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Anonymous donor pays more than $40G in Walmart layaway bills

An anonymous Secret Santa paid off more than $40,000 worth of Walmart layaway bills for 200 families in Pennsylvania. (iStock). Christmas in one area of Pennsylvania came earlier this year when an anonymous donor paid the layaway bills of 200 families at a Walmart store in Everett. An unidentified man, referred to as “Santa B” by store employees, paid off the layaway bills for families who couldn’t immediately afford Christmas gifts, Walmart ... Full story

Getting Stoned with Senior Citizens in Seattle

Senior citizens are the fastest growing demographic of marijuana users in the country. With more and more states legalizing the drug, seniors are growing increasingly comfortable with pot—and finding more ways to use it than ever before. For a look at the relationship some seniors have with weed, VICE visited a Seattle nursing home that takes its residents on field trips to a local dispensary. We sat in on their lesson about cannabis, checked ... Full story

Will Saturated Fat Kill Your Cells? Apple

No matter what kind of evidence comes out to the contrary, the anti- saturated fat sect won’t relinquish its dogma. Whenever its advance is rebuffed—perhaps by an observational study showing the lack of relations between saturated fat intake and heart disease, or a study showing the beneficial effects of saturated fat on multiple health markers—they regroup and try another route. The latest is a study that several readers sent to me, worried ... Full story

'Can I Take Metformin If I Want To Lose Weight?'

Metformin is a drug designed to treat patients with Type 2 diabetes, but it comes with an interesting side effect: weight loss . And Reddit is filled with stories from people who have lost weight on the drug. “Was trying to lose weight for a long time with no success,” one person wrote of being prescribed metformin. “I’m on 1000 mg a day and am down 10 pounds.” “I saw weight loss at first with 500 mg twice per day,” another wrote. “The ... Full story

Inside Kratom, the Gas Station Drug That Could End the Opioid Crisis

Last night's episode of Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia looked at kratom, a drug known in the US mostly as a green powder you can find in gas stations or head shops. It has a variety of uses, but according to toxicology and emergency medicine doctor Kavita Babu —who’s studied kratom for 12 years—the drug developed a higher profile in the mid 2000s as a DIY method for weaning people off opioids. You still need willpower , users say , but kratom can cut ... Full story

Embutido Recipe

Don’t waste any of the paprika-tinted delicious juices remaining in the pan—sop them up with rice instead. Full story

How gene therapy has changed my life - BBC News

How pioneering gene therapy has given a haemophilia patient a new lease of life. Full story

Trump’s E.P.A. Chemical Safety Nominee Withdraws

Michael L. Dourson, President Trump’s nominee to oversee the Environmental Protection Agency’s chemical safety division, at his Senate confirmation hearing in October. In recent weeks, two Republican senators came forward to say they would not support him. President Trump’s nominee to oversee the Environmental Protection Agency’s chemical safety division on Wednesday withdrew his name from consideration for the post in the face of mounting ... Full story

Narwhals react to certain dangers in a really strange way

FREEZE AND FLEE Narwhals, mammals known as “unicorns of the sea” for their single tusk, have another oddity: Their hearts slow to near-arrest during frantic flights into the deep. M.P. Heide-Jørgensen. View the video. When escaping from humans, narwhals don’t just freeze or flee. They do both. These deep-diving marine mammals have similar physiological responses to those of an animal frozen in fear: Their heart rate, breathing and metabolism ... Full story

Mother diagnosed with AIDS commits suicides after neighbours demand she leaves

A mother who had been recently diagnosed with AIDS after transmitting the disease from her husband committed suicide by jumping from the fifth-floor of her Bulaq al-Dakrour residence in Cairo on Sunday night, after neighbours responded with hostility upon learning she had been diagnosed with AIDS, and demanded that she leave the area immediately. The woman, 24, was a mother of two children – a 3-year-old and a 6-month-old baby. Bulaq al-Dakrour ... Full story

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