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Opioids: What You Need to Know

1/12 What Are They?Also called narcotics, opioids are a kind of pain medication your doctor may give you after an accident or surgery, or as treatment for a chronic disease like arthritis. Most are made from the opium plant, but some (called synthetic opioids) are made in a lab. Either way, they affect the reward center of your brain and boost your levels of certain brain chemicals that block pain, slow your breathing, and generally make you feel calm. Swipe to advance 2/12 TypesOpioids have different strengths, and some are legal and some aren’t. Examples include: CodeineMeperidine (Demerol)Oxycodone (OxyContin)Oxycodone and acetaminophen (Percocet)FentanylHydrocodone and acetaminophen (Lortab, Norco, Vicodin)MethadoneMorphineHeroin Swipe to advance 3/12 Short-Acting vs. Long-ActingShort-acting opioids, like Vicodin or Percocet, get medication into your system quickly. When you take them as directed, like immediately after surgery, you probably won’t have any issues. But if you take them for…

8 Reasons to Eat More Peaches

1/11 Peaches Promote HealingDon’t be fooled by a peach’s small size and delicate skin. Just one fruit has up to 15% of the vitamin C you need each day. This nutrient helps your body heal wounds and keeps your immune system going strong. It also helps get rid of “free radicals” -- chemicals that have been linked to cancer because they can damage your cells. Swipe to advance 2/11 Help Your EyesightAn antioxidant called beta-carotene gives peaches their pretty golden-orange color. When you eat it, your body turns it into vitamin A, which is key for healthy vision. It also helps keep other parts of your body, like your immune system, working like it should. Swipe to advance 3/11 Keep Digestion Running SmoothlyOne medium peach can give you as much as 9% of the fiber your body needs each day. High-fiber foods can protect you from health problems like diabetes, heart disease, and colorectal cancer. But the benefit you may notice the most happens in the bathroom: Getting enough fiber can help preven…

Do Not Touch These Plants

1/15 Poison IvyLike its cousins poison oak and poison sumac, it has an oily sap in its leaves called urushiol. This causes an allergic reaction that can make your skin red, swollen, and itchy. It grows over most of the U.S. except Alaska and Hawaii. Each stem grows into three “leaflets” that might help you notice it in the woods. In the East, Midwest, and South, it grows as a vine, and in the North and the West as a shrub. Swipe to advance 2/15 Poison OakIt looks a lot like poison ivy, but its leaves are more similar to those of an oak tree. The sun-facing side of the leaf has tiny hairs on it and is a darker shade of green than the ground-facing side. Though it grows all over the country, it’s more common in the West. It could be hours or days before your skin reacts to the plant sap (urushiol). And your rash may eventually turn bumpy and form blisters that ooze. Swipe to advance 3/15 Poison SumacThis woody shrub grows in wet, swampy areas all over the U.S. Each stem has 7 to 13 leaves and …

A Three Year Road Trip Documenting Kindness

Do you see the world as a place of hope and optimism? Understandably, many people don't as the barrage of bad news hits the news feed every day. Mary Latham is not one of those people though. Instead of withdrawing from the world after the loss of her mother, in 2016 she began a journey to find and create kindness as she traveled across the US. Over the past years, she says she's found nothing but goodness and kindness in the people who offered her hospitality. Read on to discover the truth in what Mary's mother told her: "Mary, there are always going to be tragedies in the world, but there will always be more good you just have to look for it."

How to Raise Boys Who Are in Touch With Their Feelings

A new book argues that we are hurting boys by not helping them value their emotions and their social connections.

By Jill Suttie

After college, psychologist Michael Reichert worked as a counselor at family court, helping make recommendations for the many teenage boys caught up in delinquent acts like stealing, fighting, and running away from home. When reading through police and school reports, he would often be struck by how many of these offenders had had extremely troubled, heartbreaking experiences of abuse and neglect.

“There was a common thread—an unspoken tragedy—at work . . . in my clients’ stories: their maleness,” he writes in his new book, How to Raise a Boy: The Power of Connection to Build Good Men. “In each case, a confounded sense of self, some degree of numbness and cluelessness, disconnection and mental isolation, lay behind choices that ranged from self-defeating to self-destructive.”

The problem is one that’s rampant in American culture: Boys are raised to ignore their …

The Bad Kids

Vonda Viland is a mother figure, coach, cheerleader, and counselor. She has to be. As the principal of Black Rock Continuation High School on the edge of California's Mojave Desert, Ms. V--as she's known to her 121 at-risk students has heard countless stories of personal or familial alcohol or drug addiction, chronic truancy, and physical and sexual abuse. Over 90 percent of the school's students live below the poverty line; most have a history of serious disciplinary issues and have fallen too far behind at traditional schools to catch up. As a new documentary about the school titled "The Bad Kids" explains, Black Rock is the students' "last chance."

Want a Better World? Here’s How to Have the Confidence to Make It Happen!

Your confidence can change the world by starting simply and building a ripple effect right at home! This thought leader helps us build it in ourselves and others with three simple concepts.

How Space Can Heal What Divides Us

The Overview Effect is the experience many astronauts describe after seeing the Earth from space. "There, devoid of territory lines and set in the vast backdrop of the universe, this spectacle gives them a new perspective on our need to come together as a global society. For most, it is profoundly life-changing." Two years ago, MaryLiz Bender was so inspired by this phenomenon that she sold her belongings and set out for a minimal life on the road in search of answers from astronauts to better understand their transformation. In all of her interviews, the common theme was that seeing the Earth from space causes a shift in perspective that elevates empathy. In this article, Bender shares what she's learned and provides insights into the profound effects of living from a place of awe and wonder.

13 Surprising Uses for Baking Soda

You use it for baking, or to deodorize your fridge. Here's why baking soda deserves a spot in your medicine cabinet, too.

1/14 Not Just for Your KitchenYou may know it as the orange box that lurks in the back of your fridge to take out bad smells. Or as a pantry staple that helps your baked goods rise. But baking soda, aka sodium bicarbonate, deserves a spot in your medicine cabinet, too. Here’s how it helps keep your body healthy and clean. Swipe to advance 2/14 Green Teeth CleanerBaking soda works great to physically remove plaque, the sticky film of bacteria in your mouth. Over time, a plaque buildup hardens into tartar and can lead to gum disease. Dip a wet toothbrush into the powder and brush as usual. It doesn’t have the fluoride you need to protect against tooth decay and cavities. Many public water supplies have added fluoride. Even so, brush with regular toothpaste as well to be safe. Swipe to advance 3/14 Inexpensive MouthwashThat garlic aioli pasta was delish. But now your …