How TikTok is turning a generation of video addicts into a data goldmine | John Naughton

Question: what do men and Excel have in common? Answer: they’re always automatically turning things into dates when they’re not. To younger people – that is, anyone under the age of 20 – Microsoft’s spreadsheet program, a tool as essential to accountants as saws are to carpenters, is the contemporary equivalent of mom jeans, handwritten … Read more

Mycobacterium abscessus Pneumonia in Severe Alcoholism

In the United States, Mycobacterial tuberculous Infection is not commonly seen, and the rate of infection has substantially decreased (incidence of 2.4 cases per 100,000 persons in 2021 from 12.2 in 1980 to the CDC website). The incidence of nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) infection on the other hand is rapidly increasing. A relatively recent study suggested … Read more

Problematic alcohol use is dangerous and costly. The SOBER Act will reduce crime and incarceration.

Responsible alcohol consumption is safe and enjoyable, and nearly all alcohol users drink responsibly. At the same time, problematic alcohol use by a relatively small share of drinkers creates enormous social costs. A recent study found destructive alcohol use cost the US nearly $250 billion in 2010 alone. The most serious cost of problematic drinking … Read more

Intravenous (IV) Opioid Use: Pros, Cons, and Alternatives

Opioids are a type of drug derived from the opium poppy plant. They cause a variety of effects, including pain relief. Opioids include both legal substances, like prescription opioids, and illegal substances, like heroin. Opioids can also be: naturally occurring like morphine semi-synthetic like oxycodone synthetic (fully lab-made) like fentanyl When prescribed, they typically treat … Read more

The Trouble with Binge Drinking Over Age 30

June 23, 2022 – When you think of binge drinking, you probably imagine young college students overdoing it at big weekend bashes: Kegs, shots, loud music, and bad behavior. And indeed, according to a national survey, more than half of college students (53%) reported drinking in the past month, and about 33% engaged in binge … Read more

How to Stop Dating People Who Are Wrong for You

“How to Build a Life” is a weekly column by Arthur Brooks, tackling questions of meaning and happiness. Click here to listen to his podcast series on all things happiness, How to Build a Happy Life. SEngle people often lament that finding someone to date is hard. According to data from the Pew Research Center, … Read more