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Study reveals 46 harmful effects of social media

The Daily Mail reports that researchers at the University of Technology, in Sydney, Australia report that they are 46 harmful things associated with use of Social Media sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Poll: Majority don’t believe unvaccinated people should lose their jobs

With US President Joe Biden recently stating that he doesn’t believe the COVID restrictions will end until 98% of Americans are vaccinated and politicians and health officials looking for creative ways to punish people who aren’t, a recent survey by the Trafalagar Group suggests that the majority of Americans (65%) do not believe a person should lose their job if they are unvaccinated.

Drugs used for other diseases may treat Alzheimer’s: Where have we heard this before?

Alzheimer’s is a deadly and heartbreaking neurological disease as families watch loved ones disappear. But researchers at a medical center in Queensland, Australia, believe that other drugs, already designated safe for human use for other conditions, may prove effective in fighting off the effects of the neurodegenerative disorder.

Poll: Have universities become re-education camps?

According to a recent survey reported by The College Fix, a ‘freedom of speech’ organization for university students, over half the students on US Campuses said they hold back on expressing their opinions on social or political issues during classes over fears of mockery or rejection and by fears that their grades will be reduced for holding opinions not approved by their professor.

Study: Just 30-seconds of Mozart could reduce epileptic seizures

According to researchers from Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine, just 30 seconds of Mozart has the ability to calm the parts of our mind linked to seizure and epileptic attacks. Study Finds reports that the researchers had 16 people with drug resistant epileptic seizures listen to several clips of music, including Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos, written in 1781. As they were listening, the researchers monitored their brain activity using electroencephalograms. They found that as the people listened to Mozart, there was an average 66.5% reduction in the electrical spikes in the brain that cause epilepsy. This song, along with “40-Hz auditory gamma-band tones,” were the only musical clips that recorded a reduction. Based on their observations, the researchers concluded that listening to Mozart daily could reduce the number of epileptic seizures by as much as 66%. This was not the first study to notice that this particular song positively impacted brain activity. An earlier study found that the song increased a person’s “spatial reasoning ability.” READ: Just 30 seconds of Mozart calms brain regions …

Poll: Conservative media viewers more accurately estimate COVID death rate

Several surveys have shown that people have an exaggerated fear of COVID. A survey, earlier this year, revealed that the French believe that the death rate for those who contract COVID was ten times higher than the actual percentage. And it is not much better in America. The Western Journal reported on a recent poll conducted by Rasmussen that went a step further and tried to find out why people have such an exaggerated fear of COVID. First, the pollster determined if their fear of COVID was exaggerated. According to Johns Hopkins University, 1.6% of people who contract COVID actually died of the virus. The Rasmussen survey revealed that: 30% of Americans believed less 2% die (the right answer). 20% believed it was between 2% and 5% (up three times higher). 17% believed it was between 5% and 10% (up to six times higher). 19% believed it was greater than 10% (over six times higher). But then Rasmussen decided to find out how many people got the right answer based on what news channels they …

Study: Nearly 50% of COVID hospitalizations were mild or asymptomatic

A recent study examining nearly 50,000 COVID cases admitted to 100 Veteran Affairs (VA) hospitals in the US has come to some startling conclusions. The researchers (Dr. Fillmore et al) discovered that between March 2020 and January 2021 (pre-vaccination period), 36% of the COVID admissions were actually asymptomatic, meaning they were showing no symptoms of the virus or had mild symptoms. The number who had mild or no symptoms jumped to 48% of COVID admissions from mid-January to the end of June 2021. The researchers concluded that in the first half of 2021, nearly half of the admissions were either for unrelated health issues or for mild symptoms of the virus. According to the report, VA hospitals test every admission for COVID. Many were admitted for other issues, and only found out they had asymptomatic or a mild case of COVID once they were in the hospital. The researchers noted that this study involved mostly men and took place largely before the Delta variant hit. READ: New study indicates about half of COVID hospitalizations this year …

Mile-wide Christians

A recent poll conducted by the Cultural Research Center of Arizona Christian University headed by George Barna uncovered some questionable beliefs about those who self-identify as Christians in America. In the poll, about 69% of Americans (176 million) self-identified as Christian. And though that number seem impressive, it falls inline with that old saying of being a mile wide, but only one inch deep. The poll revealed that self-identification does not necessarily refer to a Biblical definition of Christianity. They are Christian only in the sense that they grew up in what could loosely be described as a Christian home. They don’t regularly attend religious services, but if they did, it would be a Christian one. So in that sense they follow the Christian tradition, more than they follow Christian beliefs. And this showed up, as the poll exposed the actual beliefs of these self-identifying Christians: For example, 72% of self-identified Christians believe that everyone is basically good. And this almost perfectly corresponds with their response to the another question, where only 34% said that …

CDC study: Over 80% of Americans have COVID antibodies

One of the reasons that COVID spread so quickly last year is because it was a new virus, that most believe had been genetically manipulated in a lab in Wuhan, China, before it leaked out. We had not seen it before and as a result there was no natural immunity to the virus in the human population. As a result, the virus spread rapidly, impacting those with underlying health issues and particularly those over the age of 65.

One prescription for mental stress

I was watching an interesting video the other day by famed University of Toronto psychologist, Jordan Peterson, and he was talking about the mental health struggles that people go through. He compared this problem to a balloon that if you keep pumping air into it will eventually blow up. But, he noted, that this break will take place at the balloon’s weakest point. He says that the same thing happens to people. When life starts getting complicated, and things start piling up, and we are hit with multiple issues at the same time, job loss, health issues, marital problems, the death of family or friends, the pressure builds until sometimes we break at our weakest psychological point. And we are living in very complicated times, with all those issues compounded by a virus, lockdowns and growing societal unrest. So, how to we deal with stress during these anxiety-filled days? Several years back, two researchers, Joshua Brown and Joel Wong, decided to study the impact that thankfulness has on a person’s mental well-being. In their article, …

Atheists have faith, 85% believe in aliens

I recently read an interesting article published by Religion News Service that reported on a Pew survey conducted this year on the belief in alien life. While atheists enjoy mocking Christians because of our belief in God, the poll found that atheists, despite their claims of being evidence-based, also have faith, as most believe in the existence of aliens. According to Pew’s survey conducted in 2021, 85% of atheists/agnostics said they believed in little green men. But they weren’t alone, as the same survey revealed that 80% of nones, those with no religious affiliation, also claimed they believe in aliens. Though certainly not as high, overall 57% of Christians similarly claimed they believed in the possibility of life on other planets, but when broken down by religious affiliation, Evangelicals at 40% were among the lowest to hold such an opinion. And if a survey conducted in 2014 by Astronomer David Weintraub is any indication, atheists’ belief in aliens is growing. The Vanderbilt University professor conducted a similar survey for his book, Religions and Extraterrestrial life, …