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Woman Using Exercise MachineIs the motivation to exercise in your genes?

Does marijuana wreck your brain? Or was the study so much hype?

Readmissions: They may not be the hospital’s fault.

After years of failed attempts, researchers have finally generated stem cells from adults using the same cloning technique that produced Dolly the sheep in 1996.

About 16% of people who die in traffic crashes in the U.S. are bikers or pedestrians. Phoenix and Fresno are the worse cities for bikers. Detroit and Miami are the worse for pedestrians.

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  1. Andrew says:

    “Is the motivation to exercise in your genes?”

    I wonder if it is in the genes or correlated to one’s upbringing. Parents with an active, healthy lifestyle tend to breed kids who become active and vice versa.

  2. Jay says:

    I am not motivated to exercise, but now you can’t blame me, its in my genetics…

  3. Thomas says:

    “Does marijuana wreck your brain? Or was the study so much hype?”

    I feel part of it is denial on one end of the spectrum, and on the other end it’s manipulating the study to continue pot prohibition. It is probably somewhere in the middle.

    • Matthew says:

      Well alcohol also wrecks your brain, as well as liver and kidneys. Tobacco wrecks your lungs. Marijuana is going to have side effects. Inhaling burning plant matter will have some adverse effects of people.

    • Jeff K says:

      I really believe that the study was just a waste of time. If the researchers were only looking at some brain scans and didn’t study behavior it is a useless research. The study doesn’t have any new information that is relevant to the discussion of marijuana use.

      • Thomas says:

        Well people do want to jump to conclusions, especially on hot button issues such as marijuana effects.

  4. Walter Q. says:

    “Almost 60 percent of the variation in U.S. hospital readmission rates can be explained by the county where a hospital is located.”

    This is understandable in that location is a determinant. A location with older people, less physicians or access to care will increase readmissions to hospitals.

    • Bill B. says:

      It is less a reflection on the hospital and more a reflection of the demographic around the hospital.

  5. James M. says:

    “About 16% of people who die in traffic crashes in the US are bikers or pedestrians”

    This makes me think back to the Freakonomics study that a drunk pedestrian is 6 times more likely to be injuring or killed than a drunk driver.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/26/superfreakonomics-on-drun_n_333490.html

  6. Buddy says:

    “Detroit and Miami are the worst for pedestrians”

    In Detroit, if I am a pedestrian I worry less about cars and more about drive-by shootings.

  7. Mark D says:

    Everything in the world can kill you, legal or illegal, moral or immoral, and even dangerous or safe. Let people do whatever they want to do, given that they respect others. We don’t need a government to tell us what to or not to do.

  8. Buster says:

    Is the motivation to exercise in your genes?

    My sample population is only a handful of people. But some of the most conscientious exercisers I know are basically people that are slightly obsessive / compulsive, and have a little bit of melancholy in their personality. Working out boosts their feel-good brain chemicals, like serotonin, which is why I think they exercise.

  9. Studebaker says:

    About 16% of people who die in traffic crashes in the U.S. are bikers or pedestrians.

    I’ve sort of adopted a code by which I live. That is: don’t get blinding drunk on Saturday night, stagger home on foot by walking on the edge of a well-traveled road at 2:00 in the morning. The chances of getting run over by another drunk is much higher than you might believe.