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articles by: Ann Pietrangelo

How Not to Spread Invasive Pests

When hungry insects decide to travel to new areas, they can devastate crops and trees and upset native ecosystems. And we humans often inadvertently provide transportation for these hungry pests. …

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9 Facts About ALS Every Ice Bucket Challenger Should Know

You've probably watched dozens of videos of friends and celebrities dumping buckets of ice water over their heads and challenging others to do the same. This video, though, cuts right to the heart of …

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6 Things to Know About Obamacare

I hate the word "Obamacare." Last year, television host Jimmy Kimmel took to the streets to ask passersby which they liked better, Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act (ACA). They're one and the same,…

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Tips to Avoid Backpack Injuries

As you make your way through your back-to-school checklist, there's one item that could directly affect your child's health. The backpack. While style, color, and the latest "in" logos may be uppermos…

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5 Things Your Doctor Won’t Tell You Unless You Ask

If you want to make the most out of your time with your doctor, you've got to be honest. Keeping important details to yourself may harm you in the long run. Doctors also know a lot of things we don't…

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Stigmatized and Misunderstood, Hepatitis Kills 1.5 Million People a Year

It's ignored, stigmatized, and misunderstood, but it kills 1.5 million people every year, as many as HIV/AIDS. It's the leading cause of liver cancer. Hepatitis is a serious inflammation of the liver,…

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We’re Wasting Food & Money By Misreading These Labels

"Sell By," "Best By," "Use By." If food labels are confusing you, you're not alone. That confusion is causing us to dump tons of perfectly edible food. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic R…

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Is Climate Change Causing Your Kidney Stones?

More people are getting kidney stones, and a new study suggests that rising temperatures may have something to do with it. More than half a million people visit U.S. emergency rooms each year due to k…

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Have an Orgasm, Skip the Alcohol

If you want to open up some positive communication in your relationship, have an orgasm, but skip the alcohol, according to a new study published in Communication Monographs. When you have an orgasm, …

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Dear America, We Have a Drinking Problem.

Eighty-eight thousand deaths a year? One in 10? Why are so many U.S. adults drinking themselves to death? A shocking new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that fro…

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about Ann Pietrangelo

Ann Pietrangelo is the author of No More Secs! Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Multiple Sclerosis and Catch That Look: Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Triple-Negative Breast Cancer. She is a freelance writer and member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Follow on Twitter @AnnPietrangelo

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Anyone who would tattoo or pierce a pet is unfit to have animals or children in there care. This is …

From the heart....that always feels good to me. :-)

A very informative article teaching about the "power plants" . Not a path to play with.

You live, & then you die. In between try to do the best you can, like not smoking, drinking t…