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Beef Inspection Finds Serious Yucky Risks!

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We always knew beef had risks, especially after hearing about pink slime, but after the Kansas City Star closely investigated the meat, we have become even more turned off by this icky edible!

The meat industry has been claiming that meat is safer than ever, but once the news source revealed that they found Fecal Contamination in beef, there's no way we can believe them.

The Star reported what was found at one of Tyson's beef plants, and we must say, it's NOT pretty:

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Making Sure Your Doggie Treats And Toys Are The Right Size

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When it comes to our pooches, we want to give them the world, right?

They're are like little furry babies for Pete's sake! LOLz!

But there are some rules pet owners should follow to keep their kids pets safe when handling treats and toys.

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Strawberries Are Super Food!

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Mmmmm Strawberries

We knew it! We knew it all along!

Strawberries are considered a super food!

They actually contain more vitamin C than citrus fruits, so they're great for helping to ward off colds — and foods rich in vitamin C may lower the risk of cancers of the gastrointestinal tract!

Strawberries are also

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Soaking Gummy Bears In Booze Is The Fad For Teens Right Now

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Alcohol Gummy Bears

It's hard enough to try and keep teens from drinking nasty Natty Light beer, let alone booze soaked gummy bears (which sound delicious).

Nobody wants their kids to drink. Not until they can realize how stupid it can be to over-indulge, and all the risks that come with it. Not until they can be responsible. Peer pressure is such a bitch.

But banning them without educating them just makes them scary clever:

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Why Those Tobacco Companies Are So Mad: Graphic Images Work In Turning People Away From Smoking

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Smoking Graphics Work

Remember when we were talking about how the Tobacco Companies were suing the federal government over the policy that they now have to include a graphic image, warning, and help to quit hotline number on their packaging?

And do you remember how we said that we felt like it was less about them caring about their first amendment rights and more about them being pissed that they'll lose money from lives being saved?

Well it turns out all that greedy anger has a basis, because those graphic images work!

Smokers are less likely to buy cigarettes if they are in plain, unbranded packages with warning labels featuring graphic images of cancer, a new study finds.

"We found that the label with just the front text warning had little effect on consumers," study co-author and professor of economics Matthew Rousu said in a university news release. "However, demand was significantly lower for packs with grotesque images, with the lowest demand associated with the plain, unbranded pack."

Bids for the plain, unbranded packs with the graphic photo of mouth cancer were 17 percent lower than the bids for packages with the current U.S. warning label.

The study appears in the September issue of the journal Health Policy.

"Results from our study suggest that the new health warnings with graphic pictures will reduce demand for cigarettes," Rousu said. Regulators should consider health warnings with graphic pictures, but also plain packaging policies for tobacco products," he added. "Color and brand imagery can support false beliefs about reduced risks of some brands."

We're jazzed that those images work! Smoking is a terrible health risk, and a risk that nobody really has to take. And steps towards eliminating it and saving lives is a good step.

We understand that there is and always will be a choice for people to smoke, but hopefully for their health's sake these new labels will help them choose wisely!

[Image via AP Images.]

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Sex Ed. Now Required For NYC City Schools

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Public Middle Schools and High Schools in NYC are now required to have sex education courses. This isn't too unusual as most of the schools already follow a very similar plan, and parents still have the right to opt their kids out of contraceptive method lesson days.

The policy shift, first reported in The New York Times, means that students as young as 11 will be taught everything from the risks of unprotected sex to issues surrounding pregnancy and puberty. High schoolers will receive pointers on the proper way to use a condom, officials said.

"In high schools, an oral description of how to use a condom will be given," a Department of Education official said. "If students want a demonstration, one can be given in the health resource room."

"We must be committed to ensuring that both middle school and high school students are exposed to this valuable information so they can learn to keep themselves safe before, and when, they decide to have sex," Chancellor Dennis Walcott said in an email to colleagues.

We definitely think this is important. Things are happening younger and younger at an alarming rate and the best course of action is knowledge. Talking to your kids is one thing, but to get the proper clinical side to things, it's best to be in a classroom setting.

We're wondering if this is going to upset parents, or if the support will be there and waiting for the new changes.

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How To Avoid Common Running Injuries

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Running isn't exactly a contact sport, but there are still plenty of injury risks associated with the activity.

Check out a few tips below to make sure you steer clear of a bad case of shin splints or annoying knee pain.

Shin splints are small tears where lower leg muscles attach to the shin bone and are caused from overuse. Typically, they occur because the calf muscle becomes stronger than the tibialis anterior (the muscle outside of the shin).

To prevent these painful tears, stretch your calves regularly and take advantage of toe and heel walks to help balance muscles on the lower leg.

Runner's knee is pain in or around the knee often caused by tight hamstrings and calves paired with weak quads.

To prevent this pain in the knee, strengthen quads with wall squats, for example, and stretch the hamstrings regularly, but particularly after running.

ITB Syndrome is characterized by a sharp pain on the outside of the knee and is caused because the iliotibial band (connective tissue to the pelvis) pulls the knee cap out of alignment.

The best prevention is a daily massage with a foam roller on the outside of your leg, but also strengthening stabilizing muscles on the sides of the pelvis helps too.

Plantar Fasciitis is pain in the heel and arch of the foot caused by microscopic tears when the foot muscles are pulled taut.

Stretching paired with strengthening, such as toe scrunches, is the best prevention. To perform a toe scrunch pull your toes back toward your heel about 50 times in less than a minute.

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