Frontline has done so many fascinating documentaries for PBS and the latest is no exception. It's called "The New Asylums" and explores the American prison system and asks why there are so manyÂ mentally ill inmates in prison. Although a little less thanÂ 55,000 Americans receive treatment in psychiatric wards, almost ten times that many mentally ill adults are in jails and prisons across the country. Here's a bit from the Frontline website:
Of the nearly 2 million inmates being held in prisons and... READ ON
Will Japan face a population decline? There's definitely a shortage of babies.Â
"Japanese people simply aren't having sex," Dr. Kunio Kitamura, director of the Japan Family Planning Association, was quoted as saying by the Japan Times, an English language daily.
An association survey of 936 people between the ages of 16 and 49 showed 31 percent had not had sex for more than a month "for no particular reason" -- a condition known as "sexless."
Japan's fertility rate -- the average number of... READ ON
Gladwell really ripped on The New York Times for their story on pharmaceutical prices, with the headline "Drug Prices Up Sharply." The Times story covered the 3.9% increase in prescription drug prices over the first three months of the year. But, as Gladwell points out:
It isn't until you read a little closer that you realize that the price increase just refers to brand-name pharmaceutical prices.Â And what the article never mentions at all is that the AARP released a second study... READ ON
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With 9.5 million students fighting for only 2.6 million spots in Chinese universities, some students are going to extreme measures to score higher on admissions tests.
One student "used earphones so small that they slipped into his aural canal and perforated his eardrum, the China Daily newspaper said. Another student's earphones required an operation for their removal, the paper said, while an electronic device connected to headphones and strapped to a third student's body exploded, leaving a bleeding... READ ON
Mexico is just a few weeks away from electing a new president and the race is getting more heated every day. The two leaders are leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and conservative candidate Felipe Calderon. The LA Times explains:
With Mexican voters more polarized between rich and poor than at any time since the 1910 revolution, there's talk that the United States' most populous neighbor — and the main source of its legal and illegal immigration — could descend into political... READ ON
Okay, so I'm not really wondering that but it seems like studies continue to come out that indicate that it's better for children to be exposed to dirt and other irritants early in life so their immune systems will be stronger. A couple of new studies with rats not only grossed me out but also made me think that there must be something to this belief. Â
Gritty rats and mice living in sewers and farms seem to have healthier immune systems than their squeaky clean cousins that frolic in cushy... READ ON
One of Prince Charles's Secret Service code names was "Unicorn."