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Music may affect the way you shop, especially during the holiday season

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Frosty the snowman Was a jolly happy soul… It’s that time of the year again where people can order their favorite holiday drink from Starbucks or scratch off an item on the list for holiday shopping. But, it’s also that time of the year where the holiday jingles may not be too jolly after all. After a recent study by a clinical psychologist, Linda Blair from the UK, exploded across the internet, the question is does holiday music really have the potential to harm a person’s mental health and increase stress during the holidays? According to Blair, listening to holiday music on repeat while driving or in a store may induce stress by acting as a reminder of everything people have yet to finish before the holiday arrives. With a corncob pipe and a button nose And two eyes...

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A message to this generation: Get bored

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BUZZZZZ. Alarm goes off. Check emails. Get dressed. Check Twitter. Eat breakfast. Scroll through Instagram. Technology disrupts and controls thinking. It has created a need to be connected, and scientists say this generation has a problem; there is a benefit to being bored. Whether it is to avoid awkward elevator rides, seek information about the news, or look at the latest posts from family and friends, social media is turning into an avid routine for many people. This is a generation that does not know how to be bored. According to experts, 7 in 10 Americans use social media and spend over seven hours on their smartphones. Every. Single. Day. Experts say not being bored is interrupting creativity, memories and productivity. Excessive social media use is detrimental to not only our relationships, but our physical and mental health. Sitting...

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Unprotected sex? Think again

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Syphilis rates continue to rise throughout the country and in Arizona. Experts say lack of education, medical tools and now the progression of dating apps—the old-fashioned “Netflix and Chill”— have shown a positive correlation in increasing syphilis numbers. Since 2012, numbers have increased by 327 percent in Arizona compared to the number of people infected in 2016. During these years, the state recorded the third highest syphilis rates, according to federal data. However, Arizona is not the only one affected by these STD outbreaks. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016 had the highest number of new syphilis cases reported throughout all of America. Arizona trends mirror national cases. Numbers recorded in Arizona from January through August have increased 22 people in 2017 from the prior year for primary and secondary syphilis cases. The current total number...

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