Author Archives: Colman Andrews

What Every Presidential Candidate’s Last Name Means

You might think that the 21 Democratic candidates for president in 2020 (actually 20 -- Bernie Sanders is an Independent), plus a couple over on the other side, represent an ...
Read Full Story »

Swiss Women and Australian Men Live Longer on Average Than Anyone Else

Swiss women live longer in general than any other group of men or women -- some 79.03 years -- according to a new review of average lifespans in 15 major ...
Read Full Story »

These Are the Best and Worst Credit Cards of 2019

What’s in your wallet? If it’s a Discover card, you’re probably happy. That’s according to the 2019 Credit Card Satisfaction Survey, its 13th annual iteration, just released by the global ...
Read Full Story »

Why Your Cooking Is Bad for the Environment and How to Make It Better

If you’re concerned about the health of the world around us, you’ve probably already adopted certain measures to help minimize your negative impact on the environment -- turning off unneeded ...
Read Full Story »

Americans Spend Almost $150 Billion a Year on Illicit Drugs

Drug-users in the United States spent almost $150 billion on cocaine (including crack), marijuana (both legal and otherwise), heroin, and methamphetamine in 2016, the most recent year for which statistics ...
Read Full Story »

Why a Psychologist Might Help If You’re in Chronic Pain

An article just published in the Harvard Medical School health blog suggests reasons why your doctor might recommend seeing a psychologist if you’re in chronic pain. “Pain, depression, and anxiety ...
Read Full Story »

The World’s Healthiest Packaged Food? It’s British, Says a New Study

Forget fish and chips, sticky toffee pudding, and that fat-heavy full English breakfast combination known colloquially as the “heart attack special.” No one is going to claim that foods like ...
Read Full Story »

Is Amazon Flouting the Law With Its Supposed L.A. Liquor Store?

Earlier this month, it was announced that Amazon had applied for a license to open a brick-and-mortar liquor store in San Francisco so that it could legally deliver wine and ...
Read Full Story »

If You Have These on Your Street, You Might Live Longer

A new study out of Toronto suggests that a lack of trees in a neighborhood is one of the factors that might increase mortality rates for residents. Researchers at the ...
Read Full Story »

Less Unemployment Is the Good News; the Bad News Is That It Means More of This

About 164,000 new jobs were created in the U.S. in July, and the national unemployment rate stands at 3.7% -- compared with 5.7% in Canada and 6.3% in the European ...
Read Full Story »

This Is America’s Favorite Cleaning Task, But They May Not Be Doing It Right

Doing the laundry might not be everybody’s idea of a good time, but according to the American Cleaning Institute’s 2019 National Cleaning Survey, some 24% of the people polled named ...
Read Full Story »

Study: Americans Are Clueless About How Many Calories Are Actually in Their Fast Food

We all know that eating a lot of fast food is bad for our health. That doesn’t stop almost 40% of us from doing just that every day, according to ...
Read Full Story »

20 Bacon Flavored Foods the World Doesn’t Need

Bacon satisfies on many levels. It’s smoky, salty, meaty, slightly sweet, and crispy -- unless it’s only lightly cooked, and then it’s just deliciously, unctuously fatty. It’s an indulgent pleasure, ...
Read Full Story »

Study: Our DNA Influences How Much We Drink

“Alcohol consumption is a heritable complex trait,” according to a new paper published in the journal Nature Human Behavior. In other words, how much we drink is in our genes. ...
Read Full Story »

This Animal Might Hold the Secret to Curing Autism and Alzheimer’s

The alpaca is an amiable, fluffy furred mammal from the Andes, related to the llama. Alpacas are said to make good pets, but are raised primarily for their soft wool, ...
Read Full Story »