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Instant gratification doesn’t exist in terms of health. Still, we look

We live in a world where a lot of what we want and use on a regular basis exists by the tap of a finger. We can find the answer to almost any question online in seconds, hop in our car and be somewhere in minutes, or even buy something and have it at our door the next day. Instant gratification is everywhere but some have trouble understanding that this phenomenon does not exist in terms of our health. People often tend to look for a quick fix. According to the National Institutes of Health, or NIH, the average American adult tries to implement a fad diet four times per year.

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Marijuana: A growing form of medicine for some

In 2013, the majority of Americans gained the right to legally use marijuana. Since then, many more states have legalized marijuana both recreationally and medically. In the U.S. the majority of states have laws legalizing marijuana use as shown on the map below in both green and blue. The states in black are those that do not have laws legalizing marijuana use. Medical marijuana has become popular in recent times, taking the place of prescription medication.

Midwives must be licensed under new law

By CAITLIN TAYLOR Capital News Service LANSING — Michigan midwife associations were pleased when Gov. Rick Snyder signed new midwife licensing legislation into law at the beginning of the year. Midwives are trained to assist women in childbirth. They help … Continue reading →
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“How am I going to kill myself?” Student fights his inner demons

Business management sophomore Murphy Nye wakes up every morning and his first thought of the day is “How am I going to kill myself?”

Nye suffers from depression, which began his sophomore year of high school, due to the fact that his body can’t break down folic acid. The breaking down of this acid is crucial in developing neurotransmitters that affect your mood, Nye said. “I am basically living because I know my mom would be crushed if I ever did anything,” Nye said. “I am living because I know my best friend’s brother committed suicide and he told me ‘If you commit suicide, it’s like I am losing another brother and I don’t have any other brothers.’”

Nye said while he is living for others, he is trying to do the most good he can. On February 11, Nye’s student organization at Michigan State, Concerts For Cures, held its first event.

People with anxiety often take medication to lower levels.

Too much pressure on students to perform? Some say yes

For Eastern Michigan University junior Mackenzie Boismier, anxiety is a tough thing to overcome. With homework, exams, a job and other school related activities, it’s hard to find time to relax. “Just the thought of how heavily the scores of the tests impact our grades or how we do in college in general,” Boismier said when asked what gives her anxiety. “Also, since job markets are so competitive you want to make sure you’re the best so you need to do well on exams.”

According to a 2016 National College Health Assessment survey, 24.4 percent of college students said anxiety has affected their individual academic performance in the last year. This problem affects many students around the country, but what is it exactly?

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Meal delivery services a sign of time-strapped Americans

The Croizers are your average American family: two working parents and four children who are in school and after school activities. After a day of work and running the kids to activities, Susan Croizer is faced with the important question; what to have for dinner? “With work and the kids’ activities we sometimes don’t get home until 7 o’clock,” Crozier said. “At that point, it’s just quicker for us to grab something and bring it home because I don’t feel like making anything and my family doesn’t feel like waiting.”

Too much to do and too little time is the problem that affects many American families, and sadly it is a home cooked meal that falls by the wayside. “I can only get to the grocery store once a week,” Croizer said.

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‘My stress levels are way up’

Victoria Badia is a neuroscience junior at Michigan State University. She is currently studying for the Medical College Admission Test, otherwise known as the MCAT. Badia said she deals with her stress levels in a number of ways while studying for the test and taking classes, one of these is spending time with her cat. View the graphic below to read about Badia’s take on healthiness of college students, study habits on a college campus and what all of this means as far as who we are as a society.

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Bullying getting less frequent, but more education is needed

For Alexis West, bullying was always something she tried to ignore, but early in her high school years she reached a breaking point. “I tried to ignore it through most of middle school and high school, but in sophomore year I ended up having a major depressive episode that required hospitalization,” West said. “The fact that very few people were even concerned made me feel very alone, which made me feel even worse than what I already felt. So I started putting on weight, which added being fat to the list of things to be mocked about.”

According to Amanda Nickerson, director of the Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention, bullying is the “intent to cause harm and active aggression that can be verbal, physical or relational.”

Bullying is a trend sweeping the state of Michigan. According to a 2016 study done by WalletHub, Michigan has the largest bullying problem in the United States. There are multiple kinds of bullying: including verbal, relational, physical and cyber.

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“We value a lot of things over healthiness”

Caitlin Strong has worked at Mid-Michigan Family Practice in East Lansing as a medical assistant for the past six years. View the graphic below to read Strong’s take on how the healthiness of individuals is viewed in society and what this means as far as who we are.