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Should Smoking Be Banned in Bars? — Survey of the Day

It wasn’t that long ago that smoking was as synonymous with bars as alcohol and questionable decisions. However, over the last decade, more and more states and local government are banning cigarettes from bars.

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Can Using Facebook Make You Sad?

Many people use social media sites to relax and unwind from the stresses of the day, even stay in touch with family and friends, but a new study indicates Facebook in particular might actually make us feel worse.

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Do You Have The Winter Blahs?

Between the bone chilling temperatures and perpetual gray skies, it’s easy to feel a little blue during the winter months. But are you sure that’s all it is?

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David McNew, Getty Images
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US Government Agency Begs to End Cell Phone Use While Driving — Health Check

Studies about the dangers of using a cell device while driving have produced mixed results — some say talking or texting behind the wheel can increase the odds of a crash exponentially, while others say the perils are few. Regardless, the National Transportation Safety Board is so convinced of the dangers of “distracted driving” that it’s now called for a nationwide ban on non-emergency cell phone use while driving. Even hands-free devices are not excluded.

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Sorry Smokers, It’s Better to Avoid Short Cuts When Quitting — Health Check

While surveys consistently show that more than 3 out of 4 smokers would like to quit, only about 10 percent of those who try each year are successful. Fortunately, new studies show one way to raise those numbers is to treat smoking as a chronic disease — like high blood pressure — for which long-term treatment is offered

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Julie @ Frugally Retro, Flickr
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Is Gum Our Secret Weapon Against Ear Infections? — Health Check

Painful ear infections, common among children, are frustratingly heartbreaking for parents. But what if you could stave them off simply by having your kids chew gum?

Scandinavian researchers have found “fair evidence” to support the conclusion that children who chew gum containing the natural sweetener xylitol may have a lower risk of developing middle ear infections. In fact, regular consumption of xylitol in gum, lozenges or syrup was associated with a 25 percent reduced risk for such infections.

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Video Games Might Be Warping Our Minds — Health Check

Is your kid hooked on video games? New research says simple brain-wiring may be to blame. Brain scans conducted on 154 teenagers who played video games at least nine hours per week found the structure and activity in the part of the brain associated with reward processing was larger than in those who played less often

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Women Who Exercise More and Watch Less TV Tend to Be Happier — Health Check

A study of almost 50,000 women over a 14-year period found older women who exercised more and spent less time watching television were the least likely to be diagnosed with depression.

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Christopher Furlong, Getty Images
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Fatty and Sugary Foods May Be as Addictive as Cocaine and Cigarettes

There is a growing body of evidence suggesting fatty and sugary foods rewire the brain in the same way drugs like cocaine and nicotine do, leading to addiction.

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How Long is Too Long in the Freezer?
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How Long is Too Long to Eat Frozen Food?

Do you think my breakfast sandwich is freezer burned? It is the only breakfast I have available this morning and I am super hungry.

I discovered eating something that has been in the freezer too long cannot hurt me

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Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
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Potatoes Are Your New Weight Loss Enemy

Potatoes are always a part of Southern cooking: French fries, fried potatoes and onions, baked potatoes and boiled potatoes with other veggies are yummy sides to any main course. Potatoes are inexpensive, usually fat-free and cholesterol-free source of vitamins and fiber. But a new study has shown that potatoes might contribute to weight gain -- and not just when they are fried.

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Top 5 Grossest/Worse Bathrooms in Texarkana
Top 5 Grossest/Worse Bathrooms in Texarkana
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Top 5 Grossest/Worst Bathrooms in Texarkana

We are all human.  We all have to use the bathroom throughout the day. Where you are when "it" hits is vitally important, especially for women. Here are my Top 5 Grossest/Worst Bathrooms in Texarkana:

Albertson's on Stateline: Unfortunately I was sick on a Saturday (very busy day) and had to get some medication from the pharmacy at Albertson's on Stateline. While waiting f

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