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Abused Children Prone to Smoking More as Teens and Adults
According to a paper found online in the Journal of Adolescent Health, researchers have learned people are apt to smoke whether or not they were sexually or physically abused, but tend to smoke more...more



New Study Exposes Alcohol Consumption is a Continuing Public Health Disaster
A new study finds that between 2007 and 2009, alcohol was a 'necessary' cause of death and, which resulted in liver disease, the main culprit of these deaths. The study also finds that the risk...more

Cigarette Taxation Shrinks Alcohol Consumption among Vulnerable Populations
A new study to be published in the January 2014 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research states that cigarette taxation is one of the most useful policies to cut down smoking. Through...more

Young People with Impulsive Attitudes Prone to Drink Heavily
University of Liverpool researchers conducted a study that reveals impulsivity in young people can contribute to heavy drinking at an early age. The findings illustrate that marking...more

NY Nonprofit Aims to End Homelessness and Addiction
Project Renewal launched a culinary training program that trains people for food service jobs in hopes of ending cycles of homelessness, addiction and jail time. With its Nonprofit Comfort Food...more

Youth Using E-cigarettes More Prone to Smoke More
Researchers from the UC San Francisco found that youth using e-cigarettes were more likely to try quitting, but also were less likely to have stopped smoking and were smoking more, not less. The...more

Use of Crystal Meth by Street Youth Increases Risk of Injecting Drugs
According to a study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal), use of crystal methamphetamine by street youth is associated with increased risk of injecting drugs. Participants of...more

Regular Cocaine and Cannabis Use May Increase Impulsive Behavior
In a study published in the British Journal of Pharmacology, regular cannabis and cocaine drug use may trigger addictive behaviors. Under cannabis usage, subjects were slower, but made more...more

Young Marijuana-Consumers More Aware of Health Risks than Abstainers
In a study entitled "Health literacy and substance use in young Swiss men" published in the International Journal of Public Health, findings show that young consumers of cannabis (or marijuana) are...more






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Bill Drayton Urges Development of Empathy in Social Entrepreneurship


Bill Drayton Urges Development of Empathy in Social Entrepreneurship

Bill Drayton, Ashoka founder, coined the phrase “social entrepreneur” instead of almost naming it as “public service entrepreneur”. He strongly encourages empathy especially through the education sector, and explains why having that trait is more important than ever now.




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