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Study Finds Common Back Pain Treatment Doesn't Offer Relief

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A commonly prescribed treatment for people suffering from chronic back pain may not be providing any relief. A new review suggests that antidepressants when prescribed for chronic pain, provide little to no back pain relief. The review did find that the medications could however offer a modest benefit for osteoarthritis and sciatica. Their review looked at data from 33 clinical trials studying the use of antidepressants for chronic pain.

U.S.Sees 30% Increase In Methamphetamine Overdose Deaths

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Methamphetamine overdose deaths in the United States are on the rise. According to UPI, the deaths have increased nearly 30% from 2011 to 2018. The highest number of overdose deaths was seen among American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Non-Hispanic Whites had the second-highest number of overdose deaths. Methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug that can be snorted, smoked, injected, or swallowed.

Biden Lawyers Slam Harris Neice

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Meena Harris, Vice President Kamala Harris' niece, was issued a stern rebuke by lawyers for Joe Biden's Transition Team. The lawyers reminded Meena that she can't profit off her famous aunt's image. The rebuke comes after Meena unveiled a collaboration between her company and Beats By Dre. Following Republican attacks, Biden pledged that neither his family nor Harris' would profit from their administration. Yahoo News reports that Meena Harris did nothing illegal.

Unilever Promises Living Wage To Every Worker

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Unilever has promised that every worker will earn a living wage by 2030. This is even if it costs the company more, according to CNN. The living wage initiative will extend to 65,000 direct suppliers and several thousand agricultural businesses. Unilever is one of the world's biggest consumer goods companies. Its supply chain includes more than 1.5 million farmers

Cats Love Catnip Because It Is A Mosquito Repellant

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Cats seem to love catnip and silvervine, but until recently science didn't know why. When exposed to catnip or silver vine, cats lick and chew the leaves, and rub their faces against the plants. Many felines even eat the plants and experience a type of euphoria lasting 5 to 15 minutes. The effect these plants have on our feline friends has been known for centuries, but scientists didn’t fully understand the purpose.

Melania Trump Had Staffer Write Thank You Notes For Staff

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Former first lady Melania Trump reportedly asked an employee to write thank you notes on her behalf. According to Business Insider, the notes were to be given to the White House staff that has served her the past 4 years. Sources told reporters that Melania asked the staffer to write the notes "in her voice". The staffer wrote approximately 80 notes that Melania then signed. During her farewell speech issued on Tuesday, Mrs. Trump said the last four years had been "unforgettable."

Fans Slam Kim Kardashian

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People are slamming Kim Kardashian West for calling life "paradise" as the US struggles with a record number of coronavirus deaths. On Tuesday, the reality star captioned a bikini photo, "This is more than life...this is paradise." According to Business Insider she appeared to be quoting Jeremih's song "Paradise." Online commenters called her out for seemingly ignoring the worsening pandemic.

Why Tom Holland Thought He Was Going To Be Fired From 'Captain America: Civil War'

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Tom Holland opened up about playing Spider-Man in the MCU in an interview for Variety. Holland was "convinced" he was going to get fired after filming "Captain America: Civil War." The actor admits there was no reason for him to feel this way. "I don't know why. I can't really explain it," the actor said. Holland starred in two stand alone Spider-Man movies. He also showed up in "Avenger: Infinity War" and "Avengers: Endgame.

Americans Want Biden To Prioritize Small Businesses

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Spencer Platt/Getty Images Americans want President Joe Biden to prioritize small business aid and provide further relief from the pandemic. Richard Prisinzano, director of policy analysis at the Penn Wharton Budget Model, said that more aid is necessary to help businesses, but it is reliant on vaccine distribution and the pandemic timeline. Other components of Biden's stimulus proposal, like the stimulus checks and moratoriums on evictions, will also help small businesses.

Biden's Inauguration: Frederick Douglass Dream

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Tasos Katopodis via Getty Former slave Frederick Douglass was one of the greatest American intellectuals to ever live, and he dreamed that his country would live up to its promise and become a true multiracial democracy. It has been a violent struggle every step of the way. But Biden's inauguration was a tribute to what America can look and feel like when we get it right. Douglass would have been proud. This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author.

Netflix's CEO: We Need To Catch Up With Disney+

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Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said that Disney+'s ability to cope with the pandemic and release new content is "super impressive." According to Business Insider Hastings is hoping that Netflix can catch up with Disney's family animation content, like "Soul." Netflix said it plans to expand on its 200 million subscribers as it improves it explores new distribution avenues.

Supreme Court Hit With Bomb Threat

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On Wednesday, the Supreme Court received a bomb threat during President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony. "The Court received a bomb threat, the building and grounds were checked out, and the building is not being evacuated," a Supreme Court spokesperson said. There's increased security in Washington, DC, for Biden's inauguration following the Capitol riot on January 6. Business Insider says the court was closed to the public on Wednesday due to COVID-19, and was not evacuated

Netflix Stock Leaps Up 13%

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On Wednesday, Netflix stock surged as much as 15%. Business Insider reports that the company's fourth-quarter earnings beat forecasts. The video-streaming service added a record 37 million paid subscribers in 2020. Netflix expects to generate enough cash to end its borrowing spree and potentially fund share buybacks.

Royal Caribbean Selling Azamara Brand

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Royal Caribbean has announced they are selling its Azamara cruise line brand. According to Business Insider, the company will sell the line to Sycamore Partners for $201 million. The Azamara deal is the latest in a series of cruise industry disruptions amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Azamara sale is a cash transaction between Royal Caribbean and Sycamore Partners, a private equity firm. Sycamore will then own the cruising brand and its fleet of three ships.

Joe Biden Arrives In Washington

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President-elect Joe Biden arrived in Washington Tuesday to kick off his inaugural ceremonies. The normally celebratory time comes at a dark and solemn moment in American history. As the President-elect is preparing to take his oath of office, the US approaches 400,000 coronavirus deaths. Biden has said he was inspired to run for President after watching President Trump's dismissive handling of the deadly virus.

Awkward: How Fauci Describes Working Under The Trump Administration

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US President Donald J. Trump has repeatedly undermined Dr. Anthony Fauci's assessments and guidance about the coronavirus pandemic. Now, Business Insider reports Fauci admitted Tuesday that his experience serving in the Trump administration has been 'somewhat awkward.' It's not a happy day when you have to get up in front of national TV and contradict something that the President of the United States says. I take no pleasure in that at all. Dr.

The Silver Tsunami Of Aging America

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One thing is certain: there is going to be far greater demand for healthcare in the US in the coming years. That's because by 2030, every Baby Boomer will be age 65 or older, which means that 1 out of every 5 U.S. citizens will be of retirement age. According to Business Insider, the average life expectancy in the US was slightly less than 70 years old in 1968 but rose to almost 79 years old in 2016.

Yellen To Congress: Don't Fight The $15

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Former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is now being confirmed for another top job--that of Treasury Secretary in the Biden administration. And according to Business Insider, she says raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour would have little to no impact on employment. Democrats support raising the minimum wage, but it remains a partisan issue due to its potential effects on the economy. GOP lawmakers consistently argue that raising the minimum wage would cost the country millions of jobs.