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Real Life

The Hidden Disorder: Here’s 6 Tips For Dealing With Insomnia

Not being able to sleep can be a pretty common problem until it starts to seep into your daily life. Insomnia is a real life sleep disorder, and I’ve had firsthand accounts on what it can do to you and your health. Symptoms include difficulty sleeping, waking up in the night and feeling tired upon waking. To some, it may seem like an elementary problem– “just close your eyes and sleep.” But to the sleepless,

Sex-ED

Here’s Why STDs Are On the Rise

The past few years have been record-breaking in terms of the sheer number of STIs present in the country, particularly among adolescents and young adults. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 4 15 to 19 year old sexually active females have an STD. Additionally, 15 to 24 year olds account for half of the 20 million new STIs occurring each year, 65% of the 98% rise of chlamydia between 2000 and 2016,

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Mental Health

This Mental Health Awareness Week, A Reminder On Dealing With Stress

As we come to the end of Mental Health Awareness Week, which this year is focused on stress, it’s key to remember top tips on dealing with stress from exams to work and home life to friendships. Dealing with an overload of stress can lead on to mental health problems from self-injury and even suicide. A study conducted by Mental Health Foundation revealed that 74% of people in the past year have at some point

International

An Interview With Rachel Dodson: The Founder Of A Jewelry Company Dedicated To Helping At-Risk Cambodian Women

One look at Penh Lenh jewelry and you know it’s something special. But for some, it’s more than a collection of colorful, vibrant jewelry, it’s a life-saver. Penh Lenh is a jewelry brand dedicated to funding opportunities in education and the work field for at-risk Cambodian women. 100% of all sales are returned immediately to the organization and help improve the lives of the artisans women who create the pieces. Affinity sat down with the

Feminism

At Catholic Schools, Sex Ed Turns Into Shaming Young Girls

In my opinion, sex-ed is one of the most useful things which should be taught in school since kids reach puberty, and even earlier. But bad sexual education is worse than not receiving it at all; it indoctrinates young people with false, dangerous information that can have disastrous consequences. I had the misfortune of being taught sexual education in a workshop at the Catholic school I attended: it was two days filled with sexism, slut-shaming,

Race

Everyday Racism Makes People Sick: The Health Disparities Between Black And White Americans

Study after study proves that the stress of experiencing racism and discrimination is making people sick. Sick as in being more likely to experience breast cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, abdominal obesity, stroke, diabetes and premature mortality. As in being four times more likely than a white American to die in childbirth or during pregnancy as an African American and twice as likely to have one’s child die during their first year of life. In

Real Life

Why Veganism Isn’t Cruelty-Free

Veganism can be an empowering and positive choice for many, and it has become increasingly popular during recent years. Its rejection of the animal industry has helped to fight the abuse that affects millions of animals in our world. The diet is also claimed to have a positive impact on both the environment and people’s health. But is it cruelty-free? No, not if you turn to the food industry as a whole. By describing the

Politics

Why The Argument Against Gun Control Is Irrelevant

It’s hard to believe the degree of violence innocent people are witnessing every day. The Parkland shooting is only the most recent in a string of school shootings that have occurred in 2018. With 17 deaths, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has quickly surpassed Columbine to become the most devastating high school shooting and falls second only to Sandy Hook in terms of all-time school shootings. Teenagers should be writing term papers, studying for AP tests

Real Life

Mom Takes Down Those Who Killed Her Son

Karen Dobner has done everything she could for her son, Max Dobner, who tragically died in 2011 due to the effects of “iAroma,” a type of synthetic marijuana that caused him to experience hallucinations as well as a panic attack. His car reached a speed of 100 mph and fatally crashed into a house. Ever since the incident, she has dedicated the past seven years to achieving justice for her son, doing everything in her

Real Life

Doctor or Foe: The Constant Failures of the Medical World

Good Evening. My name is Matthew Derrick-Huie, I'm 23 years old my birthday is September 29th 1994 and I live in Mississauga, ON Can. I'm speaking my Mom will be typing these messages. I'm sick and I need immediate help. The following thread is my story. — John River (@LetsSaveMatthew) January 19, 2018 On the evening of Jan. 18, the parents of Twitter user @LetsSaveMatthew began to tell his very detailed story of his saga to

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