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Why Loughner is not mentally competent to stand trial
May 26th, 2011
03:02 PM ET

Why Loughner is not mentally competent to stand trial

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that accused Arizona Safeway shooter, Jared Loughner, who has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, is not mentally competent to stand trial. What exactly does that mean?

In order to stand trial, generally it must be determined that the defendant is in touch with reality and has a rational understanding of basic concepts as they relate to the criminal process.

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Zahn: I weigh less than I have in 20 years
May 26th, 2011
02:38 PM ET

Zahn: I weigh less than I have in 20 years

In baseball slang the phrase “hitting below the Mendoza line” refers to a player having a batting average below .200. If you want to continue to play Major League Baseball you better not hit below the Mendoza Line.

I am happy to say that I am below my Mendoza Line for the first time in over 20 years.

The line I am referring to is the 200 pound line. When I started this adventure back in November my weight was 261 pounds and the thought of being under 200 was inconceivable.
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Niacin heart trial stopped early due to lack of benefit
May 26th, 2011
02:06 PM ET

Niacin heart trial stopped early due to lack of benefit

A government trial using niacin to raise good cholesterol levels ended early when patients failed to get the expected protection against heart attack and stroke. A small number of patients actually had in increase in stroke.

The AIM-HIGH study funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute recruited 3,400 patients who were at risk for heart trouble despite the fact that their bad cholesterol was under control with the use of a statin drug. The trial aimed to show that by giving patients the B vitamin niacin plus a statin drug to lower their bad cholesterol, patients might have fewer heart complications. But the study ended 18 months early because there was no additional cardiovascular benefit in those taking niacin.

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Good in Bed: Getting back in sexual sync
May 26th, 2011
07:08 AM ET

Good in Bed: Getting back in sexual sync

Ian Kerner, a sexuality counselor and New York Times best-selling author, blogs about sex on Thursdays on The Chart. Read more from him at his website, GoodInBed.

With an estimated 40 million Americans stuck in sexless marriages, mismatched libidos could be the No. 1 sex-related issue facing couples in long-term relationships.

Generally, at the start of a relationship, the thrill of infatuation keeps us sexually motivated - the whole “can’t keep your hands off of each other” phase - but once we settle into a sense of routine, gaps in libido that may have previously been masked become revealed. Sex drive is very individual, and no two people can reasonably expect to always be in sync over the course of a long-term relationship, regardless of their love for each other.
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