1. First of its Kind Medical School in Cherokee Nation Graduates First Class of Doctors

In 2020, GNN reported that the inaugural class of the nation’s first medical college on a Native American reservation had begun their studies. Well now, they’ve just graduated.

The 46 graduating students from Oklahoma State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation include fifteen members of tribes all around the country, including Cherokee, Choctaw, Muscogee, Seminole, Chickasaw, Alaska Native, Caddo, and Osage.

Dr. Natasha Bray, the school’s dean, said that the college was formed to address a shortage of tribal physicians in the US, as just 0.3% of all licensed medical practitioners are Native American.

2. The Average American Enjoys Over 100 ‘Extraordinary Days’ in a Year

A third of your month is bound to be ‘extraordinary,’ according to a new survey.

The poll of 2,000 Americans found the average person has 10 extraordinary days per month—that’s 120 every year.

And if you live in Hawaii, Idaho, or South Dakota, you can bump that up to 13 days per month.

Living a joyful lifestyle is subjective and unique to everyone. However, big majorities agreed on several things that would define a joyful life:

What is a Joyful Life?
Feeling happy (77%)
Being healthy (71%)
Having positive personal and family relationships (69%)
Feeling comfortable (69%)

The survey—commissioned by Santa Margherita and conducted by Talker Research—aimed to figure out exactly how often Americans treat themselves, and which occasions call for indulgence.

Results found half believe “any day is a good day” to treat themselves, and they enjoy spending their most joyful days with family and friends (62%). Fully 76% said they prefer sharing their joyful feelings with others whenever they can.



3. The Science on CBD for Pets: Scientists Hope it Can Help 4-Legged Patients with Arthritis, Allergies and Anxiety

Though studies are still mixed, and products inconsistent, many scientists have hope that cannabidiol can help dogs and other furry patients suffering from arthritis, allergies and even anxiety.

A13-year-old Norwich terrier, previously limping and stiff, able to enjoy walks again. A toy poodle with epilepsy, finally relieved from seizures. In case reports, these and other dogs had their ailments eased with CBD — cannabidiol — after scant success with conventional treatments.

The positive reports also extend to more rigorous trials with placebos. “This was exciting to me because, quite honestly, I was worried that, despite the hype, it wouldn’t show a difference when studied more objectively,” says veterinary neurologist Stephanie McGrath of Colorado State University, coauthor of a review of CBD for dogs and cats in the 2023 Annual Review of Animal Biosciences.

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