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Friday, April 25, 2014

Pro Con Updates of the Most Controversial Subjects

We have highlighted five of the most interesting research updates at ProCon.org in the last few weeks.

Those five updates include a resource on the cost of an average college tuition v. median income, the legalization of medical marijuana in Maryland, information on medical marijuana and glaucoma, a gallery of prescription drug advertisements from the 1800s to 2012, as well as top pro and con quotes on the debate surrounding whether or not the US should continue its drone strikes abroad.

Median Incomes v. Average  
College Tuition, 1971-2012
1. COLLEGE EDUCATION
Median Incomes v. Average College Tuition Rates, 1971-2012 - The average tuition at private nonprofit 4-year colleges has been higher than the median annual income for women since 1994. Our new infographic and charts explore the average college tuition at 4-year public and private nonprofit colleges, as well as the median incomes for men and women, from 1971-2012.

2. MEDICAL MARIJUANA
Maryland becomes 21st US state to legalize medical marijuana - Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley signed HB 881 into law, which will allow the use of medical marijuana for certain conditions (including severe or chronic pain and seizures) under specific guidelines.
Is Marijuana an Effective Treatment for Glaucoma? - Read quotes from Elvy Musikka, a patient in the federal Compassionate IND program for medical marijuana (pro), the Glaucoma Research Foundation (con), Thomas Orvald, MD, a cardiac surgeon (pro), and the American Medical Association (con), plus more doctors, glaucoma organizations, medical marijuana dispensaries, and others.

Thorazine Advertisement, 1960s
3. PRESCRIPTION DRUG ADS
Drug Ads Gallery, 1800s-2014 - Explore advertisements for drugs such as Hamlin's Wizard Oil (1890) for rheumatism, Bulgarian Herb Tea (1928) to prevent the flu, Andrews Liver Salt (1947) for "inner cleanliness," Miltown (1968) for "battered parent syndrome," Prolixin (1982) for drug compliance, and Provigil (2007) for shift work sleep disorder, as well as ads through the years for still-used drugs such as Ritalin and Thorazine. 
4. DRONES
Should the United States Continue Its Use of Drone Strikes Abroad? - Read our top pro and con quotes from President Barack Obama (pro), journalist Glenn Greenwald (con), former fighter pilot Martha McSally (pro), Amnesty International (con), and many other experts in the debate over US drone strikes.
5. FROM OUR HEADLINES

E-BOOK: THE PROS AND CONS OF VEGETARIANISM
Our first e-book explores the pros and cons of vegetarianism. In it, you'll find info about 50 famous vegetarians (from Ozzy Osbourne and Ellen DeGeneres to Rosa Parks and Albert Einstein), charts of meat consumption by country, and, of course, our famous pros and cons sections featuring dozens of sourced arguments and quotes for and against vegetarianism. It costs $4.95, and can be purchased at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or iBooks. If you could leave us a great review on your bookseller website, we would sure appreciate it.  

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