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STUDY: Increasing Breastfeeding Could Save More Than 800,000 Lives Annually

A new analysis estimates that approximately 800,000 childhood deaths and 20,000 breast cancer deaths could be averted if nearly all women worldwide breast-fed their infants and young children. That decrease in children’s deaths is equivalent to 13 percent of all deaths in children younger than 2 years of age, the study authors reported in a … Continue reading

Most Americans Want Safer Guns – So Why Is The Gun Lobby Getting In The Way?

The majority of Americans are in favor of making safety-enhancing design changes to firearms, according to a new study released by the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. The findings, which are consistent with other recent survey results, reflect the growing national interest in using technology to reduce the toll of gun violence, … Continue reading

How Poverty Makes Children’s Brains More Susceptible To Depression

Stark and rising socioeconomic inequalities plague many countries, including the United States, and politicians, economists, and—fortunately—scientists, are debating its causes and solutions. But the effects of inequality’s may go beyond simple access to opportunity: a new study finds that socioeconomic disadvantage can actually induce permanent changes in brain connectivity that put poor children at higher … Continue reading

STUDY: The World’s Oceans Will Contain More Plastic Than Fish By 2050

The world’s oceans could soon be home to more plastic than fish, according to a jarring new report from the World Economic Forum and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The report, released Tuesday, warns that if we keep producing (and failing to properly dispose of) plastics at current rates, plastic waste in the ocean will outweigh fish pound for … Continue reading

Virginia Just Became The First State To End Chronic Veteran Homelessness

Last week, Virginia became the first state in the country to end chronic veteran homelessness, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced in a press release. The milestone declaration means that every veteran in the state has housing, except for those were offered shelter but declined, according to the federal government’s definition. By streamlining resources and having the … Continue reading

Climate Change Could Force 100 Million More People Into Poverty By 2030, World Bank Warns

If countries fail to develop and sustain policies that mitigate the impacts of climate change and provide a safety net for the world’s poor, global warming will drive an additional 100 million people into poverty by 2030, a new World Bank report warns. The report, titled “Shock Waves: Managing the Impacts of Climate Change on … Continue reading

With GOP Gubernatorial Victory In Kentucky, Health Insurance For 400,000 Is Now At Risk

With Tuesday’s election of Republican Matt Bevin as the new governor of Kentucky, the future of the state’s thriving health insurance market — established under the Affordable Care Act — is suddenly at risk, leaving half a million newly-insured residents hanging in the balance. Outgoing Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, who is retiring because of term limits, … Continue reading

A Breakdown Of The UN’s 17 New Goals To Improve The World

This weekend, more than 150 world leaders gathered at UN headquarters to formally adopt the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of benchmarks for the next 15 years that focus on the ambitious targets of ending extreme poverty, fighting inequality, and tackling climate change. The 17 newly-adopted SDGs will replace the list of eight … Continue reading

45 Eye-Opening Facts About Extreme Poverty

More than 1 billion people across the globe are forced to live on a daily budget of less than $1.25. This must cover all of their basic needs including food, medicine and shelter — not to mention their children’s needs. The World Bank defines this stark reality as the “extreme poverty” rate, and every day people around … Continue reading

Why Are We Speculating About The Effects Of Defunding Planned Parenthood, When We’ve Already Witnessed The Disastrous Consequences?

In response to the release of a series of deceptively edited videos created by anti-abortion activists, a group of right-wing Republican lawmakers are trying to push through a bill to defund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, as well as the nation’s … Continue reading

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