by on February 15, 2018
Foes of abortion have pushed through several hundred state laws restricting access to the procedure over the past decade. This year, as never before, abortion-rights supporters are fighting back nationwide with proposals to protect and expand access to abortion and contraception. Successes are most likely in the dozen or so states where Democrats control policymaking. But the initiatives unfolding this year aspire to at least raise the issue of reproductive rights even in conservative sta...
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by on January 25, 2018
Launch of the national #20x20 campaign aims to bring Sport for Good to 20 cities by 2020 Laureus Ambassador Raúl González Blanco& spends time with& youth from the Mary Mitchell Family and Youth Center in the Bronx, New York City. Laureus USA and Nike today announced the launch of Sport for Good New York City (S4G NYC), a long-term commitment to improving the lives of underserved youth in the five boroughs of New York City through the power of sport. By bringing together nonprofit leade...
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by on December 30, 2017
The tax bill that passed last week made good on a host of Republican campaign promises. But it doesn’t even come close on one that almost every agrees is way overdue: Reducing the complexity of the tax code. Worse, the fact that the changes to personal income taxes expire in less than a decade, adds long-term uncertainty to all the complexity for millions of American taxpayers. Complexity and uncertainty, as you can guess, add friction to the economy (that’s been the GOP—and everyone e...
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by on February 12, 2018
A dangerous virus that can cause kidney failure and death is spreading to rat owners in the US and Canada.  So far, 24 people have been infected with 'Seoul virus' and three have been hospitalized. One of the best ways to avoid catching the virus from a pet rat is to practice good hand-washing. People with pet rats should practice safe rodent handling and good hand hygiene to avoid catching a virus that can jump from rats to humans, infectious disease experts warn. For the f...
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by on December 27, 2017
For a decade, Arizona-based Biological Resource Center persuaded dying Americans to donate their bodies to science. More than 5,000 did. Here’s what happened to thousands of them. Sam Kazemi stood over the old man’s corpse. Nearby lay pliers, a scalpel and a motorized saw designed to cut drywall and pipe. On a busy day, Kazemi might harvest body parts from five or six people who had donated their bodies to science. On this day in November 2013, the corpse before Kazemi typified the donors wh...
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by on January 30, 2018
From left: Warren E. Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway, Jeff Bezos of Amazon and Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase on Tuesday announced a partnership to cut health-care costs and improve services for their U.S. employees. The announcement slammed the shares of multiple companies in the health-care sector. The giant companies, which together employ more than 1.1 million workers, will launch an independent operation that's intended to be f...
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by on February 13, 2018
Planned Parenthood will announce on Tuesday a new campaign to help expand access to reproductive health care state-by-state, CNN has learned. The nonprofit is working alongside state lawmakers, advocates for reproductive rights and partners -- such as the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, Latino Memphis in Tennessee and the Michigan Progressive Women's Caucus -- to push reproductive rights policies in more than a dozen states and DC this week. The organization, its partners, policy...
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by on December 27, 2017
Cuomo’s decision to legalize only cannabis extract, not the plant, leaves medical users in a gray zone More than twenty years after I first attempted to quell a migraine headache with a bong hit, I have become a card-carrying medical-marijuana user. Well, not exactly. This is New York State. You can’t get actual marijuana, only extracts. This makes it impossible to access what could be my best medical option, and significantly increases my costs — but at least it’s legal. I’ve suffe...
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by on February 1, 2018
Gov. Cuomo says New York will continue to provide Obamacare initiatives despite federal attempts to thwart the legislation. New York’s Obamacare program reached a new high, with more than 4.3 million people signing up for healthcare coverage, state officials announced Thursday. The 2018 totals marked an increase of about 700,000 people from a year ago, officials said. The 2018 enrollment period ended on Jan. 31. "Covering 4.3 million New Yorkers is truly a historic milestone," said ...
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by on February 14, 2018
Growing food in cities became popular in Europe and North America during and immediately after World War II. Urban farming provided citizens with food, at a time when resources were desperately scarce. In the decades that followed, parcels of land which had been given over to allotments and city farms were gradually taken up for urban development. But recently, there has been a renewed interest in urban farming – albeit for very different reasons than before. As part of a recent research proj...
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by on December 30, 2017
The move aims at making ambience of six government hospitals specialised on treating gas-tragedy victims more colourful and positive to fight depression among patients who have been suffering for last 33 years. Bhopal gas disaster survivors hold a protest rally in Bhopal. Over 150 artists, sculptors and potters came together to contribute their creations to hospitals that treat victims of 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy, in what is viewed as a real-life adaptation of O Henry’s short story, The...
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by on February 2, 2018
Billionaire Insys Therapeutics founder John Kapoor pictured leaving U.S. District Court in Phoenix in October 2017. New York is the latest state to sue opioid manufacturer Insys Therapeutics.  Attorney general of New York Eric Schneiderman announced Thursday that his office was suing Insys, alleging that the company carelessly marketed their extremely potent fentanyl spray Subsys. The complaint alleges that Insys told sales reps to get providers to prescribe higher and higher doses ...
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