All Americans should have the opportunity to lead long, healthy and productive lives. Yet one in two African-American and Hispanic-Latino children born this generation will develop type 2 diabetes as adults. This statistic is unacceptable because it is preventable.
For millions of indigenous villagers and pastoralists it means forced relocation, loss of livelihoods, and a death blow to their ancient cultures. Ethiopia is a sad example of the worst of these outcomes.
Economic radical Paul Ryan has endorsed Mitt Romney, Romney's embraced the Ryan budget, and the House Republicans have voted to enact the Romney/Ryan vision of the future into law. Yet an eerie silence has settled over the vision itself.
Despite all the calamities we have faced as a species, we've managed to survive. I suspect we will survive a few centuries adapting to global warming. However, I doubt if it's going to be an especially pleasant experience for those doing the surviving.
Recently, I spoke with someone who opened my eyes to an entire class of diseases for which there are few to no medications available, and almost no plans to create any remedies in the near future. These ailments are called "rare" or "orphan" diseases.
Of the some 80,000 chemicals manufactured and used in the United States, the EPA has issued regulations to control just five "existing" and four "new" chemicals. Today, we'll learn a little about each of them.