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'Green News Report' -- June 2, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 06.09.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: EPA study confirms fracking contaminates drinking water; Norway divests...

10 Statistics That Capture The Dangers of Texting and Driving

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 07.07.2015 | Healthy Living

On June 8, a report was released stating that Tennessee bus crash that left two young girls and a teacher's aide dead last December was the result of ...

Doctors Want a Second Opinion on TPP

Sanjeev K. Sriram | Posted 06.07.2015 | Politics
Sanjeev K. Sriram

By voting against the Trans Pacific Partnership, Congress has an opportunity to stand with thousands of doctors and public health experts, and remind America and the world that we should not be forced into false choices between staying healthy and facilitating commerce.

Governor Abbott: Sign HB225 and Save Texas Lives

Joy Strickland | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Joy Strickland

Opiate overdose is the crisis that did not need to happen. Its very existence contradicts the idea that every person is redeemable and every human life is worth saving.

'Green News Report' - June 4, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 06.04.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Republican Rick Perry and Democrat Lincoln Chafee enter the 2016 race; Maryland bans fracking; Texas and Oklahoma ban fracking bans.

So What Exactly Is Alcohol Use Disorder?

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 06.04.2015 | Healthy Living

Problem drinking is more pervasive and less frequently treated than previously thought, thanks to an updated definition of what constitutes "alcohol u...

'Green News Report' - June 2, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 06.02.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

Three more Republicans enter crowded 2016 race -- we'll tell you their positions on climate change (even if they won't)

An Anthropological Approach To California's Vaccination Problem

Pacific Standard | Posted 06.01.2015 | Healthy Living

As we were reminded during California's recent measles outbreak, a surprising number of well-educated people decide each year not to have their childr...

Positive Messaging Works Better For Public Health

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 05.29.2015 | Healthy Living

For most people, hearing about the benefits of eating healthy food is a more effective push to change their behavior than hearing why they shouldn’t...

International Study Demonstrates Benefits of Early HIV Treatment

Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. | Posted 05.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Anthony S. Fauci, M.D.

A large, randomized, international clinical trial provides important new evidence that starting antiretroviral therapy early in HIV-infected people leads to better health outcomes compared to deferring therapy until the immune system begins to decline.

Maternal Death Rates Are Decreasing Everywhere But The U.S.

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 05.29.2015 | Healthy Living

The United Nations reported last year that it would not meet its goal to decrease the number of women who die in childbirth by 75 percent by 2015, a M...

'Green News Report' -- May 28, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.28.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Deadly, record deluges in Texas and Oklahoma; Deadly, record heat in In...

The Story of Lead Paint Continues Under Globalization

John Pringle | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
John Pringle

As Lynne Peeples' article in the Huffington Post shows, the tragic story of leaded paint is not over. In this latest installment, the good guys are nine organizations with shares in PPG Industries that are trying to do the right thing.

Regulating Abortion and Boating: A Modest Proposal

David A. Grimes | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
David A. Grimes

Each year about 60 times more Americans die from boating than from abortion. While the risks are not directly comparable, having a boat is clearly more dangerous than having an abortion. Hence, more boating regulations are needed.

Rhode Island Blames STD Spike On Hookup Apps Like Tinder

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 05.26.2015 | Healthy Living

Sexually transmitted disease rates in Rhode Island rose sharply between 2013 and 2014, and the state's department of health is pointing to hookup apps...

Newton, Nutrition, and the Tweets of Doom

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.27.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

For all his contributions to science, controversial and otherwise, in modern context Sir Isaac Newton is most indelibly associated with one rather suc...

Summertime: The Perfect Time to Vaccinate

Aileen M. Marty | Posted 05.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Aileen M. Marty

Prevention is not only the least expensive form of medicine and the healthiest, it is also the friendliest and most neighborly. Be a good neighbor and enjoy your summer -- get vaccinated.

Half-Baked -- The Retail Promotion of Marijuana Edibles

The New England Journal of Medicine | Posted 05.21.2015 | Healthy Living
The New England Journal of Medicine

Still, edibles that resemble sugary snacks pose several clear risks. One is overintoxication. Whereas consumers commonly assume that a candy bar constitutes a single serving, some of these products contain four or more times the level of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that is considered to be a safe dose.

'Green News Report' - May 21, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.21.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Major oil spill off the Santa Barbara coast; Another settlement reached...

Fountain House Symposium Takes On Schizophrenia

Jim Luce | Posted 05.20.2015 | Impact
Jim Luce

I'm interested in mental health issues, but I'm not a physician and have no medical training. That's why I look forward to the annual Fountain House Symposium and Luncheon, where cutting-edge information is presented by top-drawer experts in terms accessible to a lay audience.

'Green News Report' - May 19, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.19.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: "The Paddle in Seattle" -- "kayaktivists" hit the water to stop Shell's...

What Happens to Your Data When You Monitor Your Personal Fitness

Robin Raskin | Posted 05.18.2015 | Technology
Robin Raskin

Wearing a fitness bracelet from FitBit, Jawbone, Microsoft, Withings, and others has become increasingly common. About one in ten people in the US now do some sort of fitness monitoring.

New York State Is Pushing Back On Health Care Discrimination Against Transgender People

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 05.15.2015 | Healthy Living

New York State is kicking off a health care initiative to improve services for transgender people, state officials announced Friday. “My office i...

Cuba's Had A Lung Cancer Vaccine For Years, And Now It's Coming To The U.S.

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 05.14.2015 | Healthy Living

When New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) headed to Havana on a historic trade mission in April, he returned with the promise of an important commodity:...

Policing as a Public Health Crisis

Michelle L. Odlum | Posted 05.13.2015 | Black Voices
Michelle L. Odlum

The public health crisis continues into the lives of police officers as well. My realization was surprising. I had not perceived officers as victims in the traditional sense, but there are vulnerabilities that need to be addressed to improve policing.