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'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.

Senators: Vote NO on Fast Track!

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Ellen R. Shaffer

Senators should vote this Tuesday to stop the "Fast-Track" bill/Trade Promotion Authority Act (TPA), which would lock in the president's power to negotiate trade deals in secret, consulting with privileged corporate advisors but without input from the public, or Congress.

Afaxys CEO Ronda Dean Is Empowering Girls During Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month and All Year Long

Erin McKelle | Posted 06.11.2015 | Women
Erin McKelle

May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, and considering that we are still living in an age where birth control is trying to be outlawed and teens are shamed for seeking out information about their sexuality, we have a lot of progress to make.

This Is What Our Health Looked Like Just 10 Years Ago

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 08.27.2015 | Healthy Living

The Huffington Post turns 10 this week, and in honor of our anniversary, we're celebrating advancements in public and private health over the past dec...

Fighting for the Right to Breathe in Detroit and Beyond

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.06.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

The following guest post is an open letter to Detroit-based utility company DTE Energy, which is having its annual shareholder meeting this week. The ...

Beyond the Baltimore 'Riot' Headlines

Bruce Y. Lee | Posted 05.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Bruce Y. Lee

Time and more investigation will shed more light on what happened to Freddie Gray. But at the same time, we should not forget the potential health situations and effects that Baltimore and communities around the country may continue to face once the headlines fade.

Want to Save Thousands of American Lives Each Year? Cut Power Plant Pollution

David Doniger | Posted 05.04.2015 | Green
David Doniger

A new study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change today, calculates that the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan will save thousands of lives every year.

University Report Card 2.0: Global Equity and Biomedical Research

Christopher Noble | Posted 05.04.2015 | College
Christopher Noble

Universities are positioned as institutions devoted to the research and discovery of innovations for the benefit of the public that supports them.

Growing Threat of Lyme Disease in a Hotter World

Jonathan Galland | Posted 05.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Galland

With 2014 the hottest year on record, the impact of an already warmer world is putting our health at risk through the spread of ticks that carry disease. Can we afford to allow the planet to keep getting warmer, with projections for the expansion of ticks and lyme disease set to spiral out of control?

Top 5 Ways You Can Help Prevent Antibiotic Resistance

Kevin Mathieu | Posted 05.01.2015 | Green
Kevin Mathieu

Antibiotic resistance created from these sources contribute to making approximately 2,000,000 sick and lead to at least 23,000 deaths in the United States every year because of ineffective antibiotics. But you can help save future patients' lives with these 5 simple tricks.

6 Ways to Make New York City Parks Safer

Jennifer S. Hirsch | Posted 05.01.2015 | New York
Jennifer S. Hirsch

New Yorkers can sleep well again, knowing that a coyote seen roaming the city has been tranquilized and captured. However, I confess that I am not really all that relieved.

Americans Are Binge Drinking More, Especially Women

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 04.27.2015 | Healthy Living

The binge drinking rates for women rose almost 36 percent between 2002 and 2012, according to a study published this month in the American Journal of ...

'Putting Your Bottom at the Top of Your List' -- The Pap Smear That's Not Just for Women

Erin N. Marcus, M.D. | Posted 06.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Erin N. Marcus, M.D.

Depending on the study's results, it's possible that anal health will become a routine conversation topic between doctors and patients -- and labs won't think twice when they receive a pap smear specimen from a man.

Take Your Kids to Work... and Speak Up for Their Health

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 06.23.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

I do so much of my work for my daughter's future. I imagine that many of my colleagues who are parents feel the same. We work together to phase out coal plants so that families can enjoy cleaner air and water. We demand clean-energy investments to help fight climate change so that our kids and grandkids will have a safer, healthy planet when they grow up.

Rethinking the Role of Older Workers in Small Business

Linda P. Fried | Posted 06.22.2015 | Small Business
Linda P. Fried

In our digital age, intergenerational training teams utilize older workers teaching the nuances of their craft and younger people showing how to use new tools, including social media.

Kate Sheppard

Stonger Smog Rules May Be Controversial, But They're Necessary, Says EPA Chief | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- New rules limiting smog may be "controversial," but they are among the administration's top priorities, according to Environmental Prote...

Measles: A Rising Public Health Threat

Lynn R. Goldman | Posted 06.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Lynn R. Goldman

The Disneyland case illustrates both the fast spread of this virus and the urgent need for public health policies that can help boost vaccination rates and eradicate this disease once and for all.

Why [Insert Health Condition Here] Awareness Days Aren't So Great

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 04.21.2015 | Healthy Living

Did you know that April is National Autism Awareness Month, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Month and Women's Eye Health and Safety Month? And that Nat...

Earth Day's Importance and Evolution Since 1970

Steven Cohen | Posted 06.20.2015 | Green
Steven Cohen

This Wednesday is Earth Day, an event that began in 1970 with the goals of educating the public about environmental pollution and generating political support for environmental protection.

Why Sex Ed Is a Matter of Public Health

Dr. Gloria Brame | Posted 06.15.2015 | Education
Dr. Gloria Brame

We don't need studies to tell us that people who don't understand how to prevent pregnancy end up either as underage parents or abortion statistics. The key to reducing the need for abortions is reducing the number of pregnancies.

Understanding the Science Behind Childhood Obesity

Linda P. Fried | Posted 06.13.2015 | Science
Linda P. Fried

Brand-new research reveals that whether a child is normal weight, overweight, or obese at age 5 is hugely indicative of weight at age 50. If a child is obese at age 9, the correlation is even greater; at age 15, it's still worse. This extraordinary finding means that trajectories of weight gain starting at age 5 can be linked through ages 9 and 15 all the way to middle age.