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Health

Here’s what happened when this North Carolina mom mapped local cancer cases using GIS software

January 10, 2020

After a Mooresville, North Carolina, teenager was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, her mom realized that the child’s case was not unique to her home town.  So Susan Wind began collecting data, and, using her knowledge of geographic-information software, she plotted out thyroid cancer cases on a map.  What she discovered — an apparent cluster of thyroid […]

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Schools in Pennsylvania are making kids sick

January 8, 2020

A landmark lead-poisoning lawsuit filed in Philadelphia is just the latest crisis for a state where kids in 18 cities have lead exposures greater than those found in the lead-poisoning hot zone of Flint, Michigan.

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Opinion: Why (and how) things are changing in Chile

November 17, 2019

At 2:24 a.m. on Friday, November 15, after 28 days of unprecedented unrest and violence nationwide, the Chilean congress announced that the people will get to write a brand new, “100 percent Democratic” constitution using the mechanism they will vote on next April 2020. The referendum will ask the people: 1) Do you want a […]

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Lives will be changed by the toilet of the future

November 15, 2019

World Toilet Day is November 19, and a reminder that substandard sanitation affects billions of people. Some 13 percent of humanity lives without any toilets, and 25 percent have only pit latrines or something similar. The poor sanitation adds up to enormous dangers to human health from multitudinous untreated microorganisms. Even developed countries such as […]

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There may be a solution to Africa’s plague of fake medicine

October 24, 2019

Between 40 percent and 70 percent of all medicine sold in Africa is fake, but a crackdown on the illicit trade by the tiny West African nation of Benin is inspiring new action across the continent. In fact, Benin’s capital of Cotonou was the site of a 2009 declaration in which a panoply of heads-of-state […]

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It’s a good day for the potato chips of the Western Hemisphere

October 22, 2019

The tastiest heart-attacking food additive may soon be history. Trans-fatty acids have been taken down in a quiet coup for public health across the Americas. PAHO, the Pan-American Health Organization, has convinced 35 countries in the Western Hemisphere to eliminate trans fats from the food industry within six years. Trans-fatty acids, which extend the shelf-life […]

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