Public Health

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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Abortion is now legal in Oaxaca

October 9, 2019

Oaxaca, one of Mexico’s most conservative and least-developed states, has expanded abortion rights, following a vote in state congress. Previously, only liberal and comparatively wealthy Mexico City had allowed abortion. Women in Oaxaca will now be able to get legal abortions through the 12th week of pregnancy. Illegal abortions are the third-leading cause of death […]

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In macho Australia, men who were sexually abused are too ashamed to seek help

September 23, 2019

In Australia, 20 percent of women and five percent of men claim to have been sexually abused at some point in their lives since turning 15. Yet male victims report abuse less than women, due largely to feelings of shame and guilt.  It gets worse: According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, less than 14 […]

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