Economic Justice: 10 ways that doing the right thing would save us money

NPR MarketWatch June 17, 2019 10 ways that doing the right thing would save us money By SARAH ANDERSONThe Deficit Hawks versus the Big Spenders. That’s how the media typically portrays budget battles in Washington. We seldom hear about how government action to tackle our country’s most urgent social and environmental problems can actually save money. In a new report, the Institute …

Spending at least two hours a week in nature may be a crucial threshold for promoting health and wellbeing, according to a new large-scale study

Kayaking through a mangrove forest.Credit: Copyright Michele Hogan Spending at least two hours a week in nature may be a crucial threshold for promoting health and wellbeing, according to a new large-scale study. Research led by the University of Exeter, published in Scientific Reports and funded by NIHR, found that people who spend at least 120 minutes in nature a week are …

Racism is a public health crisis

By Jessicah Pierre, Otherwords.orgJune 7, 2019 | STRATEGIZE! Milwaukee’s novel approach to combating racial inequity should inspire other cities. Racism is often viewed as an action performed by individuals. But even if we got rid of all America’s prejudiced individuals, racism would still exist in the systems they built. Systemic racism, writer Jenee Desmond-Harris explains, refers to how racial disparities operate “in major parts …

The importance of cutting emissions was highlighted by a new study this week about the risk of rising heat deaths in US cities. The research, published in Science Advances, finds that limiting global temperature rise to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, rather than 2C or 3C, could help prevent thousands of deaths during heatwaves. For example, in a 1.5C warmer world, …

Video Gaming Can Be a Mental Disorder: World Health Organization

PUBLIC HEALTH Sam Nickerson May. 29, 2019 10:51AM ESTHEALTH + WELLNESS The World Health Organization’s manual of disease classifications has officially designated video game addiction as a mental health disorder. The WHO approved the eleventh revision of its International Classification of Diseases (ICD) this past week, including “gaming disorder” under a section of disorders due to addictive behaviors, which also includes …

Monsanto, Scientific Deception and Cancer

By Binoy Kampmark, Dissidentvoice.org, May 28, 2019, | EDUCATE!  MONSANTO, SCIENTIFIC DECEPTION AND CANCER Money may not be able to buy the purest love, but it can buy the best, life-ending cancer.  For Monsanto, giant of rule and misrule in matters of genetically modified crops, known for bullying practices towards farmers, things have not been so rosy of late.  Ever the self-promoter of saving the …

Bolivia’s Universal Health System Receives Accolades

By Staff, Countercurrents.org, May 28, 2019 | CREATE! BOLIVIA’S UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE IS MODEL FOR THE WORLD, SAYS UN The World Health Organization (WHO) has cited the universal healthcare system in Bolivia as a model for all. Media reports said: The U.N.’s World Health Organization praised Bolivia’s newly implemented universal health care system, known in the country as the Single Health System (SUS). The WHO pointed …

Colorado’s hospital consolidations cost us more, in a hard situation: About half of Coloradans receive health insurance through their employers. About 35% of the state receives insurance through government programs, and almost 7% of people are uninsured

Colorado is a market that has had lots of hospital consolidation,” he said. “And that’s one thing that’s been linked to higher prices.” How much do you pay for hospital services in Colorado? Likely many times more than what Medicare does.  Colorado hospitals rank among the most expensive in a RAND Corp. study. Hospitals say the numbers are misleading. MAY 13, 2019, Colorado Sun, …