Social exclusion, status anxiety, rejection and ongoing pain

By Marina Benjamin, in Aeon, researcher and writer, and is the editor of a mental health anthology, The Things That Happen to Those Who Live (forthcoming in 2020). May 2019 The psychologist Naomi Eisenberger describes herself as a mutt of a scientist. Never quite fitting the mould of the fields she studied – psychobiology, health psychology, neuroscience – she took an unusual early interest …

Stanford scientists devised a blood-based test that accurately identified people with chronic fatigue syndrome, a new study reports.

Stanford scientists devised a blood-based test that accurately identified people with chronic fatigue syndrome, a new study reports. APR 29, 2019 Ron Davis is the senior author of a paper that describes a blood test that may be able to identify chronic fatigue syndrome. Steve Fisch People suffering from a debilitating and often discounted disease known as chronic fatigue syndrome may soon …

Pollution already kills more than nine million people every year — roughly one in six deaths worldwide. “Environmental rights are perhaps the most basic, fundamental rights.”

Excerpt, UNEP Director interview, published in Clean Technica on May 6, 2019 Pollution has reached a level which is unbearable to humanity. In fact, pollution already kills more than nine million people every year — that’s roughly one in six deaths worldwide. What does the UNEP recommend to tackle this issue? We need action from governments, the right policies need to be …

10 statistics that show why we really need Medicare for All

By IN THESE TIMES STAFF, May 2019 ShareTweetReddit36EmailPrint Today the House Rules Committee will hold its first-ever congressional hearing to discuss U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s (D-Wash.) Medicare for All Act of 2019, and on Wednesday, the Congressional Budget Office will release a report addressing many of the key questions about single-payer healthcare. This discussion couldn’t come soon enough. Here’s a statistical snapshot of the gravity of America’s current healthcare crisis. 28,300,000 – People …

Time for a General Strike

As climate journalist Dahr Jamail (The End of Ice, see his talk on Democracy Now) laid out, science shows that we are locked into catastrophic climate change. Our present carbon level in the atmosphere of 412 ppm translates into a 7 degree C temperature rise. The IPCC is so conservative that one of the authors of its recent report said to …

Nurses creative action for Medicare for All. Where are the doctors/physicians?

April 29, 2019 by Common Dreams Demanding Medicare for All, Nurses Use Band-Aids to Plaster GoFundMe Pages to Big Pharma Headquarters: “Nobody should have a GoFundMe account to pay for their healthcare, and we’re here to make sure that that stops.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Nurses use Band-Aids to attach GoFundMe pages to the headquarters of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America in Washington, …

America’s Biggest Lie: We Can’t Afford Medicare for All. “Lost” wages that flowed to economic elites is a whopping $3.4 trillion per year

According to the Federal Reserve, “Four in 10 adults in 2017 would either borrow, sell something, or not be able pay if faced with a $400 emergency expense.” To those who are so highly stressed financially, the idea of paying for a costly program like Medicare for All sounds impossible.  What stands in the way is runaway inequality. Our nation’s wealth has …

How momentum is growing to tax the rich and reduce inequality

In the middle of the last century, there was a large and secure working class. Then, changes to the tax structure distributed more and more of the wealth to the richest and hollowed out the middle class. Now, levels of inequality in the United States are unsustainable as the top one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) has wealth equal to the …