Quality Of LIfe

A Baby Born With Her Heart Outside Her Body Is Believed to Be the First in U.K. to Survive

(TIME) Laignee Barron, December 14, 2017 — Against all odds, a British baby born with her heart outside her body is alive and recovering from her third surgery. Vanellope Hope Wilkins, who was delivered three weeks ago in the English city of Leicester, was born with the extremely rare condition ectopia cordis, the BBC reports. She is […]

Tax Plan Won’t Pay For Itself

(NEWSWEEK)  Nicole Goodkind, December 13, 2017 — After months of pressure from watchdog groups, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, led by Trump appointee Steve Mnuchin, has released a one-page analysisof the Republican tax bill. The report shows that even when analyzed under Republican-favored methods, the tax cuts will enlarge the federal deficit and require additional policy changes […]

As World Warms, Heart-Breaking Video Shows What It Looks Like When a Polar Bear Starves

(COMMON DREAMS) Julia Conley, December 9, 2017 — A video of a starving polar bear led to calls for climate change denialists to confront the real-world effects of global warming this week. Taken by a Canadian conservationist and photographer and posted to social media, the video offered a stark visual of the drastic impacts of climate change that […]

New York’s Electric Car Sales Have Surged 74% Since Launch Of Rebate Program

(CLEANTECHNICA)  James Ayre , November 16, 2017 — Plug-in electric vehicle sales in New York State have surged 74% (year-on-year comparison) since the launch of the Drive Clean Rebate program there, a statement from the governor’s office has revealed. Considering that the program only launched a couple of months ago — on March 21, 2017 — the rate […]

Eating Too Quickly Is Linked to Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome

(TIME) Jamie Ducharme November 14, 2017 — When it comes to eating, slow and steady really does win the race. Preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions in California suggests that people who eat slowly are less likely than speed-eaters to become obese or to develop metabolic syndrome, which encompasses a litany of conditions […]

DEA responds to explosive “60 Minutes”/Washington Post report about opioid crisis – CBS News

(CBS NEWS) November 13, 2017 — Lawmakers and the Drug Enforcement Administration are facing tough questions following an explosive joint investigation by “60 Minutes” and The Washington Post that says Congress helped disarm the DEA. Drug overdose deaths in the United States have more than doubled over the past decade. The CDC says 188,000 people have died from opioid […]

Gene Breakthrough on Lithium Treatment for Bipolar Disorder – Science and Technology Research News

(SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH NEWS) November 13, 2017 — Genes linked to schizophrenia in psychiatric patients suffering from bipolar disorder are the reason why such patients don’t respond to the “gold standard” treatment for bipolar – the drug lithium – according to international research led by the University of Adelaide. Lithium has been widely used as a […]