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  • Ebola and Chronic Diseases in Latin America: Keeping the Success Stories Alive

    Written by Antwan Jones
    Antwan Jones

    The world is sleeping with one eye open and that eye is directed toward the current situation in West Africa. News outlets have been delivering up-to-the-minute reports regarding new cases of Ebola within their backyards. In the U.S., there are similar stories. Recently, President Barack Obama met with Nina Pham, the nurse who contracted Ebola after treating the recently-deceased Thomas Eric Duncan. However, this kind of intense coverage can excite panic and lead to unnecessary policies to deal with a small risk for the general population.

    Written on Wednesday, October 29 2014 12:03 Read more
  • Talking about Race and Inequality

    Written by Simona Combi
    Simona Combi

    From the racial wealth gap to excessive fees, high college costs, paydaylending, the minimum wage, and Native American issues to the NFL and domestic violence, preparing boys to be good fathers, and life skills for black boys, 34 op-eds cover a wide spectrum of topics people are talking about. Read them at our Storify summary:

    Written on Monday, October 27 2014 13:32 Read more
  • Welcome Back Congress, Can I Get You a Glass of Safe Water?

    Written by Robyn Fischer
    Robyn Fischer

    The second week of September was “back to school” time for members of Congress. They arrived on the steps of Congress with their new backpacks, sack lunches, and a slew of legislation to get through before the Lame Duck session.

    Written on Monday, September 15 2014 14:31 Read more
  • Overweight Americans Have the Lowest Risk of Premature Death

    Written by Lisa Wade, Ph.D.
    Lisa Wade, Ph.D.

    Last year the Journal of the American Medical Association released a study aiming to determine the relationship between body mass index and the risk of premature death. Body mass index, or BMI, is the ratio between your height and weight. According to the National Institutes of Health, you are "normal weight" if your ratio is between 18.5-24.9. Everything over that is "overweight" or "obese" and everything under is "underweight."

    Written on Sunday, August 24 2014 14:43 Read more
  • Wealth or Good Parenting? Framing the Privileges of the Rich

    Written by Lisa Wade, Ph.D.
    Lisa Wade, Ph.D.

    "What is it that I want?"

    Jane Van Galen asked herself this question after reading a gushing profile of an "island cabin" in The Seattle Times. It begins: "Lots of folks have lots of reasons for wanting their own piece of land out of town" and quotes one of the new cabin's owners who, when pregnant, came to realize: "I can't raise a child just in the city ... I wanted woods, salamanders and pileated woodpeckers."

    Written on Monday, August 11 2014 16:12 Read more

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