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American Drug Overdose Death Rates the Highest Among Wealthy Nations, USC Study Finds
2/28/2019 12:26:33 AM

By Staff Reports   In the most comprehensive international comparison of its kind, a USC study found that the United States has the highest drug overdose death rates among a set of high-income countries. Drug overdose mortality has reached unprecedented levels in the United States, more than tripling over the past two decades. But is this a uniquely American epidemic, or are other high-income countries facing a similar crisis? “The United States is experiencing a drug overdose epidemic of unprecedented magnitude, not only judging by its own history but also...

Most and Least Ethnically Diverse U.S. Cities Identified
2/21/2019 9:46:45 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   With immigration reform remaining one of the most prominent political issues, suggesting that the U.S. demographic landscape may soon change, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2019’s Most & Least Ethnically Diverse Cities. To identify the most ethnically diverse places in America, WalletHub compared more than 500 of the largest U.S. cities across three key metrics: ethno-racial diversity, linguistic diversity and birthplace diversity. Oakland, California, has the highest racial and ethnic...

‘I Will Never Forget That Day’
2/21/2019 9:45:01 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman “I was in my 4th period Holocaust history class. We were presenting our projects on hate groups found on college campuses…As we sat at our desks working on our computers after presenting our projects, we began to hear loud pops…I thought I was going to die. As I laid there, I begged God to please make it fast… “My classmates pulled me behind a filing cabinet where I called my mom and my dad and said what I thought would be my last goodbyes. I told them how much I loved them, and asked that they please tell my brothers the...

I Miss My Good Friend, Tom Foolery
2/21/2019 9:43:55 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   This past week the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I were having a conversation. Of course, it was more like a monologue, but you know how that works. We were thinking back over the years of our life together and reminding ourselves of some of the great and wonderful times we have had. The friends we have made. The activities we have enjoyed together. Of course, there were the grandchildren and my wife had a great time talking about the grandchildren and I chuckling along with her. After a moment of quietness, my wife said rather seriously,...

Researchers Find Clues That Depression May Speed Brain Aging
2/21/2019 9:41:27 PM

By Lauran Neergaard   WASHINGTON (AP)—Memory and thinking skills naturally slow with age but now scientists are peeking inside living brains to tell if depression might worsen that decline—and finding some worrisome clues. Depression has long been linked to certain cognitive problems, and depression late in life even may be a risk factor for the development of Alzheimer's. Yet how depression might harm cognition isn't clear. One possibility: Brain cells communicate by firing messages across connections called synapses. Generally, good cognition is...

Cleaning Routine Shows Promise in Curbing Superbug Infection
2/21/2019 9:32:05 PM

By Marilynn Marchio Think of it as decontaminating yourself. Hospitalized patients who harbor certain superbugs can cut their risk of developing full-blown infections if they swab medicated goo in their nose and use special soap and mouthwash for six months after going home, a study found. It's a low-tech approach to a big problem: About 5 percent of patients have MRSA—antibiotic-resistant Staph bacteria—lurking on their skin or in their noses, putting them at high risk of developing an infection while recovering from an illness or an operation. These can affect the...

Flu Vaccine Doing a Relatively Good Job This Season
2/21/2019 7:02:50 PM

By Mike Stobbe   NEW YORK (AP)—The flu vaccine is doing a relatively good job this season, protecting about half the people who got it, U.S. health officials said Thursday. Preliminary figures suggest the vaccine is 47 percent effective in preventing flu illness severe enough to send someone to the doctor's office. Health officials are generally pleased if a flu vaccine works in 40 to 60 percent of people. “These are early estimates, but they are encouraging,” said Dr. Alicia Fry of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and...

CFPB Makes Move to Support Payday Lenders During Black History
2/13/2019 10:19:19 AM

By Charlene Crowell   Each February, Black History Month commemorates the unique American experience of Blacks in America. This year marks the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown, Virginia arrival of captured and shackled Africans. In the ensuing years, as slavery grew, so did the wealth of those who claimed our forefathers as ‘property’. By April 12-13, 1861, the wealth built on slave labor was forcefully protected with the Battle of Fort Sumter, considered by historians to be the start of the Civil War that lasted until 1865 and the war’s...

‘Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Mo’
2/13/2019 10:16:50 AM

By Marian Wright Edelman   “If the justice system does not change incarceration will continue to be as arbitrary as a game of eeny, meeny, miny, mo, with Black kids and Black men hoping to avoid being ‘IT.’” Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Mo is the title of this series of paintings by Nashville native Omari Booker, a visual artist who has spent a lot of time thinking about race and mass incarceration in America. He explains that many people may not realize the familiar children’s rhyme the title is based on (eeny, meeny, miny, mo, catch a tiger by the...

Black Millennial Voices: Stop the Torture of U.S. Prison Inmates
2/13/2019 10:13:43 AM

By Malika Elmengad   We are so proud of the thousands of young people who stood for hours and days in blistering cold weather outside the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn, New York to raise their fists and voices in protest over the poor treatment of inmates and terrible conditions in the jail. Hundreds of thousands of additional millennials across the nation joined in solidarity with the Brooklyn protesters via social media. The disproportionate mass incarceration of people of color in America continues to grow. It is bad enough to be confined and locked up...