Health, quality of life vary widely across U.S.

first_imgAmericans’ health and quality of life varies significantly from state to state, driven largely by factors such as obesity, substance abuse, and depression, according to a new report from the Global Burden of Disease group, an international consortium.The geographic disparities “leave the United States far from being united,” wrote Howard Koh of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Anand Parekh of the Washington, D.C.-based Bipartisan Policy Center in an April 10, 2018 JAMA editorial that accompanied the report.The report found that life expectancy ranged from a high of 81.3 years in Hawaii to a low of 74.7 years in Mississippi. Other states with high life expectancies included California, Connecticut, Minnesota, New York, Massachusetts, Colorado, New Jersey, and Washington; states with low life expectancies included Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, and West Virginia. Self-harm, opioid use disorders, and alcohol-related liver diseases all contributed to increasing adult mortality rates in 21 states.Koh, Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership at Harvard Chan School, and Parekh urged policymakers to use the new report “to reconsider the current dismal national stance toward disease prevention.”Read a Los Angeles Times article: What ails America? The answer varies from state to state Read Full Storylast_img read more


first_imgThe Natural Resources Defense Council launched its BioGems Initiative in an effort to safeguard special places that face an imminent threat of destruction, from pristine coastlines to ancient forests to unspoiled habitats and the wildlife that thrive in them. Pictured: a Yellowstone Buffalo in winter. Photo cred: Ingram Publishing/ThinkstockEarthTalk®E – The Environmental MagazineDear EarthTalk: I heard of an effort to save what are being called “BioGems.” What are BioGems and what is being done about them?                                                                                — Larry Dibner, Tallahassee, FL“BioGems,” a term created by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), describe the most endangered natural treasures around the Americas. NRDC selects special places in our hemisphere that face an imminent threat of destruction, from pristine coastlines that could become industrial ports to ancient forests that could be stripped of trees to unspoiled wildlife habitats that could be sacrificed to oil and gas drilling. “Our imperiled BioGems are irreplaceable remnants of wilderness that curb global warming, preserve biodiversity and provide sanctuary for rare and extraordinary wildlife, from threatened polar bears to endangered gray whales,” reports NRDC.NRDC launched its BioGems Initiative back in 2001 as a way to harness the power of online citizen activism to help save threatened lands. The group mobilizes its 1.3 million members and online activists “to bring overwhelming pressure to bear on governments and companies bent on industrializing the world’s last wild places.”Never afraid of a little attention, NRDC has enlisted the help of several celebrity partners in championing the cause of saving the BioGems. Robert Redford is spearheading NRDC’s campaign to keep the Polar Bear Seas safe from oil drilling, while Pierce Brosnan is leading the charge to try to bring an end to the commercial slaughter of whales. The group has also brought the star power of Leonardo Di Caprio, Paul McCartney, Alec Baldwin, Seth Myers, Jason Mraz and others to bear for the sake of saving BioGems.“Together, BioGems Defenders and our local partners on the ground have scored dozens of historic victories for the environment, proving that individuals can be a powerful force for conservation,” reports NRDC. Some of the campaign’s recent successes include: helping to persuade Iceland to call off its fin whale hunt for the second year in a row; protecting the last 340 beluga whales of Alaska’s Cook Inlet through filing a lawsuit; helping secure a breakthrough agreement for wild buffalo that allows them to roam outside Yellowstone National Park during the harsh winter months; and winning in court over trophy hunters keen on stripping the polar bear from its endangered status.Currently NRDC is focusing on a half dozen primary BioGems campaigns: keeping Shell out of the American Arctic (unfortunately the company’s drills just went in); stopping Big Oil’s attack on whales in Alaska’s Cook Inlet and up and down the Atlantic seaboard; stopping the pipeline from Alberta’s tar sands to Texas refineries (Obama has kyboshed the pipeline for now); stopping the Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska; and saving British Columbia’s Spirit Bear coast.Individuals can get involved by customizing and sending pre-written e-mail messages to decision makers who are key to the particular locales in need of protection. NRDC will also gladly take donations of any size toward the BioGem campaign of the giver’s choosing. Of course, telling your friends, neighbors, co-workers and family members what you have learned about the potential despoliation of natural treasures, many in our own backyard, is also a big help.CONTACT: NRDC BioGems,® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine ( Send questions to: Subscribe: Free Trial Issue: read more

The United States Delivers Additional 158 Life-Saving Ventilators to El Salvador for the COVID-19 Response

first_imgBy U.S. Embassy in El Salvador/Edited by Diálogo Staff September 28, 2020 The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), provided El Salvador with a second donation of 158 portable ventilators in support of El Salvador’s COVID-19 response.The ventilators arrived in El Salvador on August 22. The first shipment of 250 ventilators arrived on May 21 and are already being used in 32 hospitals nationwide.To date, the United States has donated a total of 408 ventilators to the Salvadoran health system valued at $5.3 million.  A donation of another 192 ventilators is scheduled to arrive in El Salvador in the coming weeks, bringing the total donation of ventilators to 600.The U.S.-made ventilators are highly specialized, state-of the art medical equipment that are used in hospitals and other medical facilities to help support patients who are having trouble breathing.  These life saving devices will help El Salvador quickly and easily treat those patients most seriously affected by advanced COVID-19 symptoms throughout the country. The ventilators can be used to treat patients for respiratory ailments for years to come and are expected to save thousands of lives.During the donation ceremony, U.S. Ambassador Ronald D. Johnson said, “It has been an honor to support Salvadorans in this mission, including everything from the donations made by the U.S. government, to those made by NGOs, companies, and even individuals. We have all rallied together to support you in your efforts.”As a key partner to El Salvador, the United States has delivered more than 200,000 donations of food and hygiene kits, bedding, disinfectant gel, and protective and sanitation equipment for people in quarantine and in hospitals, and for those who protect the safety and health of the population. To date, the U.S. government has provided over $21.6 million to El Salvador to address the COVID-19 pandemic.last_img read more

What you should do with your plastic bags

first_imgBesides these bags, you can also recycle other film plastics in these bins. Film plastics are stretchable plastics, so things like bubble wrap, the air pillows your Amazon packages come with or the plastic toilet paper comes in are all examples. (WBNG) — Now that New York’s plastic bag ban is in effect, many of you have reached out to 12 News asking what you should do with the bags you already have. Broome County officials say many of the major retailers that once provided them, such as Wegmans, Kohl’s and Target, have bins out front where you can recycle them. You can technically use these bags as reusable bags, but officials say recycling is the best option because the bags won’t end up as litter in our streets or in our waterways.center_img In addition, officials say cutting down on food waste, such as only buying the exact amount of produce you need, is a great way to be a little greener.last_img read more

Mane’s fighting spirit worthy of emulation-Sports minister

first_img Loading… Sadio Mane’s fighting spirit is not only a virtue but one that should be emulated by youths across the African continent. That was the submission of Senegal Sports minister Matar Ba as the country and in particular Mane’s birthplace of Bambali continues to celebrate his crowning as African footballer of the year. Senegal minister of sports Matar Ba Ba noted that the Liverpool forward has shown over the years both off and on the pitch that humility and hard work pays, noting that he never relented in his quest to be the best without failing to appreciate those who were adjudged better than him in the past. “Sadio has fought his way to progress and to become the best player on the continent. He has always grinded his teeth in the face of difficulties to move forward”. “Faced with difficulties, he fought, last year, at home, he did not win but that did not prevent him from fighting to get this crown. This is the lesson that we must take from his coronation,” Ba submitted. Mane’s birthplace Bambali has reportedly turned into mecca of some sort as many of his fans celebrated all night while many continued to visit the area just to identify with what they have dubbed New Year gift of the new decade. Residents of the suburb described Mane in a radio vox pop as an Ambassador who has taken the name of the community to greater height projecting his origin in good light. “We do not have the words to thank Sadio (Mane) who has brought be attention of the village in the best positive way, a local resident told public broadcaster, Radio Senegal. Two time African footballer of the year winner Nwankwo Kanu Mane’s victory Tuesday brings to two the number of Senegalese that have clinched the prestigious award. El Hadji Diouf who incidentally played for Liverpool between 2002 and 2005 making 55 appearances and scoring three goals, won the gong back to back in 2001 and 2002. Read AlsoHere’s Mane’s humble speech at CAF POTY Awards Among former winners who graced the occasion Tuesday include Cameroon’s Samuel Eto who won the award a record four times and Nigeria’s NwanKwo kanu who clinched the award twice, 1996 and 1999. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthGreat Entertainer Became A Milestone In The History Of CensorshipBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesMost Appreciated First Ladies In The History Of America6 Unforgettable Shows From The 90s That Need To Make A Comebacklast_img read more

Doris M. Harrison, 87

first_imgDoris M. Harrison, 87, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 2, 2016 in Indianapolis. Doris was born on November 22, 1929 in Greensburg to Noah and Myrtle (Dawson) Owens. Doris formerly worked for Cub Foods in Indianapolis and she was a member of the Northwest Baptist Church in Indianapolis where she also taught Sunday school for many years. She is survived by 4 daughters; Jackie (Barry) Beyers, Indianapolis, Nancy Ramsbottom, Indianapolis, Mary Ann (Jeff) Ewick, Columbus, and Sherry (John) Kirby, North Carolina, 2 brothers; Lauren “Bunk” Owens, Indianapolis, Billy Owens, Greensburg, 1 sister; Geri McReynolds, Greensburg, 10 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, and 1 great great granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her parents, son; Ronnie Harrison, brother; Everett Owens, sister; Mary Smith, and son-in-law; Bob Ramsbottom. Visitation will be held at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg from 2-4 pm on Thursday, December 8, followed by funeral services at 4 pm with Rev. Terry Canfield officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Cancer Society through the funeral homelast_img read more

Ella Turner September 8, 1923 – January 19, 2019

first_imgElla Turner, age 95 of West Harrison, Indiana passed away Saturday, January 19, 2019. Born September 8, 1923 in Hazard, Kentucky the daughter of Thomas and Sarah (Gaye) Sizemore,Ella married Isaac Turner June 19, 1941 in Newport, Kentucky. Member of St Leon Church of Christ, was a story teller, poem and song writer. Foster parent of six foster children for many years.Ella is survived by her children Eugene (Debbie) Turner of West Harrison, Indiana, Donald (Linda) Turner of Okeana, Ohio, Lonnie (Vivian) Turner of Bethel, Ohio, Wayne Turner of Harrison, Ohio, Greg (Debbie) Turner of West Harrison, Indiana, Rosezetta (Floyd) Brown of Bright, Indiana and Lana (BJ) Wolf of West Harrison, Indiana. Grandmother of 16, great grandmother of 33.Preceded in death by her parents Thomas and Sarah Sizemore, husband Isaac Turner and sisters Bessie Palmer and Cassie Sizemore.Visitation will be held Tuesday, January 22, 2019 from 10:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 12:00 P.M. all at Jackman Hensley Funeral Home 215 Broadway Street Harrison, Ohio 45030. Burial will follow at New Haven Cemetery Harrison, Ohio.last_img read more

UCL: Liverpool qualify for round of 16

first_imgRelatedPosts Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says UCL: Benfica kicked out by player who left club one week earlier + other results Liverpool clinched their place in the Champions League round of 16 with a 2-0 victory away to FC Salzburg on Tuesday, thanks to goals from Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah. Like last season, Jurgen Klopp’s side went into their final group match without qualification assured and needed at least a point to guarantee their progression in the competition they won. And both sides squandered numerous chances, with Salah and Salzbug’s Erling Haaland – who had scored in every Champions League game this season – were the most guilty parties. However, the breakthrough did come when Keita headed past a group of Salzburg defenders into the net from Sadio Mane’s cross on 57 minutes. Less than a minute later, it was 2-0 when Salah somehow found the net from an incredible angle after rounding goalkeeper Cican Stankovic. The result means Liverpool finish as group winners – ahead of Napoli, who beat Genk 4-0 to secure their qualification – with 13 points.Tags: Liverpool Football ClubMohamed SalahSadio ManeUEFA Champions Leaguelast_img read more

JADCO appeal against Andre Russell withdrawn after failed procedures revealed

first_imgTHE Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) has withdrawn its appeal against the length of the ban imposed on West Indies cricketer Andre Russell because of an internal procedural error by its executive director Carey Brown.This was disclosed on Monday during a press conference hosted by chairman of the JADCO Board, Alexander Williams.The decision to withdraw was made after consultation with Jamaica’s Attorney General.However, despite the foul up, Brown maintains the full confidence of the board, Williams said as he addressed journalists gathered in the boardroom at JADCO in Half-Way Tree in Kingston.Andre Russell, one of the best T20 all-rounders in the world, was banned for a year in January after an independent disciplinary panel found him guilty of an anti-doping violation in 2015.Russell had failed, on three consecutive occasions in 2015, to notify JADCO as to his location for possible drug-testing. Russell was warned about the breaches, and asked on each occasion to explain his filing failure and he failed to do so.JADCO appealed the length of the sentence but earlier Monday that appeal was withdrawn. Russell’s attorneys also withdrew their appeal of the one-year sanction before an appeals panel at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston.According to Williams, the executive director may have misunderstood, a change of procedure introduced following a visit of officials of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in 2013.“In 2013, WADA officials visited Jamaica to see how JADCO was functioning, and WADA came to the decision that changes had to be made to the structure of JADCO and indicated that there was a need to set out the role and functions of the members of the commission, and that of the executive director,” Williams said.The decision, Williams explained, led to the repeal of the Anti-Doping Sport Act of 2008, under which JADCO was formed and the Anti-Doping Sport Act of 2014 introduced as its replacement.The main idea behind the change was to ensure that there was no undue interference by what is now the board of the commission with the role and the function of the executive director.“I think, though, that it is fair to say that there was a misunderstanding about what the new law prescribed. While it is true that the board of the commission is not responsible for doping control, we are nonetheless required by law to monitor the administrative operations, which must include doping control, and, indeed the executive director is to have regard to the advice and recommendations given to him by the board,” the chairman said.“While the board of the commission has no authority to interfere in complaints, the WADA Code, and JADCO’s own rules both require that before an appeal is commenced, a post-decision review should be undertaken and it is now determined by the board that this should be done by the executive director in consultation with the board.In this case, involving Mr Russell, the simple fact is that there was no consultation with the board of the commission by the executive director prior to the appeal being lodged.”Subsequent to this situation, the board has decided that the board would be notified of any complaint being lodged to the Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel and that, prior to any appeal being pursued, the executive director must seek and obtain the approval of the board.(Spotsmax)last_img read more

Annenberg Innovator in Residence speaks at dinner

first_imgThe USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism hosted a meet and greet dinner Wednesday night for journalism students to get acquainted with this year’s Annenberg Innovator in Residence, Alexis Lloyd.Lloyd is the Creative Director of The New York Times Research and Development Lab. She investigates various types of technologies and multimedia approaches that aim to advance the field of journalism within the next five years.“Technology and innovation around technology [have] pretty radically transformed a lot about journalism and news, but the vast majority of that information has happened around the readers’ experience of the news — how to make news on different platforms, such as Twitter and news apps,” Lloyd said.Her main focus of this week is on improving the efficiency of reporting itself. During her tenure at The New York Times, she has studied technologies and databases that are trying to improve the speed of article production and ensure that data is synthesized for a multitude of media outlets.“There hasn’t been as much attention paid to the reporting process, to everything that happens before everyone sees that material,” Lloyd said. “There are a lot of challenges that we can really innovate around.”The event was presented by the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab as part of a weeklong agenda featuring Lloyd’s expertise on technology in the media. Students in attendance at the event were mainly master’s students and Ph.D. candidates in journalism or communication.“I think it’s really incredible to have someone like Alexis Lloyd come in here to tie in technological advancements to journalism,” said Alex Gold, a second year master’s student in strategic public relations. “She’s really leading the charge in journalism’s future, and I think that’s really important here in a school like Annenberg: to have her share her knowledge and wealth of experience with us and help guide us,”During the meet and greet, students had the opportunity to collaborate in groups to discuss possible reporting innovations and pitch their ideas to Lloyd at the conclusion of the event.“It’s been really nice to have Alexis [Lloyd] here to expedite our process as journalists and having these circles to come together and brainstorm ideas,” said Stephanie Monte, a second year master’s student in journalism.The Annenberg Innovator in Residence Program began in 2009 as the result of a generous gift by USC alumni and Annenberg parents Dr. Mitchell and Deena Lew. Since its conception, the program has hosted various innovators such as author and computer scientist Jaron Lanier, who in 2010 was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, and Aaron Koblin, the leader of the Data Arts Team in Google’s Creative Lab.“This week has been great. It’s really nice to switch contexts and get different perspectives from people who are coming out of the programs here,” Lloyd said.Gabriel Kahn, a professor of professional practice at Annenberg and Director of the Future of Journalism at the Annenberg Innovation Lab, said that Lloyd quickly rose to the top among the candidates for this year’s program.“Particularly with journalism, one of the big struggles is to think in a time frame that’s more than just six months to a year out,” Kahn said. “It was really refreshing to see her thinking about stuff for, well she says three to five years out, but to me it sounds more like ten years out. She’s really projecting a different future for journalism in a business that’s so constrained by tradition.”The schedule of events over the past several days included an interactive panel entitled  the Future of Journalism, a class visit called Social and Economic Implications of Communication Tech and a public talk named Human in the Loop: Conversations Between People and Machines.“This week has been really rewarding so far,” said Sophie Madej, program coordinator of USC Annenberg Innovation Lab. “It’s nice to have Lloyd in the classroom so students can get that one-on-one time, which has more of a lasting impact than just lots of lectures.”last_img read more