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Happy Birthday: Celebrating Fifty Years of Medicare, Medicaid

Washington, D.C.  President Harry Truman fought for years to pass a bill to provide low-cost health care for elderly Americans. Yet, it took almost two decades for his ideas to come to fruition: On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Social Security Amendments into law, establishing Medicare and Medicaid. He honored President […]

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Seeing a Shrink? The Judgment From Admitting You Need Help

New York, N.Y. It is often the assumption that if you go to therapy that you have serious problems you cannot manage on your own and there is something fundamentally wrong with you.  In reality, if someone is attending therapy, they tend to be on the healthier side of self-love and self-awareness.  Because seeing a […]

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U.N. Recommends Taxing Tobacco to Curb Deadly Global Epidemic

New York, N.Y.  Only one in 10 of people now live in countries that levy taxes of more than 75 per cent on a pack of cigarettes despite the fact that raising taxes on tobacco products is one of the most effective – and cost-effective – ways to reduce consumption of products that kill one […]

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Voice of Hope for Autism: The Joey Lowenstein Foundation

New York, N.Y.  Some of the greatest discoveries in human history have been the result of accidental or unexpected circumstances. While the mind usually recalls great innovations, we sometimes tend to take for granted the more elementary aspects of life, such as the ability to communicate through speech.      Roberta Lowenstein, Rita Cosby, Joey Lowenstein, […]

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Supreme Court Upholds Key Part of Affordable Care Act

Washington, D.C.  Today, in a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court upheld a critical part of the Affordable Care Act, historic health care reform that the President signed into law five years ago. Now, millions of Americans who got covered in health insurance marketplaces can stay covered, no matter where they live. The President made the […]

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U.N. Celebrates 1st International Yoga Day, for Public Health and Peace

New York, N.Y.  The first International Day of Yoga is being celebrated around the world today following recognition by the United Nations General Assembly that the holistic benefits of the ancient Indian practice and its inherent compatibility with the principles and values of the U.N. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon practicing yoga in Times Square, New […]

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Fountain House Gallery Honors Boosters of Artists with Mental Illness

New York, N.Y.  Fountain House Gallery, New York City’s premier venue representing artists living with mental illness, recently held its End of Annual Meeting Season Celebration. I’ve come to know this yearly event as an effervescent evening of cocktails, music, and a splendid array of more than 100 original artworks exhibited for sale by Gallery […]

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Ban to Convene International Ebola Recovery Conference in New York

New York, N.Y.  To help mobilize needed resources “in the last mile of the response” against the Ebola outbreak and to start the affected West African countries on the path of early recovery, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced that he will convene an international conference next month. In Sierra Leone, local health workers […]

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Ebola: WHO Announces Possible ‘Game Changer’ Vaccine

Happy Birthday: Celebrating Fifty Years of Medicare, Medicaid

China Accuses U.S. of Militarizing South China Sea

Ban Condemns Israel’s Approval of New West Bank Construction

On ‘World Day,’ U.N. Secretary-General Urges Action to Combat Human Trafficking

No Surprise: U.N. Security Council Fails to Take Russia to Task re: Flight MH17