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Fountain House Symposium Takes On Schizophrenia

New York, N.Y.  I’m interested in mental health issues, but I’m not a physician and have no medical training. That’s why I look forward to the annual Fountain House Symposium and Luncheon, where cutting-edge information is presented by top-drawer experts in terms accessible to a lay audience. Panelists Peter Weiden, M.D., Nancy Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D., […]

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In the Know: Skin Cancer Doesn’t Affect Only White People

New York, N.Y.  With summer weather approaching, the usual warnings about skin cancer are not far off. African Americans typically think of melanoma as a white person’s disease and seldom heed warnings about overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. African Americans assume that they’re not at risk for skin cancer. That assumption can be deadly. […]

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How Losing My Son to Meningitis Created a Dedicated Community

With Lynn Bozof New York, N.Y.  I first met Lynn Bozof, president of the National Meningitis Association (NMA), three years ago when I wrote for this publication, Meningitis: Give Kids a Shot — Save a Kid’s Life.  I was particularly impressed with her dedication to doing something with the enormous loss she had encountered. Lynn’s son Evan was a junior at Georgia […]

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Home Health Workers Are Invisible Force in ‘Fight for $15’

New York, N.Y.  More than half of home health workers are women of color. They’re well-trained, but wages remain low in an industry that’s booming. Generic imageTHINKSTOCK. Labor forces are planning the largest rally in decades—their latest effort in an uprising against low wages. On April 15 these workers will join their voices to demand […]

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World Water Day 2015: Pursuit of Better Water Access for All

New York, N.Y.  As the perils of climate change increasingly threaten the planet, the international community must unite in “a spirit of urgent cooperation” to address the many water-related challenges facing humanity, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today. Photo: UNICEF/Wathiq Khuzaie. In his message marking the 2015 edition of World Water Day, observed annually […]

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U.N.: ‘Significant Breakthrough’ in HIV Prevention

New York, N.Y.  The United Nations programme working to combat HIV/AIDS welcomed yesterday the results of a number of recent clinical studies of the effects of antiretroviral medicines on preventing new HIV infections, which were presented at a conference on viruses held in Seattle. Photo: UNAIDS. At the 2015 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections […]

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World AIDS Day: UNICEF Urges More Investment, Access to Treatment

New York, N.Y. An estimated 1.1 million HIV infections among children under 15 have been averted, but disparity in access to treatment is hampering progress towards reaching a global goal of reducing new infections in children by 90 per cent, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today ahead of World AIDS Day. Posha, living with […]

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Mixed Picture for Ebola in Sierra Leone, as Victims Outpace Beds

Port Loko, Sierra Leone.  Witnessing yet again the challenging dynamics of the Ebola outbreak unfolding in West Africa, the United Nations envoy coordinating the global response visited Sierra Leone today, where he reported efforts to halt the virus in former hotspot Kenema are starting to pay off, while some 200 kilometres away, Port Loko is now […]

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Film ‘Margarita With A Straw’ – Unexpected Brilliance – From India

Role of Young People, Technology in Future Development Agenda

Fountain House Symposium Takes On Schizophrenia

Unlocking Wind Power Across America – from the White House

U.N.: Violence Against Women and Girls ‘Shames Every Society’

Concert to Celebrate Diversity with World Heritage Cultural Center