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Stand With Mercy Home Against Stigma of Mental Illness

Chicago, IL.  Mental illness does not discriminate, but sometimes people do. For those who suffer from a mental illness, the stigma that often accompanies it can be a significant barrier to getting professional, potentially life-saving help. Many children turn to Mercy Home for Boys & Girls because their caregivers suffer from undiagnosed or untreated illnesses […]

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WHO Urges Drug Therapy for All HIV+ Patients

Geneva, Switzerland.  The World Health Organization has revised its HIV guidelines to recommend that anyone who tests positive for the virus be given antiretroviral drugs immediately, as part of the U.N. agency’s aim to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.   The new guideline is a significant departure from the U.N. agency’s current recommendation that […]

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American Heart Assoc. Accused of Link to ‘Pharma Influence’

New York, N.Y.  A UNITE HERE report [available at] has uncovered that the American Heart Association (AHA), its leadership, and authors of its guidelines accept large contributions from the pharmaceutical industry. As volunteers for the organization raise money in Heart Walks across the country, the labor union is calling on the AHA to take […]

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Fighting Stigma for World Suicide Prevention Day

New York, N.Y.  The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are co-sponsoring World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th. The theme of this 11th anniversary event is “Stigma: A Major Barrier for Suicide Prevention.” If you are despairing and thinking about suicide, please find crisis centers around the globe […]

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Impacted by Suicide, Our Foundation Opens Fund to Help

New York, N.Y.  Death. We don’t like to discuss it in America. Suicide, even less. Fifteen years ago, when my mother Frances Alleman-Luce, a psychologist, starved herself to death in my own home — in front of my own child — I could not bear to share the details of her passing. She told us […]

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Southampton Hospital “Fantasia” Summer Gala Raises $1.3 Million

Southampton, N.Y.  Southampton Hospital’s 57th Annual summer gala, chaired by Trustee Jean Remmel FitzSimmons raised over $1.3 million for Southampton Hospital’s Jenny and John Paulson Emergency Department. Jean Shafiroff, Martin Shafiroff, Ellen Scarborough, Chuck Scarborough. Photo: Lenny Stucker / Ellen Scarborough and Chuck Scarborough Emmy Award winning newsman and the evenings Master of ceremonies. […]

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“Healing Heroes” Motorcycle Ride to Benefit Boulder Crest Retreat for Veteran Wellness

Second Annual “Healing Heroes” Motorcycle Ride on September 12, 2015 to benefit Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness in Bluemont, Va.

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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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Hajj Stampede Toll Climbs to 1,453 in Saudi Arabia

Refugees are the Responsibility of the World – Peter Sutherland

33 Still Missing After U.S. Airstrike on Kunduz Hospital

U.N. Warns Against ‘Toxic Debates,’ Urges Global Compact on Refugees

U.N. Urges Mexico to End ‘Misery’ of Enforced Disappearances

Connecticut Senators: No Background Check, No Gun