How Economic Inequality Inflicts Real Biological Harm

By Robert M. Sapolsky ~ Scientific American ~ The growing gulf between rich and poor inflicts biological damage on bodies and brains Western cultures have long cherished the notion that all people are created equal. But in the real world, our lives are not balanced with equal opportunities and resources. This distinction was noted mordantly in 1894 by author Anatole France, who wrote that “the law, in its majestic equality,…

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What if all US health care costs were transparent?

By Jeanne Pinder ~ TED ~  In the US, the very same blood test can cost $19 at one clinic and $522 at another clinic just blocks away — and nobody knows the difference until they get a bill weeks later. Journalist Jeanne Pinder says it doesn’t have to be this way. She’s built a platform that crowdsources the true costs of medical procedures and makes the data public, revealing…

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The benefits gap between high and low earners is widening

By The Economist I see patients every day who are going to have babies because they work at Facebook,” says Peter Klatsky of Spring Fertility clinic in Silicon Valley. Tech giants now include egg-freezing and in vitro fertilisation in their employees’ health coverage. But even as high-earning Americans have the cost of making a baby covered by their companies, many low earners cannot get paid leave to look after theirs.…

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THE JUSTICE PROJECT | Blog | Immunizations for Syrian Children; UNICEF Aims to Reach High Goal

Immunizations for Syrian Children; UNICEF Aims to Reach High Goal

As the crisis in Syria continues, UNICEF has maintained their goal of providing 100% of Syrian children with immunizations in a campaign they call National Immunization Week. This is the eighth consecutive National Immunization Week in Syria, and trained health workers are preparing to not only administer immunizations to children, but also to work with officials in Syria to ensure that health professionals are properly trained and have the necessary…

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