Indian state requires candidates to own a toilet before they can run in village elections

Authorities in an east Indian state have made it mandatory for candidates contesting village elections to have a toilet in their home as part of a move to improve sanitation in the country, a senior official said. On Wednesday, the Bihar state assembly passed an act mandating that candidates must confirm that they have a toilet inside their home in […]

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Why fewer women seek abortions

It’s “ a fascinating irony of the pro-life movement,” said David Frum. Abortion rates are plummeting in the U.S., largely because of prolifers’ efforts. But at the same time, out-of-wedlock births are soaring—and among the poor and the lower middle class, are actually becoming the norm. There were 730,000 abortions in 2011, according to the latest official tally—the smallest number […]

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Can You Catch Obesity?

Can You Catch Obesity?

Can you catch obesity from others was studied by JAMA Pediatrics and came away with more questions.  You may find the answers in the story below. The study was conducted on some military families that were assigned to different bases.  Some were located in countries where the locals had high rates of obesity.  Others were located in countries that had […]

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Zipline Injuries

The more ziplining becomes popular the more injuries are soaring.  A study shows that the rise between 2009 and 2012 rose about 50% where kids under the age of 9 rose about 45% of that number.  Most of the injuries were broken bones, fractures and about 10% of the injured needed to be hospitalized.  Most of the injuries occurred by […]

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Millions Dying from Air Pollution

Millions Dying from Air Pollution

According to a report from the World Health Organization (WHO) around 7 billion people are breathing polluted air. Tens of millions dying from air pollution worldwide are dying every year.  Polluted air can raise the risk of heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, and other chronic respiratory health issues. In a study back in 2015 they found that air pollution has […]

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The children can’t take it anymore

Russian teens are killing themselves en masse, and the authorities “seem oblivious,” said Alexander Tretyakov. The country has long had one of the world’s highest teen suicide rates, and in the past decade it’s gotten worse. Thousands of teens have joined “suicide forums” on Vkontakte, the Russian equivalent of Facebook. There they share stories of abuse and desperation and trade […]

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