Re: What is the state of global medicine today?
Everyone deserves quality health care, and to live (as much as possible) free from the burden of disease, but progress towards these goals is, at best, patchy. Economic disparities appear to be the main hurdle.
Market driven health-care systems value the life/health of poor people far less than that of the rich. Thus, in the US a lucky few get wonderful high-tech care from physicians of their choice, yet tens of millions effectively get no health care. Between rich and poor countries the gap is even more marked.
Diseases prevalent in the developing world receive little attention from drug companies who can't see the profit, or from researchers with funding tied to health issues of the (aging) rich.
Disparity between health care systems also robs poorer countries of the medical professionals they trained.
Our global community must re-focus on eliminating/ preventing/ treating the most common and severe diseases. Extra investment can pay off: healthy people are more productive.
In a breakthrough for nuclear fusion research, scientists at China's Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) reactor have produced temperatures necessary for nuclear fusion on Earth.
- The EAST reactor was able to heat hydrogen to temperatures exceeding 100 million degrees Celsius.
- Nuclear fusion could someday provide the planet with a virtually limitless supply of clean energy.
- Still, scientists have many other obstacles to pass before fusion technology becomes a viable energy source.
Military recruits are supposed to be assessed to see whether they're fit for service. What happens when they're not?
- During the Vietnam War, Robert McNamara began a program called Project 100,000.
- The program brought over 300,000 men to Vietnam who failed to meet minimum criteria for military service, both physically and mentally.
- Project 100,000 recruits were killed in disproportionate numbers and fared worse after their military service than their civilian peers, making the program one of the biggest—and possibly cruelest—mistakes of the Vietnam War.
The 116th Congress is set to break records in term of diversity among its lawmakers, though those changes are coming almost entirely from Democrats.
- Women and nonwhite candidates made record gains in the 2018 midterms.
- In total, almost half of the newly elected Congressional representatives are not white men.
- Those changes come almost entirely from Democrats; Republican members-elect are all white men except for one woman.
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