Want to know what would happen if swine flu returns in the fall a la 1918? One of the world's foremost global health writers tells us.
Council on Foreign Relations fellow Laurie Garrett commended nations on the coordinated effort taken so far to retard the spread of swine flu since it broke out in March. But the cooperation we have seen, she said in a conversation with Big Think yesterday, has much to do with the fact that H1N1 is a relatively mild form of the fly virus.
"If this organism undergoes mutations and changes between now and the
fall as it circulates in the southern hemisphere and takes on greater
virulence a lot of this goodwill could break down."
Garrett painted a scenario in which rich nations stockpiled medicines to
protect their citizens and poor countries took the brunt of a
The full interview with Ms. Garrett will be released shortly.
Upstreamism advocate Rishi Manchanda calls us to understand health not as a "personal responsibility" but a "common good."
- Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
- Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
- Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
A plan to forgive almost a trillion dollars in debt would solve the student loan debt crisis, but can it work?
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren has just proposed a bold education reform plan that would forgive billions in student debt.
- The plan would forgive the debt held by more than 30 million Americans.
- The debt forgiveness program is one part of a larger program to make higher education more accessible.
America isn't immune to attempts to remove books from libraries and schools, here are ten frequent targets and why you ought to go check them out.
- Even in America, books are frequently challenged and removed from schools and public libraries.
- Every year, the American Library Association puts on Banned Books Week to draw attention to this fact.
- Some of the books they include on their list of most frequently challenged are some of the greatest, most beloved, and entertaining books there are.
In most states, LGBTQ Americans have no legal protections against discrimination in the workplace.
- The Supreme Court will decide whether the Civil Rights Act of 1964 also applies to gay and transgender people.
- The court, which currently has a probable conservative majority, will likely decide on the cases in 2020.
- Only 21 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws effectively extending the Civil Rights of 1964 to gay and transgender people.
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