Monday’s Supreme Court ruling that closely held corporations cannot be required to provide contraception coverage for their employees under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) spurs controversy and concern for the future as it pertains to women’s access to healthcare services.
English: Picture Of Ortho Tri-Cyclen oral contraceptives with Ortho Dialpak dispensers (photo taken by self). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The ACA requires employers to cover the full range of contraception in their health care plans at no cost to their female employees with exemptions for churches and accommodations for religious hospitals, schools and non-profits. Last week’s ruling asserts that requiring …read more
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Do cells have a moral compass? It seems they do (in a way) according to a study on the genetic effects of happiness conducted by the University of North Carolina and University of California, Los Angeles. Researchers asked volunteers to fill out surveys on if they felt satisfied with their lives. The results showed that those whose happiness was tied to service to others or a higher purpose showed lower levels of biological markers that result in inflammation. This inflammation has been linked to cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. In contrast those whose happiness was …read more
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On one recent evening, as I was flipping channels to get to my favorite news program, I came across a television game show called Let’s Ask America. It’s sort of the Family Feud meets Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Okay, so I like game shows and the news. The concept of the show is that using Skype, four contestants play from their homes responding to questions with two to four possible answers. The answers are based on surveying Americans from various walks of life – moms, business people, high school students, etc. On this …read more
Jamaica has had a 40% drop in its murder rate from 2009 to 2013. There are many events that may have attributed to this drop: a major drug lord arrest; an emphasis on community police, violence reduction and combating corruption; and replacing leaded gasoline with unleaded. Wait, unleaded gasoline? That’s right. From 1990-2000, Jamaica started to phase out leaded gasoline, which leads some to believe that the beneficial impact of youth with lower levels of lead poisoning is just beginning.
Leaded gas which has been banned in the US since 1995, one of TIME’s 50 worst inventions, has been linked …read more