The Racial Discrimination Embedded in Modern Medicine

Minutes separated Are’Yana Hill from death as she struggled to breathe in the hallway of her San Francisco high school. The 18-year-old had lived with asthma attacks since before she could talk, and on that day, in April 2014, she could not speak. She thrust the rescue inhaler she carried in her backpack between her

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Your Desk Job is Killing You: Kidney Disease Edition

We already know that sitting is killing us. People with sedentary lifestyles have been found to have a higher risk of cancer, are more likely to die of cardiovascular disease and are 90 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than their less sedentary counterparts. Now we can add kidney disease to the list of

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Poll: Majority of Americans Think Weed Should be Legal

A new poll conducted by Gallup found 58 percent of Americans think marijuana should be made legal, up 40 percent from a 1969 survey. Support for legalizing cannabis use has been steadily growing over the past decades, and is now a topic for discussion in the 2016 presidential race. During the first Democratic debate, Bernie

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Marijuana Use—and Abuse—in the U.S. Has Doubled in the Past Decade

Changing laws and attitudes surrounding medical and recreational marijuana use have made the drug more accessible. Currently, 23 states in the U.S. permit cannabis for medical purposes, and four of those states have decriminalized the drug for recreational use. As a result, more people are using marijuana, and according to a new study this may

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Food Security Body Warns of Famine in South Sudan

South Sudan faces the “concrete risk” of famine by the end of 2015 and 30,000 people are already classified as being in a food security catastrophe, a statement from the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) said on Thursday. The IPC, whose members include the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Programme,

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What You Need to Know About President Xi’s Visit to The U.K.

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Britain—the first to the U.K. by a Chinese leader in a decade—is set to be marred by controversy, as human rights groups prepare to protest China’s crackdown on human rights. President Xi arrives on Monday morning, although his official tour will begin the next day. The stakes are

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Lloyd’s of London Chief Inga Beale Heads List of Top 100 LGBT Executives

Inga Beale, the chief executive of the Lloyd’s of London insurance market, became the first woman to rank first on a power list of the world’s top 100 LGBT business executives on Monday. Beale is also the first openly bisexual person to top the list, which was compiled by the U.K.-based OUTstanding business network that campaigns

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Toyota to Recall 6.5 Million Cars to Fix Power Window Switch

Toyota Motor Corp said on Wednesday it would recall 6.5 million vehicles globally to fix a defect in the power window switch in models including the Yaris/Vitz subcompact, Corolla and Camry. About 2.7 million of the recalled cars are in North America, 1.2 million in Europe, and 600,000 in Japan, the company said. It said

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China Agrees Deal for Major Stake in U.K. Nuclear Power Plant

Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to finalize a deal for China to cover 30 percent of the cost of a new nuclear power station in western England, according to the Financial Times. The proposed total cost is 24 billion pounds ($37 billion.) The plant, which could be completed by 2025, will be based at

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In For a Yuan, In For a Pound: Is The U.K. Making a Bad Bet On China?

This piece was originally published by the Council on Foreign Relations. What exactly is the objection to UK Chancellor George Osborne’s desire for the United Kingdom to be Beijing’s “best partner in the West” and to have a “relationship that is second to none”? After all, there is not a country on earth that does

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