Tag: Lead

Mar 14

Lead exposure linked to 412,000 premature deaths in US each year

Up to 412,000 deaths a year in the U.S. can be attributed to lead exposure, according to a new study published Monday in The Lancet Pubilc Health. Of that figure, exposure to the toxic metal may be an “important, but largely overlooked” risk factor behind the 256,000 annual cardiovascular disease deaths in the country, the …

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Mar 13

Gina Haspel, tapped to lead the CIA, oversaw torture in Bush-era extraordinary rendition progam

Donald Trump has chosen CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who he’s fired. Replacing Pompeo at the CIA will be current CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel, who will—assuming she’s confirmed—become the first woman to run the agency. But while Haspel’s appointment as deputy director last year was cheered by many former CIA …

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Mar 11

Women in Vieques, Puerto Rico, lead the fight against U.S. Navy contamination of their island

Women’s History Month isn’t simply a matter of honoring women of the past and educating the public about them. We also highlight the activities of women who are engaged in struggles for justice today. On the small island of Vieques, Puerto Rico, which has been called “the colony of the colony,” a life-and-death battle is being waged, …

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Mar 10

What Does It Mean When High School Students Take the Lead in Fighting a National Problem?

Will an AR-15 succeed where the American Dream failed? “It was no surprise to anyone who knew him to hear that he was the shooter.” — Emma Gonzalez, Senior, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Over the past three weeks, the impassioned voices and steadfast demands of the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have resounded across social …

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Mar 03

TV stations follow John Oliver’s lead in the movement to forgive medical debt

It has become an all-too-familiar sight—websites, posters, collection jars with photos of children, mothers, young people who need medical care they can’t afford. Some will not receive life-saving treatment without this help. All too often, the bills will saddle the family with a debt burden that will follow them for years—sometimes for life. Getting sick, …

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Feb 23

Gun control after Parkland: Student survivors lead the way

Nikolas Cruz knew how to handle a gun, thanks to the National Rifle Association and the U.S. Army. The accused perpetrator of the Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, gunned down 17 people in three minutes, all with a semi-automatic AR-15. Cruz attended the high school but was moved …

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Feb 13

Notorious gerrymanderer Trump picked to lead census withdraws, sources say

Donald Trump’s appalling choice to run the census has dropped out. Thomas Brunell was the Trump administration’s pick to be deputy director of the Census Bureau, a job that would have put him in charge of conducting the 2020 census. That was bad news because Brunell is a partisan Republican who is explicitly in favor of gerrymandering. …

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Feb 12

Ninth Circuit decision could lead to SCOTUS showdown over your right to a private sex life

On Friday, the Ninth Circuit—the federal appeals court for Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington—decided that, contrary to what two other circuit courts have said, sex is a constitutional right such that the state cannot fire an employee for private sexual conduct. In this most recent case out of Roseville, California, Janelle Pérez, …

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Feb 07

Trump’s next conspiracy: ‘BOMBSHELL!’ FBI texts will finally lead to Mueller’s demise

Right on cue, Donald Trump has moved on to his next bid to run interference on the Russia investigation and his ties to the Kremlin. Of course, to date, all his “bombshells” have bombed, but perhaps this will be the “bombshelliest” of them all!  x NEW FBI TEXTS ARE BOMBSHELLS! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 7, …

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Feb 03

GOP Stinginess Could Lead to a Global Pandemic

With funding scarce, the CDC is narrowing the focus of a program that has been successful in preventing outbreaks. After the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014, the United States promised to help fight epidemics around the globe and Congress allotted over $ 4 billion to quell the contagion and approximately $ 1 billion for general …

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