Thursday, June 17, 2021

Biden administration plans an immediate ban on menthol cigarettes

Studies prove that such bans will help people quit smoking, especially those disproportionately affected by menthol cigarettes.

Living near fracking wells is linked to higher rate of heart attacks, study finds

Fracking and the increased truck traffic created by the industry raise levels of air pollution significantly, and exposure to air pollution raises heart attack risk.

Viruses know no borders. Vaccines shouldn’t either.

As an Indian American, my family has experienced the worst of this pandemic in two countries. For any of us to be safe, we all need vaccine equity.

Sanders, Omar, and others introduce permanent universal school meals program

“No child in the richest country in the world should face hunger.”

What’s up with the herd?

The United States won’t achieve herd immunity because a significant portion of the herd is suffering from mad cow disease.

Tax on Amazon’s pandemic profits could pay to vaccinate 580 million people worldwide: Oxfam

“A small number of corporate CEOs and wealthy investors have profited in the midst of this pandemic. Even more galling, these same rich companies and wealthy executives have not contributed their fair share in taxes.”

A pesticide linked to brain damage in children could finally be banned

A court has ruled that the EPA must ban the controversial pesticide chlorpyrifos—or prove its safety.

What America can learn from China—Lessons from the pandemic

While the China model cannot be transplanted to the West, there’s a lot that America can learn from China.

Food dyes linked to attention and activity problems in children

Food dyes in products such as breakfast cereals, juice and soft drinks, frozen dairy desserts, candies, and icings were linked to adverse neurobehavioral outcomes in children including inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and restlessness.

Global health leaders hail ‘monumental moment’ in Covid-19 fight as US supports vaccine waiver

“Countries that continue to oppose the WTO waiver—such as European Union countries, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Canada, Australia, Norway, Japan, and Brazil—must now take action, too.”