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Air pollution causes lung cancer, World Health Organization says

Air pollution causes lung cancer, World Health Organization says | World News | Scoop.it
It’s official: Breathing dirty air causes lung cancer .
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Schockingly enough, the World Health Organization has now anounced that breathing in polluted air can be a possilbe cause for cancer. It is scary to know, that among the countless things that can cause cancer, our air is now one of them. It is the mixture of gases, pollutants and other particles that have been labeled carcinogenic. In addition to knowing that air pollution was merely bad for human health, hearing this news should really urge people to do something about air pollution. 

 

This article was published on the LA Times. 

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Boat Packed With Migrants Sinks Near Sicily, Killing Scores

Boat Packed With Migrants Sinks Near Sicily, Killing Scores | World News | Scoop.it
The deaths of at least 111 people again underscored the dangerous, desperate efforts by many in Africa and the Middle East to reach Europe.
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This was a tragic article to read. A boat with nearly 500 people escaping African poverty and war was about to reach a Sicilian island but to make their location known, they tried to send a signal. This innocent attempt at being found, ended up causing a fire on the boat resulting in about 100 deaths, with about half of the migrants missing. It is sad that these innocent people were trying to better their lives but ended up losing them, it was also startling to read that these accident wasn’t uncomment to the Italian Coast Guard.

 

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Cindy Tanory's curator insight, October 3, 2013 7:15 PM

This was a tragic article to read. A boat with nearly 500 people escaping African poverty and war was about to reach a Sicilian island but to make their location known, they tried to send a signal. This innocent attempt at being found, ended up causing a fire on the boat resulting in about 100 deaths, with about half of the migrants missing. It is sad that these innocent people were trying to better their lives but ended up losing them, it was also startling to read that these accident wasn’t uncomment to the Italian Coast Guard.

 

I found this article on the NY times.   

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Abandoning E.R.B. Test May Also Put End to a Status Symbol

Abandoning E.R.B. Test May Also Put End to a Status Symbol | World News | Scoop.it
For the parents of some preschoolers in New York, a score below 99 on the admission test used by elite private schools can be a cause for concern.
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I found this article to be quite enlightening since I had no previous knowledge on NYC private schools and the testing required for them. Many 4 and 5 year olds were required to take this E.R.B exam in order to get accepted into private schools, but this requirement was later removed in 2010. Parents feel it’s their responsibility to brag about their kid’s high score or instead make up an excuse for a low score. When reading this article, it completely baffled me how a parent could think that her kids weren’t smart because they received scores of 95, still being in the upper 5 percent, instead of the coveted score of 99.  It saddened me also reading that when a mother had one son score 99, and her other son score a 95, it changed her perception of her children. It’s interesting what a big deal that these parents make about a test for their young ones.

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Times investigation: Legal drugs, deadly outcomes

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Prescription overdoses kill more people than heroin and cocaine. An L.A. Times review of coroners' records finds that drugs prescribed by a small number of doctors caused or contributed to a disproportionate number of deaths.
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I was shocked to read this article, which discusses deaths caused by overdose of prescription pills and whether doctors should be scrutinized after so many cases. I knew that prescription drug overdose was a prevailing problem but I didn’t know that it is responsible for “more lives than heroin and cocaine combined.”  This article mentions Dr. Vu, who has prescribed drugs to 16 patients who have died. It really puzzles me how after one death, this doctor didn’t stop and try to figure out if he should prescribe drugs more cautiously. I like how the author of this article mentions how physicians should try and screen patients for risk of addiction and to keep a close watch on them.   

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Oral Infections Causing More Hospitalizations

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Surprising numbers of patients are being hospitalized with serious, sometimes fatal tooth abscesses, a new study finds.
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In this article, it explains that serious tooth abscess can lead to death, and people don't really understand how important dentist visits are. It is becoming more common for Americans to deal with dental care in hospital emergency rooms. The cost of these dentist visits is something that is failing to be addressed, and when people can’t afford it, they have to end up waiting until it becomes severe to be dealt with.

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Air pollution causes lung cancer, World Health Organization says

Air pollution causes lung cancer, World Health Organization says | World News | Scoop.it
It’s official: Breathing dirty air causes lung cancer .
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Schockingly enough, the World Health Organization has now anounced that breathing in polluted air can be a possilbe cause for cancer. It is scary to know, that among the countless things that can cause cancer, our air is now one of them. It is the mixture of gases, pollutants and other particles that have been labeled carcinogenic. In addition to knowing that air pollution was merely bad for human health, hearing this news should really urge people to do something about air pollution. 

 

This article was published on the LA Times. 

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Fat and Thin Find Common Ground

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Binge eating disorder could bridge the gap between the obesity and eating disorder communities, while also reducing the stereotype that only thin people suffer from eating disorders.
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This was an intriguing article comparing eating disorders and obesity. I had never really realized that obesity through binge eating disorder is an eating disorder, I simply thought of it as a health issue. The common situation that one pictures when they hear the phrase eating disorder, is an extremely underweight person suffering from either bulimia or anorexia. Although this author explains that these two groups share the same psychological issues. In this article, a recovering bulimic said that although her therapist insists that she doesn't think or worry about her weight, her doctor keeps on urging her to loose weight. I think there should be better eating disorder treatments where patients aren't getting different opinions on matters of their health.

 

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The author of this paper, urges students to take advantage of their available writing centers, he offers some inspiring reasons why. The author offers advice from many students, which helps to validate his reasons. He mentions the idea of how writing is a conversation, and student tutors can help answer questions or even create some more that were probably overlooked in the writing. I enjoyed how this paper brought up a lot of discussions we have had in class, and the fact that we just have to start somewhere by taking notes and eventually the ideas will just start to flow. This has really encouraged me visit our writing center in order to try and make me a more confident writer.

 

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Cindy Tanory's curator insight, October 17, 2013 5:49 PM

The author of this paper, urges students to take advantage of their available writing centers, he offers some inspiring reasons why. The author offers advice from many students, which helps to validate his reasons. He mentions the idea of how writing is a conversation, and student tutors can help answer questions or even create some more that were probably overlooked in the writing. I enjoyed how this paper brought up a lot of discussions we have had in class, and the fact that we just have to start somewhere by taking notes and eventually the ideas will just start to flow. This has really encouraged me visit our writing center in order to try and make me a more confident writer.

 

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To Cut Abuse, F.D.A. Is Altering Painkiller Label Rules

To Cut Abuse, F.D.A. Is Altering Painkiller Label Rules | World News | Scoop.it
Federal officials said the labeling changes would “help improve the thoughtful prescribing” of medicines like OxyContin.
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The issue of abusing prescription drugs seems to be a prevalent problem across the United States. The Food and Drug Administration has decided that they are going to enforce changes on labeling requirements in order to try and decrease abuse of these drugs. While most labels currently say “for moderate to severe pain”, this will be modified in an attempt to save these high dosage pills for those who have severe pain and no other treatments available to them.  Another important problem is the lack of knowing the true risks of long-term use of these drugs. Drug producers are being asked to run clinical trials on the drugs currently on the market in order to better understand the drugs.

This article is from the reliable source, The New York Times. 

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