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Science Explains Why Prescription Drugs Cost So Much in America [PSMag.com]

Why do prescription drugs cost so much in the United States? A decade of science offers some answers. The major drivers for America’s drug prices are the extended patent protection companies get for new medicines and the lack of price negotiation by insurance companies, including public programs such as Medicare, according to a new paper . The paper reviews previously published studies, dating back to 2005, about drug costs in the U.S. Drug prices’ defenders often say that companies need to...

Letters: Curtailing kindergarten suspensions is a good first step [The Philadelphia Inquirer]

Leslie Lieberman, staff to the Philadelphia ACE Task Force, wrote this letter to the editor about the end of kindergarten suspensions in the Philadelphia School District: Curtailing K suspensions a good first step The School District of Philadelphia will no longer use suspension to discipline some of its youngest and most vulnerable students ("SRC curtails kindergarten suspensions," Friday). The Health Federation of Philadelphia applauds this decision, which is grounded in a growing...

Is There a Link Between White Racism and Blacks’ Higher Rate of Fatal Heart Disease? [PSMag.com]

It has long been established that being black in America is hazardous to your health. For one thing, African Americans are at higher risk of heart disease  — the nation’s No. 1 killer  — than their white neighbors. Is racism partly to blame? A new study provides evidence that points in that direction. It finds that, while there is a nationwide racial gap in the rate of circulatory disease, it is more pronounced in counties where white residents are more overtly racist. “To our knowledge,...

Chicago's 'Predictive Policing' List Isn't Preventing Violence [CityLab.com]

Since 2013, Chicago police have been attempting to identify individuals most likely to experience or perpetuate gun violence. The program, known as the Strategic Subjects List , is supposed to help prevent shootings. But it has raised controversy : Its prediction analysis is based, in part, on identifying people who have been arrested for any crime with anyone who has since become a homicide victim. This selection criterion means that people could be placed on the list even if police have...

Why One Neuroscientist Started Blasting His Core [TheAtlantic.com]

Elite tennis players have an uncanny ability to clear their heads after making errors. They constantly move on and start fresh for the next point. They can’t afford to dwell on mistakes. Peter Strick is not a professional tennis player. He’s a distinguished professor and chair of the department of neurobiology at the University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute. He’s the sort of person to dwell on mistakes, however small. “My kids would tell me, dad, you ought to take up pilates. Do some yoga,”...

The Siren’s Call [TheAtlantic.com]

When a medical emergency occurs, the first professional a patient comes into contact with is usually a paramedic in the ambulance. Paramedics often work long shifts in high-stress, life-or-death situations. Due to the physically (and psychologically) demanding nature of the job, workers frequently burn out, which can lead to shortages . Jason Hernandez is a paramedic with MedStar in Fort Worth, Texas. Hernandez was awarded the American Ambulance Association’s Star of Life award last year for...

Therapy for therapists highlights impact of child abuse [News4SanAntonio.com]

A man, charged with capital murder after a violent outburst leads to the death of a four-year-old boy. Another man, accused of sexually assaulting his girlfriend’s seven-year-old daughter. These are just two of the horrific cases of child abuse we’ve reported in the past month – and the impact reaches far beyond the families involved. Roy Maas Youth Alternatives runs emergency shelters for kids who were removed from dangerous homes. Counselors are on hand 24 hours a day, and years of...

6 Reasons Why Parks Matter for Health [RWJF.org]

The National Park Service celebrates its centennial this week, and our national parks have never been more appreciated; visitors made a record-breaking 307.2 million visits to them in 2015 . But what many park goers may not realize is that the access to natural scenery and park activities national parks provide play a role in improving health. In fact, research shows that using public parks—even tiny local ones in your neighborhood—contributes to health in a number of ways, from promoting...

Putting the Power of Self-Knowledge to Work [NYTimes.com]

Thirty years ago, the Nobel Prize-winning novelist Doris Lessing gave a series of lectures, later published in a book, “Prisons We Choose to Live Inside,” in which she reflected on the brutality in the world and asked how individuals and societies could evolve into something better. It’s a sobering book, but Lessing is hopeful — and her main source of hope stems from the capacity of human beings to study themselves and learn from their own behavior. “I think when people look back at our...

Educators learn the ABCs of school wellness at Pottstown institute [PheonixvilleNews.com]

Right before students are due to return for the fall session, tri-county area educators learned how to incorporate play into the school day during a wellness seminar at the Pottstown Middle School. About 160 people representing 13 area school districts attended the 2016 “Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds Institute” last week. The two-day event shows educators and school administrators how to incorporate physical fitness as well as other healthy activities into the school to create a better...

Discrimination Lands Many LGBT Youth in the Justice System, New Report Says [JJIE.org]

Stigma and discrimination, unsafe schools and discriminatory policing drive lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth into the justice system where they are overrepresented and subject to unfair treatment and abuse, says a new report . Studies show that while LGBT youth make up about 7 to 9 percent of the population, they account for larger percentages of youth in juvenile justice facilities, according to the report by the Movement Advancement Project and the Center for American...

Among La. Flood Victims, 'Depression Levels Are Really High' [NPR.org]

In the small flood-ravaged town of Springfield, La., Rachel Moriarity waited more than a week for a center where she could apply for emergency food stamps to finally open in the Am-Vets hall — but she's been turned away at the door. This week they are processing only those with last names beginning with A through D. "I don't have a vehicle to get here," she tells a staffer from the state, who replies that due to the volume of applicants in need, there isn't anything they can do. A defeated...

More than 4,000 American Public Schools Still Hit Their Students [PSMag.com]

American kids in more than 4,000 public schools in 21 states were paddled, spanked, or otherwise physically punished at school during the 2013–14 school year, according to a new analysis of the latest nationwide data by Education Week. About 109,000 students, ranging from kindergartners to high school seniors, experienced corporal punishment at school that year. Overall, physical punishment at school is rare and declining in America. The United States has about 98,000 public elementary and...

One Block, Zero Shootings: How One Mom Is Building Community In Englewood [WBez.org]

Last year, a woman was shot and killed on 75th and Stewart in Englewood. Most people have that moment when enough is enough. This was Tamar Manasseh’s. Manasseh lives in Bronzeville, but she grew up in Englewood. Right after the murder, she decided to organize Mothers Against Senseless Killings, or M.A.S.K. [For more of this story, written by Natalie Moore, go to https://www.wbez.org/shows/wbez-news/how-one-mom-is-building-community-in-englewood/ad478912-c74c-439d-a1cf-52f0c58989b6]

Can Restorative Justice Solve Walmart’s Crime Problem? [PSMag.com]

To most, Walmart is synonymous with low prices. To others, the retail behemoth brings to mind an image of a decidedly asinine smiley face. But to many, the store evokes something far more troublesome: crime. Walmart has typically relied on local law enforcement to deal with all kinds of crime on company property, but, last week, Time reported that the retail chain is taking on responsibility for at least one type of crime: theft. Walmart is partnering with Corrective Education Company, a...

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