Ebola Virus Shaking the World

August 17, 2014
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Ebola Virus Shaking the World

Since March, the Ebola virus has infected more than 1,900 people. The countries most affected are Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. All three countries are in West Africa. More than 1,000 have died.

Many are concerned about its possible spread in the United States. So far, no Ebola cases have been reported. People coming from West Africa are being tested.

People get Ebola from food tainted by the droppings of bats....

Undocumented Face Strong Republican Opposition

August 17, 2014
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Undocumented Face Strong Republican Opposition

Immigration Reform problems

The tea party wing of the Republican Party now seems in charge of immigration reform in the House. This is bad news for immigration reformers.

Conservatives say that no reform can begin until the borders are sealed. With the recent surge of migrant...

McDonald’s Under the Gun for Working Conditions at its Restaurants

August 17, 2014
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McDonald’s Under the Gun for Working Conditions at its Restaurants

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is in charge of on-the-job working conditions and rules. It made a big decision. The Board said that McDonald’s is responsible for working conditions in its franchise restaurants.

When a local McDonald’s violated rules on wages and working conditions,...

U.S. Policy Turns Against Child Migrants

August 10, 2014
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U.S. Policy Turns Against Child Migrants

The U.S. is sending a message. It does not want migrant parents to come to America with their kids. It does not want them sending kids by themselves.

The United...

Latino Voters Are Important – Not Important: You Decide

August 10, 2014
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Latino Voters Are Important – Not Important: You Decide

The year 2014 is a mid-term election year. All 435 House seats are up for grabs.

Hispanic voters can make a difference. For example, their votes in Colorado can make...

Lower-Income Diabetics Face Challenges

August 10, 2014
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Lower-Income Diabetics Face Challenges

Millions of Americans have diabetes. Millions more may face diabetes in the future. Treating diabetes is a lifelong challenge.

A new study shows that diabetics who live in lower income...

HEALTH ISSUE Diabetes Affecting Younger Children

August 3, 2014
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HEALTH ISSUE Diabetes Affecting Younger Children

 

First, there is good news for adults. Drinking more coffee may reduce the risk of getting diabetes. In fact, cutting down the amount of coffee you drink may increase...

HEALTH ISSUE Pregnant Women Taking Painkillers

August 3, 2014
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HEALTH ISSUE Pregnant Women Taking Painkillers

Pregnant women are smoking less, drinking coffee and alcohol less and watching their diets. What they are doing more of, however, is taking painkillers. Researchers are alarmed.

Medicaid pays for...

HEALTH ISSUE Good Reasons to Vaccinate Infants

August 3, 2014
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HEALTH ISSUE Good Reasons to Vaccinate Infants

Parents should have their infants vaccinated. Vaccinations protect against measles, mumps, rubella (German measles) and varicella (chickenpox). Some parents worry that the vaccinations may cause autism. Scientists say there...

In Brief

More Salt, Less Salt: Experts Disagree

Today’s dietary advice may not be true tomorrow. Eighteen months ago the advice was to Put Down that Salt Shaker. That is now changing....

Are You Heading Toward Bankruptcy?

If you cannot pay your debts, federal law allows you to declare bankruptcy. Hundreds of thousands of Americans declared bankruptcy during the Great Recession....

HEALTH ISSUE Next to Go in Your Diet: Sugar

The World Health Organization says your daily intake of sugar should be just five percent of your total calories. That is half of what...

Do Back Pain Drugs Work?

Do the drugs work?  Tylenol, Anacin and Panadol are part of the acetaminophen family of drugs. Acetaminophens are used around the world. They are...

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