India Just Passed A Trans Rights Bill. Why Are Trans Activists Protesting It?

Enlarge this image Supporters of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community hold placards during a protest against passing of Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019, in Bangalore, India, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. Members of the LGBT community alleged that the bill violated their rights instead of empowering them. The bill was passed in upper...

Ethel Paley, Champion of Nursing Home Patients, Dies at 99

Ethel Paley, a social worker who for 35 years was at the forefront of helping nursing home patients and their families navigate the labyrinthine health care system, redress hidden abuses in treatment and lobby for systemic solutions, died on Nov. 18 at her home in Manhattan. She was 99. Her death was...

Bats Play Key Pollinating Role for Durians

Known as the world’s smelliest fruit, durians are also essential to the farming economy of Indonesia. Although repulsive to many Western noses — some compare the smell to rotting trash — durians command the highest unit price of any fruit in Indonesia, with an export value of more than $250 million in 2013.Hoping to...

Healthcare Sector – Top 4 Tips to Succeed in the Industry

These days, more and more eager entrepreneurs are starting a business within the healthcare sector. And for a good reason: the demand for both products and services in the system are always high, making it a highly lucrative industry of nearly limitless potential. However, it’s also a field that requires a lot of work...

Future Of Surprise Medical Billing Legislation Remains Uncertain

The summer kicked off with a blitz of government activity to end surprise medical billing, but lobbying, impeachment, and policy arguments have left the future of the legislation up in the air.

Measles Numbers Were Bad In 2018. This Year, They're Even Worse

Enlarge this image A father in the Philippines holds his child, who was immunized for measles. Jason Beaubien/NPR hide caption toggle caption Jason Beaubien/NPR After decades of progress against one of the most contagious human viruses, the world is seeing measles stage a slow, steady comeback. The World Health Organization and the CDC say in a new report that...

Carolyn Konheim, Foe of All That Befouled a City, Dies at 81

Carolyn Konheim, whose sons’ soot-specked white snow suits transformed her from a high school history teacher into a crusading New York environmentalist who targeted water and air pollutants, congested streets and other scourges of modern urban life, died on Nov. 25 at her home in Brooklyn. She was 81.The cause was complications...

Dr. Janette Sherman, 89, Early Force in Environmental Science, Dies

When Dr. Janette Sherman was practicing internal medicine in suburban Detroit in the 1970s, she noticed that several of her patients were reporting similar symptoms, and that they all worked in automobile factories.She soon realized that they were all being exposed to the same hazardous chemicals, including arsenic. She shared her findings...

'There's No Good Dust': What Happens After Quartz Countertops Leave The Factory

Enlarge this image The Cambria factory in Minnesota manufactures slabs of engineered quartz for kitchen and bathroom countertops. Cambria hide caption toggle caption Cambria Every day, 20 to 30 trucks roll into a factory in Minnesota. They're filled with quartz—some of it like a powder, and some of it like sparkling little pebbles, in big white sacks. "It's about...

Reversing Course, Idaho Campus Lets Students Use Medicaid As Health Coverage

Enlarge this image Kaydee Edralin and her husband, along with many other students at Brigham Young University-Idaho were upset they would have to buy additional health insurance after the university said it would not consider Medicaid to be valid insurance. The school reversed the policy Monday. James Dawson/Boise State Public Radio hide caption toggle caption James Dawson/Boise...