World lagging behind on global health targets, researchers warn | Global development According to the report, published in the Lancet, no country has met any of the nine global health targets – including the elimination of major disease epidemics and the reduction of health issues like childhood obesity and intimate partner violence – laid down as part of the UN’s sustainable development agenda. The study provides the first independent analysis of performance on sustainable development goal three, which calls on the world to “Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages”. The health SDG is one of 17 universal goals that replaced the millennium development goals (MDGs) after they expired at the end of 2015. “This paper on the SDGs represents a baseline that informs health policy and decision-makers in all countries, as well as the UN,” said Dr Christopher Murray, director of Seattle’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluations (IHME), which led the study. Even developed countries, including the UK and US, did badly in certain areas.
Old People Driving - The Economist Film Project In this tender and surprising documentary, we climb into the passenger seat alongside Milton (age 96) and Herbert (age 99) as they confront the end of their driving years. The film follows Herbert as he takes his last drive, hands over his keys and comes to terms with the reality of life without a car. Milton, meanwhile, continues to drive and vows to do so until he feels he’s no longer safe on the road. Through their stories, and a review of the traffic safety research, we learn what’s at stake for graying drivers. And we discover the heartbreaking truth about a generation that came of age with the car: that they, too, will eventually sputter to a stop. RAY SUAREZ: And now to another in our economist film project series. Tonight's documentary is called "Old People Driving." According to the American Automobile Association, AAA, 37 million Americans will be 65 or older by the year 2020. Here's an excerpt from her film. MILTON CAVALLI, 96 years old: My name is Milton Cavalli.
VIDEO: Step Inside a Real SWAT Team Pot Raid -- See if You Can Tell Who the 'Bad Guys' Are Mansfield, OH — If a dozen men armed with assault rifles drove up to your house, smashed out your doors and windows, ransacked your belongings, and robbed you of your hard-earned money — this story would undoubtedly be on news channels across the country. People would quickly arm themselves and groups would form to protect neighborhoods from the dangers of the armed gangs robbing and pillaging people. However, when these armed groups of robbers wear a badge on their chest, this plunder becomes justice and the members become heroes. People would quickly arm themselves and groups would form to protect neighborhoods from the dangers of the armed gangs robbing and pillaging people. Across the country, it is estimated that SWAT teams are deployed hundreds of times — every day. Since the 1980s, SWAT raids have increased by 2,500 percent from a mere 3,000 raids a year, to upwards of 80,000. The film’s mission was simple — go along with SWAT teams and film their experience.
CBD Ban? DEA Tries to Reclassify Non-THC Cannabis Oil as Schedule 1 Makia Freeman, ContributorWaking Times A CBD ban appears to have been put in place by the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration), an agency of the US Government. Two days ago on their website, they posted a notice that they had made a “new rule“, effective Dec. 14th 2016, to classify “marihuana” (their antiquated spelling, not mine) as a schedule 1 drug. What this means is that CBD (cannabidiol) extracts which have trace amounts of, or absolutely no THC, and are therefore non-psychoactive, are now reclassified to be on par with psychoactive or THC-containing cannabis, heroin, LSD and peyote. This latent stunt by the DEA is sure to be met with fierce resistance by a legion of Americans who are well aware of the health benefits of the cannabis plant. Kickback from Kratom? The timing of this move is interesting, given how recently the DEA tried to reschedule another substance: kratom. Text of the New Rule Regarding CBD from the DEA Here’s the text of the new rule: About the Author
Global Health - Global Health Security - Why It Matters Disease Threats Can Spread Faster and More Unpredictably Than Ever Before People are traveling more. Food and medical product supply chains stretch across the globe. Biological threats (such as Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, or MERS-CoV) and drug-resistant illnesses pose a growing danger to people everywhere, whether diseases are naturally occurring, intentionally produced, or the result of a laboratory accident. In today’s interconnected world, poorly treated cases of TB or pneumonia in Asia and Africa have shown up in U.S. hospitals within days. Emerging global disease threats have created the opportunity to forge new global solutions such as the International Health Regulations (IHR), signed by all 194 member states of the World Health Organization. We Are Not Yet Safe There is much more to be done. Global Health Security Provides Protection From Infectious Disease Threats A disease threat anywhere can mean a threat everywhere. Global Health Security Is Economically Smart
Taxonomy of Older Driver Behaviors and Crash Risk Some older drivers have experienced age-related changes that undermine their ability to drive safely, so may pose a hazard to themselves and to other road users. Older adults may reduce their risk by avoiding driving under difficult conditions including night and rush hour driving, but the current understanding of the relationship between age-related functional changes and risky driving behaviors is inadequate to support development of effective countermeasures. This study updates and extends our understanding of how age-related functional deficits can influence driver performance, and in turn crash risk for older drivers. It also examines the potential for behavioral countermeasures targeted to the remediation or accommodation of such deficits to attenuate critical errors in performance, and thus to reduce crash risk. A taxonomy table displaying the demonstrated and inferred links between these variables was developed as the central product of this research.
National Academy of Sciences Issues Landmark Statement on Medical Cannabis Alex Pietrowski, Staff WriterWaking Times In 2016, the Drug Enforcement Administration of the United States issued a long-awaited decision on the medical benefits of cannabis, and instead of validating what millions of people already know to be true about this healing plant, the DEA chose to keep intact the 1970 designation of cannabis as a schedule I substance, a drug which has, as they claim, no medical benefit. Furthermore, in an even more egregious affront to justice and common sense, in December of 2016, the DEA made an overnight decision to create a new classification of schedule I drugs for cannabis extracts in order to stop the sale and consumption of CBD oil, a non-psychoactive derivative of cannabis which is known to have many health benefits. These decisions contradict hundreds of studies, an abundance of medically verified success stories, and countless pieces of anecdotal evidence that cannabis in fact has wide-ranging medical value. Read more articles by Alex Pietrowski.
This Is How Cannabis Affects Your Body – Depending On How It’s Ingested [Infographic] Credit: Huffington Post By Amanda Froelich | True Activist Have you heard? The U.S. Related Article: The Miracle of Cannabis Gives a Young Girl Her Life Back However, one won’t experience these benefits when they smoke cannabis. Similar to smoking cigarettes, inhaling smoke from marijuana can be toxic to the body. There’s a lot to learn about cannabis and how one’s body is affected when it is consumed in various ways. Related Article: How Shamanic Plants Are Curing PTSD For Veterans What are your thoughts? This article (This Is How Cannabis Affects Your Body – Depending On How It’s Ingested [Infographic]) is free and open source.