Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

“President Donald Trump created an opioid commission, which found that in 2015 enough opioids were prescribed to medicate every American for three weeks.”

October 20, 2017

https://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21730452-buffalo-new-york-has-history-pioneering-criminal-justice-innovations-americas-first

“OFFICE desks at which you stand are all the rage…But is it better for the job? A piece of research…suggests it might be.”

October 12, 2017

https://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21729972-it-seems-promote-cognitive-performance-standing-good-your-mind-well

“New Study Shows Boxing’s Early Toll on Muhammad Ali – – Research finds a direct correlation between the boxing legend’s fights and his diminished speaking ability at the end of his boxing career”

August 25, 2017

https://www.wsj.com/articles/new-study-shows-boxings-early-toll-on-muhammad-ali-1503489119

Excerpt:

In 1968, Ali spoke at a rate of 4.1 syllables per second, which is close to average for healthy adults. By 1971, his rate of speech had fallen to 3.8 syllables per second, and it continued sliding steadily, year by year, fight by fight. An ordinary adult would see little or no decline in his speaking rate between the ages of 25 and 40, but Ali experienced a drop of more than 26% in that same period . . . The paper suggests that by 1978, six years before his Parkinson’s syndrome diagnosis and three years before his retirement from boxing, Ali was slurring his words.

“One study found that car emissions kill 53,000 Americans each year, against 34,000 who die in traffic accidents.”

August 11, 2017

https://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21726071-it-had-good-run-end-sight-machine-changed-world-death

“In 2015…428,000 children were in foster care, compared with 397,000 in 2012…`The main reason…is the opioid epidemic…'”

June 23, 2017

http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21723876-meanwhile-more-children-need-foster-care-adoptions-america-are-declining