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In Town With Little Water, Coca-Cola Is Everywhere. So Is Diabetes.

SAN CRISTÓBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico — Maria del Carmen Abadía lives in one of Mexico’s rainiest regions, but she has running water only once every two days. When it does trickle from her tap, the water is so heavily chlorinated, she said, it’s undrinkable.<p>Potable water is increasingly scarce in San …

Mexico

Trump Says Environmental Regulations Tank The Economy. California Is Proving Him Wrong

California has slashed its greenhouse gas pollution while growing its economy faster than the US as a whole.<p>For years, President Trump has insisted that environmental regulations hurt the economy, pledging to roll back Obama-era policies aimed at curbing climate change, bring back the coal …

Fossil Fuels

Per capita income, human development rankings puncture holes in India’s GDP rise story

<b>GDP per capita of $1,940 shows the average Indian is less prosperous than those in some of our neighbouring countries.</b><p><b>New Delhi:</b> India is now the …

percapita

Breast-Feeding or Formula? For Americans, It’s Complicated

For as long as there have been babies, there have been debates over how to feed them.<p>Wet nursing, which began as early as 2000 B.C., was once a widely accepted option for mothers who could not or did not want to breast-feed, but it faced criticism during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The …

statisticsdlda

Toothless in Virginia: Pain relief for the uninsured of America

<b>In the heart of the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia, hundreds of people gather at dawn at a rural airport's parking lot, to be the first in the queue for free medical and dental attention at the Remote Area Medical (RAM) pop up clinic.</b><p>They are people without insurance who in many cases have …

uninsured

There’s No Rational Way to Justify America’s Drug Laws

People assume that a medical committee sat down to consider which recreational drugs were the safest and least addictive. This wise group then decided that alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine should be legal, while marijuana and everything else should not.<p>In 2013, CNN’s medical correspondent, Sanjay …

Cannabis

The full story of Thailand’s extraordinary cave rescue

<b>On 23 June, 12 boys went exploring in Thailand's Chiang Rai province with their football coach - and ended up trapped deep inside a cave underneath a mountain.</b><p>What happened over the following two weeks has gripped the world. It is a remarkable story of friendship, human endurance - and the lengths …

Swimming Pools

The story of newborn babies in Iowa shows how immigration crackdowns hurt Americans, too

In late May 2008, across the state of Iowa, something weird started happening to newborns. For the next nine or so months, more babies across the state were born underweight, compared to the same period of previous years.<p>Not just any babies, though. There was no difference among babies born to …

Immigration

For Some African Americans, Genetic Testing Reopens Past Wounds

Late last year, Justina Crawford decided to swab the inside of her mouth for a saliva sample to do a DNA test.<p>Ms. Crawford, a 30-year-old working in Boston who is African American, had never done a DNA test before because she worried about who would have access to her genetic information. But her …

Molecular Biology

Why The Breastfeeding Vs. Formula Debate Is Especially Critical In Poor Countries

The long-running breast milk vs. formula debate made headlines earlier this week.<p>The <i>New York Times</i> reported that the Trump administration had tried to remove language from a WHO resolution that would, according to reporter Andrew Jacobs, "promote and protect breastfeeding around the world, …

Public Health

Why New York City Is Reporting Its Sustainability Progress to the UN

So far, it’s the only city in the world to publish a review of its progress toward the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).<p>On Wednesday, New York City became the first city in the world to report to the United Nations on its progress toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals …

Sustainability

‘Still Can’t Believe It Worked’: The Story of the Thailand Cave Rescue

MAE SAI, Thailand — Improbably enough, most of the escapes went flawlessly.<p>But on trip No. 11, to save one of the last soccer teammates stuck for 18 days deep inside the cave, something went dangerously wrong.<p>Rescuers inside an underground chamber felt a tug on the rope — the sign that one of the …

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Waters rose, turning hour-long cave trip into 18-day ordeal

CHIANG RAI, Thailand (AP) — The boys meant to explore the cave for just an hour, a casual jaunt to relax after soccer practice, but the waters rose. The teammates climbed higher, using their hands to feel the walls for a crawl space that would lead to safer, higher ground. Those handprints were …

Thailand

Ebola survivors suffer severe mental and neurological problems

(Reuters) - People who survive the deadly Ebola virus can continue to suffer severe psychiatric and neurological problems including depression, debilitating migraines, nerve pain and stroke, according to a study published on Wednesday.<p>A laboratory worker uses a microscope at the health centre in …

Disease

How Cape Town Got to the Brink of Water Catastrophe

And how it stepped back, just in time.<p><i>This story was originally published on Circle of Blue. Travel funding for this story came from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.</i><p>CAPE TOWN—This what a water panic looks like in a major global city.<p>People hoard water. They queue for hours, well into the …

Water

Can the Middle East solve its water problem?

<b>(CNN) —</b> In one of the hottest, driest places on earth, water is so scant it needs to be filtered from the sea.<p>The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is the world's most water-scarce region, with 17 countries below the water poverty line set by the United Nations.<p>Much like money spent from an …

Water

The forgotten British-Asian physician who changed modern medicine

Before Frederick Akbar Mahomed, the world did not know that human life could be prolonged by reducing blood pressure. The 19th century doctor from Brighton, England, did pioneering research into nephritis and hypertension, and helped introduce the British Medical Association’s collective …

Medicine

Official: Renewed Emmett Till probe prompted by 2017 book

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A renewed investigation into the brutal slaying of Emmett Till was prompted by a 2017 book that revealed lies by a key figure in the 1955 case that helped build momentum for the civil rights movement, a federal official said Thursday.<p>A federal official familiar with the …

Black History

What a US-China Trade War Could Mean for the Opioid Epidemic

We rely on China to control the manufacture and export of illicit drugs like fentanyl. Now, “China could say ‘We are no longer going to cooperate with the United States on controlling these synthetic opioids.’”<p>The American struggle to curb opioid addiction could become collateral damage in …

pharmaceuticals

Is Intentional Starvation the Future of War?

The malnutrition ward of the Al-Sabaeen hospital, in Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, is a quiet place even when it is busy. Parents speak in murmurs and children are too weak to cry. In a room off a pink-painted hallway, a mother named Salami Ahmed sat cross-legged on a bed, resting her ten-month-old …

Middle East

El Salvador's hidden tragedy: 'I can't take the agony any more'

Even before making the perilous journey north, violence and economic hardship force many to relocate within El Salvador.<p><b>San Salvador</b> - Ana Martinez* sometimes cries of happiness and torment at the same time, relieved to be alive, but exhausted from living in fear.<p>The Salvadoran mother of two …

Immigration

'It's Not That the Story Was Buried.' What Americans in the 1930s Really Knew About What Was Happening in Germany

Few are as aware that the news is the first draft of history as is the team behind a recently opened exhibition at the United States Holocaust …

Great Depression

The staggering rise of India’s super-rich

On 3 May, at around 4.45pm, a short, trim Indian man walked quickly down London’s Old Compton Street, his head bowed as if trying not to be seen. From his seat by the window of a nearby noodle bar, Anuvab Pal recognised him instantly. “He is tiny, and his face had been all over every newspaper in …

India

Sometimes Patients Simply Need Other Patients

When Jodie Ofosuhene learned she had breast cancer at age 29 in 2016, she got more than standard medical care. She was connected with Noel Peters, a former patient who serves as a mentor to new ones. “Noel helped me tremendously,” Ms. Ofosuhene said in an interview. “Every time I had a question …

Health Care

Patients With Chronic Pain Feel Caught In An Opioid Prescribing Debate

It started with a rolled ankle during a routine training exercise.<p>Shannon Hubbard never imagined it was the prologue to one of the most debilitating pain conditions known to exist, called ­­­­­­­complex regional pain syndrome.<p>It's a condition that causes the nervous system to go haywire, creating …

Prosthetics

The Peculiar Inequality of Singapore's Famed Public Housing

Most residents of the city-state live in tidy, subsidized highrises. Unless, of course, you happen to be one of the foreign workers who helped build them.<p>A typical drive through Singapore offers an almost continuous view of orderly and largely uniform highrise apartment buildings. Residents’ …

Housing

Why the elderly don’t retire in Japan and South Korea

Illustration: Liu Rui/GT<p>Both Japan and South Korea are developed economies. They are also both deeply influenced by Confucian culture and traditions. …

Demographics

Spy For Us — Or Never Speak To Your Family Again

China is using its huge digital surveillance system, and the threat of sending family members to reeducation camps, to pressure minorities to spy on their fellow exiles.<p>ISTANBUL — Spying on behalf of the Chinese state went against everything O. believed in.<p>Yet even as he sat thousands of miles away …

Surveillance

The Maps of Israeli Settlements That Shocked Barack Obama

One afternoon in the spring of 2015, a senior State Department official named Frank Lowenstein paged through a government briefing book and noticed a map that he had never seen before. Lowenstein was the Obama Administration’s special envoy on Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, a position that …

Israel

The darker side of living to 100

While the ageing of society has become one of the givens in today's world, less is made of the lived experience of the very elderly in society. And although there is some suggestion that the much trumpeted steady expansion of the human lifespan has begun to slow down, the numbers of very old people …

Health Care