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Study: People who felt their life was guided by meaningful values or goals were more willing to engage in COVID-19 protective behaviors

Why can some people weather the stress of social isolation better than others, and what implications does this have for their health? New research from the Communication Neuroscience Lab at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania found that people who felt a strong sense of purpose in life were less lonely […]

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NFPA emphasizes need to apply electrical safety practices at marinas during summer months

With the arrival of the July 4th holiday weekend, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reminds everyone about potential electrical hazards that exist aboard boats, on docks, and piers, and in waters surrounding boats, marinas, floating buildings, and launch ramps, and the need to put safety measures in place to reduce risk.   While most […]

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Darkened Windows Save Migrating Birds

Building lights are a deadly lure for the billions of birds that migrate at night, disrupting their natural navigation cues and leading to deadly collisions. But even if you can’t turn out all the lights in a building, darkening even some windows at night during bird migration periods could be a major lifesaver for birds. Research […]

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Manufactured Housing Loan Borrowers Face Higher Interest Rates, Risks, and Barriers to Credit, New CFPB Report Finds

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published a report that provides new insights into manufactured housing financing, a vital source of lending for millions of manufactured housing homeowners. Manufactured housing is a small segment of the overall housing supply, but it is one of the most affordable types of housing available […]

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Feinstein to Interior: Suspend Wild Horse, Burro Adoption Incentive Program

Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today called on the Interior Department to suspend its Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Incentive Program over reports that some program participants have abandoned animals at slaughter auctions in direct opposition to the program’s requirements.             “I write with great concern regarding the attached New York Times article, which indicates that […]

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180,000+ Petition Signers Urge Facebook: Don’t Create a Version of Instagram for Kids Under 13

More than 180,000 people have signed a series of petitions this month calling on Facebook to back down from its plan to create a version of Instagram specifically for children under age 13. The petition drive comes as Facebook faces a massive backlash of opposition to its plans in advance of the company’s annual shareholder […]

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World Health Organization Recommends Sodium Caps in Foods

Excess salt in our diets, particularly from packaged foods and restaurant meals, promotes hypertension, heart attack, and stroke, contributing to on the order of 50,000 to 100,000 deaths each year in the United States. The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 3 million deaths per year globally are attributable to excess sodium. Preventing these needless deaths should be considered an urgent priority for public […]

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Fear of losing employer-sponsored health insurance keeps 1 in 6 workers in jobs they might otherwise leave

WASHINGTON, DC, MAY 6, 2021 – One out of every six adult workers (16%) in the United States are staying in jobs they might otherwise leave out of fear of losing their employer-sponsored health insurance, according to a new West Health-Gallup survey of more than 3,800 U.S. adults. The survey finds the fear is even more pronounced […]

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COVID-19 conspiracy beliefs increased among users of conservative and social media

May 3, 2021 – Belief in conspiracies about the COVID-19 pandemic increased through the early months of the U.S. outbreak among people who reported being heavy users of conservative and social media, a study by Annenberg Public Policy Center researchers has found. Prior APPC research found that people who regularly used conservative or social media during the […]

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How to advance LGBT+ rights? Invest in stocks says tennis legend Martina Navratilova

LONDON, April 13, 2021 ( Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Tennis legend Martina Navratilova and the first openly gay U.S. Congressman Barney Frank have backed a new LGBT+ investment vehicle, as investors flock to ethically responsible funds. The two gay icons are on the board of LGBTQ Loyalty Holdings, a financial methodology and media company that […]

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U.S. History Scholars Urge School Districts to Teach Reconstruction Era

As the nation faces ongoing threats of white supremacist violence and voter suppression legislation, the Zinn Education Project released an open letter signed by more than 180 prominent scholars of U.S. history urging school districts to devote more time and resources to teaching the Reconstruction era in upper elementary, middle, and high school U.S. history and civics […]

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CDC Issues Updated Guidance on Travel for Fully Vaccinated People

April 2, 2021 – Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its travel guidance for fully vaccinated people to reflect the latest evidence and science. Given recent studies evaluating the real-world effects of vaccination, CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people can travel at low risk to themselves. A person is considered fully […]