Month: February 2018

100th Post Special: Episode 1 of the Health Conscious podcast – Cornell Radio

For our 100th post on Doodle the News (DtN), we’re happy to feature a conversation with Sean Nicholson on drug pricing for patients and health systems. Special thanks to Health Conscious for partnering with the DtN team to help kick off our transition to more audio and video content from users across the globe.   Health Conscious is an independent project produced by students at Cornell University’s Sloan Program in Health Administration. They created the show with the intention of informing students as well as the wider public about important topics in health care. They aim to bring insights from...

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Donald Trump on the importance of a strict federal gun background check system

After the unfortunate Florida mass shooting killing 17 people, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders came with a message from the White House, announcing Donald Trump’s game plan moving forward with U.S. gun reform. “While discussions are ongoing and revisions are being considered, the President is supportive of efforts to improve the Federal background check system,” Sanders told the press on Monday morning. From what we know, a proposed bill would invoke punitive measures to federal agencies that neglect to ensure all gun buyers are legit. Organizations that have a high success rate of compliance can potentially earn rewards from the...

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How Blue Planet II convinced BBC News to cease single-use plastic production by 2020

Media education is a compelling force, as it can truly influence entire organizations to make positive changes in line with the 17 Sustainable Developmental Goals. The British Broadcasting Corporation has been inspired by Blue Planet II to cease its use of single-use plastics by 2020. The news/media company accounts for at least 2 million plastic cups used annually by visitors and staff, and it has become evident that this must change. “Scrapping throwaway plastic cups and cutlery is the first step, and with our plan I hope we can have a BBC free of single-use plastic altogether,” Tony Hall, BBC...

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Soaps, paints, and cosmetics could be key cause of smog over fossil fuel emissions.

According to a study from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), household products such as soaps, paints, and other cosmetic items pose surprising threats to our indoor air quality. These unlikely pesticides have led scientists to reconsider the alleged primary cause of smog in the Los Angeles area, which was vehicle emissions. “Volatile chemical products used in common solvents and personal care products are literally designed to evaporate,” explained Jessica Gilman, co-author of the study published in Science. “You wear perfume or use scented products so that you or your neighbor can enjoy the aroma.” So next time you spray air...

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Specialist educational services in England on a severe decline

  Deaf children in England will face certain challenges when it comes to educational inclusion in academia. “I’m profoundly deaf, and know all too well the challenges of growing up without support,” Susan Daniels, the chief executive of the National Deaf Children’s Society told the Guardian. “It means struggling to communicate, falling behind at school, failing to achieve your...

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