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Air Quality Standards Have Room to Improve

Despite laws that have improved air quality and lowered emissions, “acceptable” air quality standards still expose Americans to levels of pollution that can be lethal.

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Paternal Imprisonment

Incarceration disrupts the wellbeing of families and communities. A comprehensive review in the Lancet documents how imprisonment has a disproportionate impact on black communities.

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Social Capital and Natural Disasters

Social capital can improve mental health after disaster strikes. Strong social networks helped the elderly cope with housing damage in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, per research in the Lancet.

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The Stress of the Nation

Regardless of age, a majority of Americans surveyed feel that this is the lowest point in the nation’s history. Worries about the future are the biggest source of stress.

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Working Longer in Worse Health

Americans are working longer to be eligible for Social Security benefits but a recent study in Health Affairs show delayed retirement is linked to worse health.

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Attention: Alcohol Deaths Still Rising

Alcohol death rates are at a 35-year high. Alcohol’s wide acceptance and stark increase in death rates requires national attention.

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Global Disruption of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

The World Health Organization has sounded the global alarm calling attention to the threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Given the ease of global travel, AMR bacteria can easily spread intercontinentally.

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Health Insurance Reduces Poverty

A recent Health Affairs article pioneers a new way to gauge the impact of health insurance on poverty by taking health into account.

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Home-Based Upgrades for the Elderly

An innovative program, Community Aging in Place, Advancing Better Living for Elders (CAPABLE) helps the elderly overcome individual or environmental limitations so they can remain in their homes and communities.

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