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The effects of a changing climate on health range from heat exposure, a worsening of chronic conditions because of air pollution, food insecurity, infectious diseases from ticks and insects, and more.
As companies face more political pressure to help battle homelessness and the housing shortage in tech-heavy areas, Microsoft has pledged $225 million in loans for middle-income housing, $250 million in loans for low-income housing and $25 million in grants for homelessness solutions.
Advocates say the first-in-the-nation legislation will offer economic empowerment to people who can’t afford to cook in a professional kitchen. But there are restrictions that come with the measure.
“The FDA made it really clear that the responsibility for food safety lies with the companies,” said Catherine Donnelly, a professor at the University of Vermont. “They just have responsibility for oversight and determining whether there are violations.” But other experts say that especially pregnant women or children with an immune deficiency might want to avoid taking any risks.
Healthful food is a “real tool to keep people stable, keep people housed, help people thrive and to be able to reintegrate into the community,” said Jack Lahey, director of resident programs and part of the Skid Row Housing Trust’s food insecurity task force.
The sticker price, though, is quite steep at $8,000 for a liter. UC Berkeley researchers have described the procedure as “dangerous,” because transfusions always carry with them a high probability of risk.
The legislation touches on oversight of rehab facilities, an opioid database, curbing prescriptions, increasing naloxone access and more.
Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, has drawn blame for its role in igniting the opioid crisis in the country. Now new documents show how the family that owns the company was involved with the decisions to aggressively push opioids on to patients in the years leading up to the epidemic, even though Purdue seeks to portray the family members as removed from day-to-day operations.
Native American tribes are facing food and drug shortages as the shutdown stretches on. The tribes are hit harder than others because they rely on federal funding for many of their basic services. In other news, the FDA has restarted some food inspections, and lettuce farmers are anxious to have the agency back on the job for growing season.
Opponents of the union say it has failed to fulfill pay raise promises. “What the union was telling us was lies,” says surgical buyer Andrew Brown, who has been fighting to dissolve the union.