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Global Risks Report 2023

World Economic Forum: Cost of living dominates global risks in the next two years while climate action failure dominates the next decade. “As 2023 begins, the world is facing a set of risks that feel both wholly new and eerily familiar. We have seen a return of “older” risks – inflation, cost-of-living crises, trade wars,… Continue Reading

How to safely dispose of old medications, according to experts

Washington Post – “Unneeded prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs can be dangerous to humans, pets and the environment — but getting rid of them responsibly isn’t as simple as tossing them in the trash. If you have expired painkillers accumulating in your medicine cabinet, you’re not alone. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, studies have found… Continue Reading

Moderna CEO: 400% price hike on COVID vaccine “consistent with the value”

Ars Technica: “Moderna is considering raising the price of its COVID-19 vaccine by over 400 percent—from $26 per dose to between $110 and $130 per dose—according to a report by The Wall Street Journal [Moderna Considers Price of $110-$130 for Covid-19 Vaccine Commercial price is similar to Pfizer’s plans for after government contracting ends.] Ars… Continue Reading

The Style Guide for America’s Highways: The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices

Beautiful Public Data: “Driving across America today, you will encounter a dizzying variety of cultures, landscapes, people and animals. But the one consistent thing that will stay the same from Maine to California are the signs you pass on the highway. And that is because America’s roads and highways have a big, fat style guide.… Continue Reading

Going Grey and Facing Age Discrimination: Moving Towards an International Treaty on the Rights of Older Persons

Via LLRX – Going Grey and Facing Age Discrimination: Moving Towards an International Treaty on the Rights of Older Persons – For more than two decades attorney Catherine Morris has conducted research, education, and advocacy in the field of international human rights. Her article illuminates an issue that impacts vast numbers of people regardless of… Continue Reading

FDA to permit some retail pharmacies to dispense abortion pills

Washington Post: “The Food and Drug Administration took steps on Tuesday to ease access to medication abortion in states where it is legal, allowing retail pharmacies to dispense the pills, which were previously available only at clinics, directly from doctors or by mail. The regulatory change, which was released with little fanfare or explanation Tuesday… Continue Reading

A Valuable COVID Drug Doesn’t Work against New Variants

Scientific American – “Current monoclonal antibodies fail against COVID virus variants, so drugmakers want to use a fast-track test for new ones…In an e-mail to Scientific American, an FDA spokesperson said the agency is concerned as well, and it will work with drug companies on expedited development of preventive therapies for immunosuppressed patients. But the… Continue Reading

How to Maintain Mental Hygiene as an Open Source Researcher

Giancarlo Fiorella’s Report – “Bellingcat has been overwhelmed with messages from concerned people around the world who want to help us identify and analyse images of potential war crimes taking place in Ukraine. While this increased interest in open source research is encouraging, it comes with costs of which new researchers may not be aware.… Continue Reading

US Postal Service can continue to deliver prescription abortion medication

Reuters: “The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) can continue to deliver prescription abortion medication despite a June 2022 Supreme Court ruling that overturned a landmark abortion rights decision, the Justice Department said on Tuesday. The department’s Office of Legal Counsel said in an opinion sought by USPS that the mailing of mifepristone and misoprostol, commonly used… Continue Reading