Johanna Mendelson Forman, American University School of International Service Latin America’s economy has grown enormously over the past two decades. However, unemployment in the region still hovers at 8 percent, double that of the United States. Youth joblessness is even higher – almost 15 percent among Latin Americans under the age...
Joya Misra, University of Massachusetts Amherst Women without kids have earned more than employed mothers for decades or longer. But differences between these two kinds of workers, in terms of the education under their belts and the job experience on their resumes, are diminishing. This manifestation of inequality is becoming a...
Sarah Jane Tribble, Kaiser Health News Even though the $550 yellow pills sold as Korlym have a controversial origin as the abortion pill, Leslie Edwin says they “gave me life.” The 40-year-old Georgia resident lives with Cushing’s syndrome, a potentially deadly condition that causes high levels of the hormone cortisol to...
By Mark Olalde, Climate Home News A US federal agency has asked Congress to consider banning coal mine “self-bonding”, a controversial practice that can leave taxpayers paying to clean up disused sites. The recommendation came in a report published on Thursday by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO). It is a high-profile attack on self-bonds, which allow companies...
Liz Szabo, Kaiser Health News The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention detected more than 220 cases last year of a rare breed of “nightmare bacteria” that are virtually untreatable and capable of spreading genes that make them impervious to most antibiotics, according to a report released Tuesday. Although the CDC...
By Diego Arguedas Ortiz, Climate Home News Facing his supporters after being elected as Costa Rica’s next president, 38-year old Carlos Alvarado Quesada vowed to decarbonise the economy of the small Central American nation and uphold its green tradition. A centre-left former cabinet minister from the governing party, Alvarado Quesada promised...
Sarah Varney, Kaiser Health News SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Straddled across Ausberto Maldonado’s backyard in Bayamon, a suburb of San Juan, is a nagging reminder of Hurricane Maria’s destructive power. “See, that tree broke off that branch, which is as thick as a tree — and now it’s in my...
By Rodrigo de Oliveira Andrade Only 40 per cent of the “original extent” of tropical dry forests remains intact in Latin America, according to a 13-year-monitoring project. The rest have been irretrievably lost, mainly due to deforestation for pastureland, according to estimates by scientists from Tropi-Dry, a research network sponsored...
Jake Harper, Side Effects Public Media In a refrigerator in the coroner’s office in Marion County, Ind., rows of vials await testing. They contain blood, urine and vitreous, the fluid collected from inside a human eye. In overdose cases, the fluids may contain clues for investigators. “We send that off to a...
Martha Bebinger, WBUR Mady Ohlman was 22 on the evening some years ago when she stood in a friend’s bathroom looking down at the sink. “I had set up a bunch of needles filled with heroin because I wanted to just do them back-to-back-to-back,” Ohlman recalled. She doesn’t remember how many...

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