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Virtual Reality Helps Veterans Battling Post Traumatic Stress
Struggling emotionally, Sergeant Chris Merkle turned to simulation therapy to combat PTSD.
For Gay Men, the Battle Against HIV Is Far From Over
The virus that causes AIDS continues to disproportionately affect gay men despite a decline in diagnoses.
3 Ways Technology Empowers 21st Century Learners
In the hands of innovative teachers, technology introduces students to new people, opportunities and ideas.
Blood Safety As a Basis for Strengthening Africa
Among other threats, citizens of Africa face a daily struggle for access to safe blood. The only exceptions are South Africa and Namibia.
Religious Rejection and the Crisis of LGBTQ Youth Homelessness
In 2016 we saw a tremendous surge in the number of young people needing help. Across the nation, providers caring for homeless LGBTQ youths reported increased need.
Cloud and Mobile Tech Allow Small Businesses to Stand Out
From your favorite coffee shop to the local hardware store, handheld and wireless devices are leveling the playing field, enabling small businesses to grow their customer base.
How a Military Family Found Their New Normal
The sacrifices involved in military service go beyond the front lines. Here’s a story of how one family adapted to overcome issues at home.
Challenges to Empower LGBTQ Entrepreneurs Remain
Of the many issues that affect the LGBTQ community, one that is often overlooked is the economic concerns of being a small business owner.
Inside the Life-Altering Struggle of Patients with Medical Debt
When Shelby Adams told a debt collector she couldn’t afford the debt for her cancer treatments, the reply came. “I’m glad you got cancer,” he said, before hanging up.
Media Matters: Keeping HIV in the Present Tense
There has been significant progress in both prevention and treatment for people living with HIV and AIDS, but public understanding of the disease still lags greatly.
Bullying Impacts Long-Term Mental Health More Than Child Abuse
A recent study shows children who are bullied by other kids have long-term mental health problems compared to children who are abused by adults.
Fewer Prisoners, Less Crime? The Data Might Surprise You
What researchers have discovered about the link between incarceration time and crime rates might surprise you.
3 Ways to Form a Safe, Proper Response to Sudden Danger
Millions of Americans are affected by manmade and natural disasters every year. Here is a guide of what to know, what to have and what to do in emergency situations.
How to Find an LGBTQ-Affirming Health Care Provider
Despite landmark protections provided by the Affordable Care Act, LGBTQ people still face widespread health care discrimination. Learn your rights and find LGBTQ-affirming care.
Answers to HIV: A Work In Progress
Eradicating AIDS entirely will call for a reinvigorated exploration into the mechanisms of the virus—and answering the right questions.
Sustainable Packaging: Opening up a New World
Whatever’s inside, the packaging that brings it to your home is but a fraction of the larger carbon footprint.
New Study Shows Major Environmental Impact of Meat Consumption
Americans eat more meat than anyone in the world. However, meat has a more damaging impact on the environment than any other food we consume.
Who the Cadillac Tax Truly Threatens
Although over 175 million Americans obtain health coverage from employer-sponsored plans, many people have never heard of one particular provision of law that threatens the viability of that coverage.
6 Major Causes of Injury We Can Limit Today
As an emergency physician, I’ve witnessed firsthand the impact of injuries on the lives of my patients and their families. The physical, emotional, mental and financial toll is devastating.
When Service Ends, the Mission to Find a New Purpose Begins
Three recently transitioninged service members recently set out on a journey to explore life and career opportunities after their military service.
How Empathy Helped Heal a Wounded Warrior
The traumas of war can feel very isolating. For one wounded warrior, finding out he wasn’t alone was the key to recovery.
4 Ways Pharmacy Benefit Managers Make Life Easier for Patients
In this era of high drug prices and expensive specialty medicines, the role of pharmacy benefit managers has never been more important.
Turning to Tech to Answer Our Spiking Health Care Costs
Go past the tipping point of today’s health care ills for a moment, and consider how technology might play a role in its cure.
Patients Embrace a New Role As We Redefine Health Care
In the push to make health care affordable, making it more intuitive or easier to put into practice has been somewhat overlooked. Trying to find your place in our health care system? Start here.
How Accountable Care Organizations Improve Health Care for Patients
In a recent study from the American Medical Association, accountable care organizations that treat Medicare beneficiaries on average are able to save an estimated $136 per patient annually.
HIV Patients Don’t Have to Suffer for Their ART
Today’s answer to HIV isn’t just effective—it’s well-tolerated, allowing people with HIV to live full, healthy lives.
Urgent Care Offers Patients a Convenient, Affordable ER-Alternative
By delivering affordable, convenient services, urgent care bridges the gap between primary care and emergency services to create a complete continuum of care.
Will Your Pet Survive a Natural Disaster?
ASPCA response expert Dr. Dick Green shares tips on how to keep your furry friends safe when disaster strikes.
Ending the Epidemic: Imagining an AIDS-Free Future
The next five years present a key opportunity to streamline our response and save over 20 million AIDS-related deaths. Ending the epidemic by 2030 is possible if we commit to sustainable goals.
American Farming and the New Meaning of Efficiency
Food demands continue to increase while the population of farmers shrinks; the landscape of agricultural work is changing radically.
New Climate Initiatives Have Investors Seeing Green
Investors no longer need to choose between improving the environment and a strong return on investment. Today, with renewable energy, you can do both.
Experts Discuss a Prescription for Health and Behavioral Health Integration
Four leading minds from the health care sphere believe better health care access can be realized today — maybe even perfected tomorrow.
Price Transparency Gives Employers and Insurers Control Over Health Costs
Health care shopping tools for consumers can help save money, but price transparency alone will not fix our nation’s health care system.
5 Ways to Protect Your Small Business Against Disaster
Graphic images of destruction and loss tell us the short story of a major disaster. But the longer story of disaster recovery is an economic one, and it starts with small business readiness.
The Red Cross Shares Its Top 5 Natural Disaster Tips
When it comes to effectively responding to natural disasters, preparation is key. And with such regional weather differences in the United States, checking all the boxes can seem daunting.
Know the Basics of Disaster Preparedness
A little planning before disaster strikes could keep you safe—and first responders devoting time and energy only to unavoidable emergencies.
Preparing Business for a Natural Disaster Isn’t Just a Data Issue
Some leaders realize the importance of protecting data from loss and theft, but many businesses continue to overlook the need to protect physical assets and operations.
Polar Bears Aren’t Left Handed (and 9 Other Things You Didn’t Know)
Help celebrate the king of the Arctic on Polar Bear Day, February 27, with these fun facts.
Upgrading an Outdated Approach to Sustainability
Sustainability programs began by “doing less bad.” Companies set to thrive in today’s age of climate disruption, however, recognize business as a force for good.
Keeping Businesses and Homes Safe from Disaster
When it comes to natural disaster we’re pushed to protect only what’s most essential, and close to our hearts.
Seeing Climate Change as a Mutual Investment
There is no 'silver bullet' solution to climate change. Taking steps to make a difference today is key. Taking these steps together is crucial.
PrEPing Communities to Curb the Spread of HIV
Today we have more ways to prevent HIV than ever before. Yet, too many Americans continue to be diagnosed with HIV, and those at risk still don’t know about prevention options available to them.
How One Woman Got a Second Chance at Parenthood
One story of love and hope begins with an unexpected discovery, followed by years of a couple coming together to overcome fear, stigma and discrimination.
Providing a Pathway to Social Justice for the Voiceless
We’ve crossed a threshold where a majority, 51 percent, of public school students now lives in poverty.
A Greener Footprint: How Carbon Offsets Work
Whether you're biking to work or home boiling a cup of tea, your actions are continuously impacting climate change—for better or worse.
Oprah’s Mission to Empower Women and Girls in South Africa
A woman who needs no introduction on a topic too few have ever heard of.
Mismanaged Goodwill Can Become a Disaster Within a Disaster
The environment after a disaster is too often too hectic for organizations to implement strategies without extensive preparation.
Can Enterprise Giant Richard Branson Be the Face of Green Living?
From renewable fuels to solar power, the Virgin CEO shares his vision for a greener future.
A Deeper Understanding of Bystander Intervention
From a packed concert hall to a dark crowded dive bar, bystander Intervention is a social science model that predicts that most people are unlikely to help others in certain situations.
Orlando Bloom Meets Syria's Refugee Children
Award-winning actor and UNICEF ambassador Orlando Bloom opens up about his mission to ensure every child is happy, healthy and educated.
Renewing America: How Can Biotechnology Benefit You?
Biotechnology generates a wide range of economic and environmental benefits, including creating jobs, reducing pollution and lowering the price we pay for gas and energy.
A Pathway to Progress: Taking Action on Climate Change
Although there are still some uncertainties, it is widely recognized that global climate change is one of the most serious threats to the environment.
Access to Electricity Still Insufficient in Developing World
Mediaplanet sat down with Marco Signorini, Solarway CEO to discuss why electricity is particularly crucial to human development in developing countries.
Abusive Relationships: 6 Red Flags
It can be difficult to predict that a partner is likely to become abusive, but there are some red flags that signal impending abuse.
Is Deforestation the Root of Our Climate Concerns?
As we approach the world’s 21st year of international climate change negotiations, it has never been more critical to halt forest loss.
Zero Tolerance: Help Stop Violence Now
Violence undermines everyone’s well-being. The good news? It’s preventable.
Addressing Mental Illness Before Stage 4
Over 450 million people worldwide have a mental health problem — more than 1 in every 16.
Curing Violence Starts at the Community Level
David* was a model eighth-grader. He had exemplary grades, a near perfect attendance record and scored well on all his state exams.
From Los Angeles to New Orleans: A Collaborative Effort to End Violence
Violence undermines the community experience and is a terrible burden on young people, families, and neighborhoods.
Building a Culture of Kindness and Respect Online and Off
Research shows that one of the most effective ways to prevent and eliminate bullying is to engage entire school communities in building a culture of kindness and respect.
Ethanol: The Biofuel You’re Already Using
The use of ethanol as an alternative fuel has increased steadily, translating to savings at the pump.
Taking More Than a Month to Appreciate Military Families
November is filled with events honoring our veterans and a prime time to reinvigorate our commitment to supporting those who serve our nation.
How to Help Survivors of Violence Feel Empowered Online
In the past few months, the media has been in full swing over the hacking of many female celebrity intimate photos.
This Veterans Day, We Change the Conversation
Whether you were deployed in 1940 or 2015, the obstacles of reintegration are ageless. From negative stereotypes to deeper misconceptions, thousands of men and women have faced staggering barriers when transitioning to civilian life.
How to Modernize Africa Without Compromising the Environment
Mention Africa to the average American on the street, and he or she might think of starving children, drought, war and strife. But this mental picture is incorrect.
From Disability to Purpose: Educating Our Wounded Warriors
In many ways, people with disabilities are treated as an afterthought in college. For veterans, returning to school with disabilities presents its own blend of challenges.
Positive Action: Understanding AIDS
Tackling the AIDS epidemic is one of the Millennium Development Goals. Reversing the spread of AIDS in Latin America will rely greatly on reaching out to marginalized groups.
Women of the World are Setting Their Sights on Success
Latin America and the Caribbean galvanize efforts to meet UN Millennium Development Goals by 2015.
Building Economies By Inspiring Women To Participate In Business
Every week, in homes, churches and halls throughout the developing world, women who participate in a microfinance support group organized by an in ternational microfinance organization come together to support one another and guarantee each other’s loans.
Words of Encouragement from One Veteran to Another
Marcus Luttrel, U.S. Veteran, Navy SEAL and inspiration for the film “Lone Survivor,” shares advice to other veterans andf opens up about his journey back to home soil.
Facing the Horror of Haiyan
When the cameras leave, the continuation of American engagement becomes increasingly necessary.
The Best Rewards from a Culture of Helping Others
Village savings and loan programs are producing a ripple effect, especially among women.
Women are Key to Sustainable Change in Developing World
Research shows that when a woman is able to contribute to her family’s income, the majority of her earnings go toward creating a better future for herself and her children.
Solar Energy: Shining Brighter than Ever
This year, the United States will install an estimated 7.4 gigawatts (GW) of solar — a 42 percent increase over 2013 — making it the best year ever for solar installations in America.
Saluting More Students: Opening Education to Our Troops
With the internet opening opportunity to more and more students, our service men and women have never had a better platform for higher learning. Often enough, knowing where and how to look is half the battle.
Sexual Violence Against Girls Is Root to Teenage Pregnancy
Together for Girls is a partnership to address sexual violence against girls and bring awareness to other international communities.
The Rise of Online Military Education
The military has always been a great opportunity for advancement. Over the past few years, educational options while on active duty have grown exponentially.
LED: Lighting the Way to a Waste-Free Future
Nearly 70 percent of light bulb sockets in the U.S. still contain an inefficient bulb—but that is all about to change.
Going Back to School after the Military
Finding a school that provides the best value for military members and veterans can be a daunting task.
From the Warzone to the Classroom
Three students talk about transitioning back into civilian life and hitting the books after deployment.
A New Chapter: Going Back to School After Transitioning
While for many, the idea of retirement conjures up visions of poolside piña coladas in Bora Bora or tooling around in a golf cart in Florida, talk to retired Army Command Sergeant Major William Joe Gainey, and you get the sense that maybe that’s just not his style.
Leaders in the LGBTQ Community Share Insight and Best Practices
From Major League Baseball, to news and media, to economics, a diverse panel of experts reflect on decades of progress and useful ideas for continuing that momentum.
Panel of Experts Discuss Mobile Technology's Integration
Is technology actually improving health care? Two insiders weigh the progress afforded by mobile and telehealth, as well as the stigma that tech tends to carry with it in the medical sphere.
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