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Citing a Broad Risk of Terror Attacks, State Has Issued a 'Worldwide Travel Alert'

November 24, 2015 In a sweeping advisory, the United States told its citizens to “exercise vigilance” when traveling anywhere in the world because terrorist groups continue to plan attacks in multiple locations. The worldwide travel alert recommended “particular caution during the holiday season and at holiday festivals or events,” an ominous warning that...

Here's How Much Sexism Costs Economies Around the Globe

August 26, 2015 When women suffer from sexism, so too does the entire economy. That’s the crux of a new paper by economists (pdf) David Cuberes (Clark University) and Marc Teignier (Universitat de Barcelona), which quantifies the economic loss caused by the limited involvement of women in professional fields, especially among entrepreneurs and...

The First Openly Transgender White House Staffer Was Just Appointed

August 19, 2015 Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, a transgender woman of color, is the White House’s newest employee. And while the Obama administration has several transgender staffers, she is the first to work directly for the president. In an email statement to the Washington Post, the White House said Freedman-Gurspan, 28, has been appointed outreach...

The FDA is Cracking Down on Kim Kardashian’s Instagram Pharmaceutical Promotion

August 12, 2015 Kim Kardashian is pregnant with her second child, and in her typical fashion she has been sharing updates about her condition through social media. Last month, the reality television star posted a picture of herself holding a bottle of Diclegis, a medication used to treat morning sickness: “As you guys...

Silicon Valley Startup Wants to Make Breast Cancer-Gene Testing Affordable to All Americans

April 22, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow BRCA1 and BRCA2 are arguably the best-known human genes because their mutations are linked to an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer. When Angelina Jolie revealed in a New York Times op-ed that she’d tested positive for the mutation and decided to undergo a double mastectomy, she also noted...

Here Are the Places Where the US Has a Military Presence

April 5, 2015 On Mar. 24, US president Barack Obama announced that all 9,800 US troops currently stationed in Afghanistan will remain until the end of 2015. This generated a fair amount of criticism: it was, after all, Obama’s promise that the last American troop would leave the country in 2014. How have...

We’re Closer Than Ever to an Ebola Vaccine

March 26, 2015 The ongoing Ebola epidemic in West Africa, which has killed over 10,000 and is still ongoing—79 new cases were reported this week. Its persistence has resulted in a push for researching new treatments and the involvement of big pharmaceutical companies, which had previously been accused of delaying the research on...

Seventeen Years Later, Monica Lewinsky Has Taken on the Culture of Humiliation — and Won

March 21, 2015 “I was branded as a tramp, tart, slut, whore, bimbo, and of course, That Woman,” said Monica Lewinsky, self-proclaimed patient zero of online harassment and cyber bullying, on the stage of the TED global conference, “Truth & Dare.” It was a tough bit of branding to live through as a...

Clinton’s Email Upstaged Her Big Speech on Women’s Rights

March 11, 2015 In 1995, Hillary Clinton joined world leaders in Beijing for a United Nations conference on women. She delivered a powerful speech , calling for action toward achieving gender equality. As long as discrimination and inequities remain so commonplace around the world—as long as girls and women are valued less, fed...

How Ebola Turned Into an Epidemic

October 1, 2014 “It is not enough that 90 percent have access to some basic health service, every person has to have access to health service,” explains world renowned public health expert Hans Rosling . In a 90 second video, part of a YouTube series on health statistics called #Factpod, he explains very...