Tag Archives: Economic

Stroke, Heart Attack Risk Tied to Smokeless-Tobacco Use

More than 5 percent of all strokes and heart attacks in Sweden are associated with smokeless-tobacco use, according to a research review that confirmed a small but firm association between use of such products and disease. HealthDay News reported Aug. …

U.S. Currency Contaminated with Cocaine

The vast majority of U.S. paper money in circulation contains traces of cocaine, a new study finds. CNN reported Aug. 18 that researchers found that 90 percent of $1, $5, $10, $20 and $50 bills tested had detectable cocaine residue. …

Moderate Beer Drinking Could Improve Bone Health Among Women

A study of 1,700 women concluded that those who drank moderate amounts of beer had stronger bones than nondrinkers, although researchers said it might be the plant hormones in the beer at work, not the alcohol. The BBC reported Aug. …

Alcoholism Among Pre-Teens Often Unnoticed, Untreated

Most alcoholics start drinking during their teen years, but the disease can also strike those who begin using alcohol at a younger age — and the problem often goes unrecognized, experts say. The San Francisco Chronicle reported July 16 that …

States Exploring Drug Courts, Other Affordable Alternatives to Prison

More than 25 states as well as Washington, D.C., are exploring alternative-sentencing methods and revamping probation and parole programs to cut the rising cost of keeping inmates in prison, the Washington Post reported July 13. Governors and legislatures are particularly …

S.C. Judge Rules Underage Alcohol Law Illegal

A South Carolina county court ruled that the state’s law barring those under 21 from possessing or drinking alcohol is unconstitutional, WIS reported July 14. Judge Mel Maurer of Richland County ruled in favor of a 20-year-old who was ticketed for …

Health Funds Going to Right Places

Low-income and minority communities receive two-thirds of all health grants made in the U.S., suggesting that much of the money is going where it is needed most, according to a new report from The Philanthropic Collaborative. PNN Online reported June …

Canadian Bars Require ID Swipes, Create Blacklist

Some bars in Victoria, British Columbia are requiring patrons to swipe their ID cards, then using the data collected to compile and enforce a blacklist of customers who previously have been involved in fights, been kicked out of other bars, …

FDA Issues Suicide Warnings on Chantix, Zyban

Patients taking the stop-smoking drugs Chantix and Zyban/Wellbutrin should be closely monitored for symptoms of serious mental illness that could lead to the risk of suicide, according to a new directive from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The …

Companies, Community Foundations Increased Giving in 2008

Both U.S. corporations and community foundations increased their giving to nonprofits in 2008 despite a worsening economy, although the trend may not continue, experts say. The Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy said its annual survey of leading U.S. companies (PDF) found …