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The Sense of an Ending

The New Yorker

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More than five million Americans have Alzheimer’s or similar illnesses, and that number is growing as the population ages - without any immediate prospect of a cure, advocacy groups have begun promoting ways to offer people with dementia a comfortable decline instead of imposing on them a medical...

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An Antidote to Overdose, in Time to Save Lives

The New York Times

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Naloxone could be the secret to curing New England's heroin consumption. Trying to expand access to the life-saving overdose antidote is the real obstacle.

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Intervention with a purpose combats underage drinking

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

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To combat high rates of teen alcohol use, Alaskan schools are introducing positive interventions, trying to help students rather than simply punish them.

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Poverty's Price: Child exposure to ‘toxic stress' a key link to behavior, learning problems

Fayetteville Observer

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A program in eastern North Carolina takes a proven, two-generation approach to lift struggling families out of dire circumstances.

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Crisis Text Line has counseled teens through nearly 2 million problems. Here's how this idea got its start.

TED Blog

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Crisis Text Line is a counseling system via text—a comfortable medium for teens. It allows counselors to ask for backup and collects data for research.

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Giving Where It Works

The New York Times

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Non-profit organizations and programs that seek to improve community or global life can have financial challenges even with donations. Investigative advocacy journalism has highlighted seven global programs that succeed in financial sustainability and demonstrate positive outcomes for the people ...

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New Phoenix team tackles recidivism of those with mental illness

The Arizona Republic

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Assertive community treatment teams working through of outreach-centered programs in Maricopa County, AZ have become an industry standard for treating those with persistent and severe mental illnesses, because they provide a long-term and comprehensive approach: aiming to halt a vicious cycle of ...

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Helping the Lame Walk, Without a Miracle

The New York Times

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People who have missing limbs can be found in the poorest of places, with their disability causing suffering and tremendous challenges to fend for daily life needs. The Jaipur Limb organization based in India has developed prostheses at low cost, and services are free for the poor. The organizati...

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Lessons From America's Safest Hospitals

AARP Magazine

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An estimated 6,000 "never events" — egregious errors like operations on the wrong limb or instruments left inside a surgical wound — occur every month among Medicare patients alone. Hospitals across the country are revamping their care programs to stop preventable injuries and deaths.

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Revealing a Health Care Secret: The Price

The New York Times

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An Oklahoma surgery center made news by posting its prices online – a revolutionary idea in an industry where consumers normally are buying blind. This is a big reason health care costs so much, but recent months have seen great advances in transparency.

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