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An Antidote to Overdose, in Time to Save Lives

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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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Beyond Baby Mozart, Students Who Rock

The New York Times

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Why do schools teach music in a way that turns off so many young people rather than igniting their imagination? A program that taps into students’ passion for pop and rock is revitalizing music education in many schools.

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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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For Teenage Smokers, Removing the Allure of the Pack

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Adolescent smoking remains a challenging health problem because of the allure of cigarette branding. Australia is piloting the transformation of cigarette packaging with a generic look that reduces the appeal of smoking. In Florida, the Truth campaign has exposed that cigarette companies targete...

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Making a Medicine as Easy to Find as a Can of Coke

The New York Times

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A project to take advantage of Coca-Cola’s famous global reach designed a kit of basic medicines that fit in between Coke bottles. But it turned out that what it needed to be copying wasn’t Coke’s package delivery, but it’s investment in the people in its supply chain.

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Malaria Prevention, With Both Reward and Risk

The New York Times

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Malaria can be cured with a pill, yet it claims about 1,700 lives each day — mainly children in sub-Saharan Africa who don’t take medicine within a week of falling sick. After a decade of clinical trials demonstrated that preventive measures reduce malaria cases by 75 percent, medical authorities...

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On AIDS: Three Lessons From Africa

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How three African countries are successfully using comprehensive, community-based approaches and strategies to reduce or eliminate the transmission of HIV through treatment and education, surpassing many developed countries in reducing cases.

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Moving Forward in Tough Times

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A look at more than 30 social initiatives covered by Fixes in 2012 shows that working to improve and save lives is still a growth industry.

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How to fix the EPA's broken civil-rights office

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The Environmental Protection Agency Office of Civil Rights has dismissed many complaints from social minorities who experience environmental disturbances that threaten their daily life or property value. An investigative journalist has interviewed different experts for their opinions on how the ...

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Indian authorities are out in force to enforce use of toilets

Global Post

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The Indian government is attempting to stop the way in which people openly defecate in public by providing households with toilets. The real key is education about hygiene so the people understand why proper toilets are necessary to clean drinking water and public health.

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