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A Housecall to Help With Doctor's Orders

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The health problems of millions of Americans are directly related to patients' failure to follow doctors’ orders. Community health workers are increasingly successful in New York and other American cities – not to substitute for doctors, but to help patients stick to their treatment plans.

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An Enlightened Exchange in Iran

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Two columns on how Iran averted a major AIDS epidemic through needle exchange programs; a conservative theocracy is successfully treating drug abuse as if it were Amsterdam.

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A Trade Barrier to Defeating AIDS

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One-pill-a-day generic AIDS drugs for poor countries are hard to make because each ingredient is patented by a different pharmaceutical company. The Patent Pool provides a way for companies to donate their intellectual property safely.

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Fighting Depression, One Village at a Time

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In many nations with highly traumatized people, psychologists and psychiatrists are absent. Different programs in various nations are training ordinary people and creating community groups to effectively satisfy the mental health needs of their community.

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For Teens in Crisis, the Next Text Could Be a Lifesaver

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With pressures of depression, anxiety, and suicide on the rise, teenagers in the United States are challenged to find the comfortable outlet and accessibility for emotional support. The Crisis Text Line offers a counseling service through mobile texting, which reduces the shame that can occur wh...

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For Veterans, a Surge of New Treatments for Trauma

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Post-traumatic stress has triggered dire consequences for U.S. veterans, including an increase in suicide, and not all therapeutic treatments for the disorder have succeeded. To treat and potentially cure the effects of PTSD, the Center for Mind-Body Awareness offers veterans Buddhist-inspired me...

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For Weight Loss, a Recipe of Teamwork and Trust

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Weight-loss is difficult to maintain, individually and even in small support groups. In support groups, different structures are required to hold team participants accountable for continued progress, including tough-love, discipline, and financial incentives.

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Getting to Zero': Are We Close to a Cure for AIDS?

Pacific Standard

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For decades, AIDS has taken the lives of millions of people and infected millions more worldwide. The key to reducing the effect of AIDS, and even potentially curing it, involves treating patients as early as possible after being diagnosed with HIV, before the disease damages organs. San Francisc...

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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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Doing Good by Default

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Forms that ask people to opt-in or opt-out can swing enrollment in programs such as organ donation and retirement savings accounts with a default choice that reflects the statistically more popular option. It could be an easy, cheap and effective way to nudge people to make choices that are bette...

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