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Ideas Help No One on a Shelf. Take Them to the World.

The New York Times

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Distributing, promoting and lending continuing support to good ideas for fixing the world’s woes is as critical a task as thinking them up in the first place.

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How Uganda Came To Earn High Marks For Quality Of Death

NPR

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Uganda has the best quality of death among low-income countries, according to the Economic Intelligence Unit. Its success stems in part from the strictly regulated but available supply of morphine, which is distributed by pharmacists in labeled bottles.

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The Fight Against Fake Drugs

The New York Times

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In many poor countries, counterfeit medicines are an enormous problem. A quarter-million malaria deaths each year might be prevented if the patients were treated with real drugs instead of fake ones.

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Progress in Alaska promising, experts say

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

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Alaska has come a long way in reducing underage drinking in the past two decades by introducing restorative justice and other programs. Self-reported numbers have declined, as have referrals into the juvenile justice system.

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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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For Many, a Life-Saving Drug Out of Reach

The New York Times

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drug overdoses are the leading cause of injury-related mortality. Naxolone, a drug used to revive overdose victims, is only available by prescription. However, private organizations have distributed Naxolone kits nationally, showing tha...

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Germany is the first European country to free Syrian refugees from a draconian bureaucratic “trap”

Quartz

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Since 2003, the Dublin Protocol has stopped migrants from traveling through Europe to auspicious countries before claiming asylum. However, many migrants travel by sea—which is more perilous and has led to high rates of death. Germany is the first country European country to break from the Dublin...

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