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Morgantown Locals Protest Recent Immigration Policy External Link
The U.S. Department of Justice announced a “Zero Tolerance” policy in illegal immigration earlier this year , and that policy has recently come under scrutiny for news that children are being separated from their parents as they enter the United States across the Mexican border. A group, called “Mountaineers for Progress”, hosted a protest Monday evening against the policy.
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 20:43:22 +0000
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Study Finds Opioid Treatment Medications UnderutilizedExternal Link
A new study finds that medications used to treat opioid use disorder are greatly underutilized even though they’re proven to significantly reduce chances of opioid-related deaths . The study found that opioid overdose deaths decreased by nearly 60 percent in populations receiving methadone treatment and almost 40 percent for those receiving buprenorphine , compared to patients not receiving medication - assisted treatment. In other words, if someone struggling with addiction participates in a medication assisted treatment program, they’re a whole lot less likely to die from an overdose. T he study also found that only about one in three overdosed patients were provided with any medication -assisted treatment in the first year following that overdose. Also , within a year, more than a third of those people were subsequently prescribed one or more prescriptions for opioid painkillers. The study was conducted by the National Institutes of Health and published today in the Annals of
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 19:47:53 +0000
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Outside in Appalachia Part 2: Kids in the Park External Link
About ten years ago, the National Park Service noticed that fewer kids and families were using the parks. And they wanted to change that. So in 2009, they partnered with the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation to launch an initiative to help families unplug, get outside, and connect with their local natural resources. The initiative, called Kids in the Park, soon expanded to encompass pediatricians like Erin Regan who are trying to combat childhood obesity, diabetes and excess screen time by writing “scripts” for kids to go outside. “If I have a kid who is overweight, a kid who is spending a lot of time in front of the TV — we ask about screen time at every check up — I’ll make the offer,” said Regan. “We just have a placard up in our waiting room, and so anyone who is interested who notices that and who wants to participate can ask about it, and we’re happy to have them participate as well.” Regan has observed that kids aren’t moving nearly enough and they’re spending far too much time in
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 19:11:24 +0000
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Outside in Appalachia Part 1External Link
A little over a decade ago, a psychologist named Richard Louv coined the term “Nature Deficit Disorder,” meaning that human beings, especially children, are spending less time outdoors, to the detriment of their mental and physical health. It’s not an officially recognized medical disorder. But health professionals from various fields are embracing the idea that America’s shift toward sedentary, indoor lifestyles is harming our health. “Well, research has shown that people feel better, it improves our mood! Nature is a healer,” said Scott Geller, a professor of psychology at Virginia Tech. For the last 50 years he’s been studying how psychology and the environment interact. “It’s been shown clearly that nature, that the environment, increases subjective well-being. Now, if we’re stuck behind the television, indoors and we’re sitting on that couch­ — couch potatoes — we’re missing opportunities to get up and moving. And, of course, there’s a health benefit to moving, and the environment
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:13:46 +0000
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Coal Ash Uncovered: Polluted Groundwater Found At 14 Kentucky SitesExternal Link
For decades, Kentucky’s own coal stoked the fires that generated most of its electricity. And while some of those power plants have shut down or switched to natural gas, their legacy remains today in the leftover coal ash that’s stored all over the commonwealth. Now, new data show the coal ash buried in landfills and submerged in ponds at many of these sites has contaminated local groundwater. This new look at coal ash pollution comes from the power plants themselves; they were recently required to make public a first round of groundwater monitoring reports under new federal rules. A WFPL News and Ohio Valley ReSource analysis found contaminated groundwater at 14 Kentucky power plants. That’s every power plant covered under the new federal rules. Those pollutants include known carcinogens like arsenic and radium. Seven of the 14 sites covered under the EPA rules exceeded federal drinking water standards for arsenic. Tests at three sites showed radium levels above drinking water
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 13:53:41 +0000
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