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  • World Health Organization now recommends that everyone diagnosed with HIV be offered antiretroviral drugs as soon as possible
  • Expands # of people eligible for antiretroviral treatment "from 28 million globally to all of the 37 million people who live with HIV"
  • Also states that antiretrovirals be provided to people at "substantial" risk of HIV infection as a preventative measure
  • New study: "People today who eat and exercise the same amount as people 20 years ago are still fatter"
  • Potential explanations: 1) exposure to weight gain inducing chemicals 2) prescription drugs 3) change in micro biomes
  • Americans are also eating more meat (with growth inducing hormones and antibiotics) than they were a few decades ago
  • New research shows that "many cases of depression are caused by an allergic reaction to inflammation"
  • Adding anti-inflammatory medicines to antidepressants improves symptoms and ↑ "the proportion of people who respond to treatment"
  • Inflammation caused by obesity, high sugar, high trans fats, unhealthy diets in general
  • Startup Aclima processes more than "half a billion indoor air quality data points such as carbon dioxide emissions and particulate matter that affect Googlers’ lungs on a daily basis."
  • “Bringing a small­ scale sensor of this type to market will help us to effectively measure particle pollution, which has been linked to a wide range of serious health problems."
  • Esther Gokhale studied cultures with no back problems, where disks showed "little signs of degeneration as people aged."
  • Drawings from Leonardo da Vinci or a Gray's Anatomy book from 1901 also show a spine that looks more like the letter J.
  • Known in Silicon Valley as the "posture guru," Gokhale has given classes at Google, Facebook and companies across the country.
  • "The average city lost 14% of its jobs in a year, and replaced 13% of its jobs, for a turnover rate of 27%."
  • analysis of Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index data: "Citizens understand the short-term problems associated with creative destruction, and look ahead to the future benefits."
  • The total number of undernourished people has decreased by more than 200 million since 1990.
  • the developing world has cut undernourishment from 23.3% in 1990 to 12.9% today.
  • It fell from 18.6% to 10.9% for the world population, just missing the mark of halving hunger.
  • 90% of cases of late stage prostate cancer can now be linked to changes in the DNA of sufferers
  • Doctors can start testing for mutations and give patients with cancer existing drugs known to target the specific aberrations
  • Next, researchers will genetically sequence tumor cells and track the course of the disease to see how it responds to treatments
  • In 2012, 356,268 inmates had several mental illnesses--10 times the number of mentally ill patients in state psychiatric hospitals (approx 35,000)
  • US has 5% of world's population, but 25% of the world's total prison population
  • Much of this is due to movement to deinstitutionalize and treat patients in more community-based treatment centers in 1950s
  • 1/3 of people in the UK are thought to have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, according to researchers
  • Rate of liver disease has increased 400% since the 1970s
  • Radiation emitted by Wi-Fi, mobiles and other wireless devices are causing concern for EMF and RF-related illnesses
  • Radiofrequency (RF) is currently classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as a Group 2B carcinogen
  • A 5-year-old absorbs up to 60% more radiation than an adult due to thinner skulls and the higher water content of the body
  • Chlamydia is rising in every state and more women reported feeling distressed in all but 4 states
  • Suicide mortality rate grew 35% from 2001-2013
  • 48.2% of women exercise regularly; 6 in 10 are overweight; reports of diabetes has increased from 6.5% to 9.7%
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