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WHO calls on countries to tax sugar-sweetened beverages to save lives

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION – Today, WHO released its first-ever global tax manual for sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs). Currently, at least 85 countries implement some type of SBB taxation. The WHO manual highlights the experiences of countries who have successfully implemented the tax, including Mexico, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. WHO targets weight gain and obesity in both children and adults “Taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages can be a powerful tool to promote health because they save lives and...

Term ‘Latinx’ banned from official government use in Arkansas by Gov Sarah Huckabee-Sanders

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (TND) — One of the first actions newly sworn-in Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders made was to prohibit the use of the term “Latinx” throughout the state's government. Agencies in the state will have 60 days to replace the terms “Latinx, latinx, Latinxs, and latinxs” within existing official government documents with “Hispanics, Latino, Latinos, Latina, or Latinas.” The newly sworn-in governor justified the move to ban the term by citing a Pew Research...

Pfizer Board Member Scott Gottlieb Pressured Twitter to Censor Vaccine Criticism

REDSTATE – In the latest edition of the Twitter Files, journalist Alex Berenson revealed the lengths that people in power went to in order to make sure that the party line was maintained – and Twitter went right along with it. But, this wasn’t just government censorship. This was a private company with a financial interest in its COVID vaccine wanting itself to be inoculated from criticism. Dr. Scott Gottleib, who is on the board for...

Illegal aliens pour into U.S. under Biden 

Source: https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/stats/southwest-land-border-encounters Southwest Land Border Encounters Demographics for U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) and Office of Field Operations (OFO) include: Accompanied Minors (AM) Individuals in a Family Unit (FMUA) Single Adults Unaccompanied Children (UC) For a breakdown of encounters by USBP Sector and OFO Field Office, visit Southwest Land Border Encounters (By Component). To access the data used to build this dashboard, please visit the CBP Data Portal. "Illegal immigration may expose Americans to diseases that have been virtually eradicated, but are...

Levine slammed after calling for Big Tech to clean up ‘misinformation’ on sex change

The Washington Times – Dr. Levine, the Biden administration’s assistant health secretary, has drawn pushback after advocating for tech platforms to crack down on “misinformation” about sex change procedures. Dr. Levine was trending Monday on social media after a video surfaced in which the transgender health official called for health workers to pressure tech companies to combat misinformation about “the health equity of sexual and gender minorities.” “There is substantial misinformation about gender-affirming care for transgender...

Florida high court OKs grand jury probe of COVID-19 vaccines

TALLAHASSEE (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court will convene a grand jury at Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis' request to investigate any wrongdoing with respect to the COVID-19 vaccines, the court announced Thursday. The Republican governor, who is often mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in 2024, earlier this month called for the investigation. He suggested it would be in part aimed to jog loose more information from pharmaceutical companies about the vaccines and potential side effects. Vaccine...

Biden border crisis leaves Arizona hospital with $20 million in unpaid bills

NEW YORK POST – President Biden’s ongoing border crisis has left an Arizona hospital holding the bag for $20 million in unpaid bills racked up by migrants who needed treatment — including expensive surgery and intensive care — during just the past six months. Dr. Bob Transchel, president and CEO of Yuma Regional Medical Center, said Friday neither the federal nor state governments have been willing to help out his 406-bed, nonprofit facility. “There’s no payer...

Life Expectancy Craters in Biden’s America of Fentanyl ODs and COVID Jabs

(Joshua Paladino, Headline USA) During the two years that President Joe Biden has occupied the White House, life expectancy in the United States has fallen to its lowest level since 1996 as official figures show that drug overdose deaths reached their highest levels in recorded history last year. Data from the National Center for Health Statistics reveals that life expectancy in the US declined by more than a year between 2014 and 2020, from 78.9...

Transgender death row inmate set to be executed in January files clemency application with Missouri governor

CNN – A transgender who is scheduled to be executed in Missouri next month for murdering a woman in 2003 has filed a clemency application with the governor, citing struggles with brain damage and childhood trauma, the petition says. Amber McLaughlin – listed in court documents as Scott McLaughlin – is set to be executed by lethal injection on January 3 for the 2003 murder of Beverly Guenther, according to clemency application...

US asks court to end asylum limits, with a short delay

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The Biden administration is asking the Supreme Court to end asylum restrictions, but asked the court for a delay until at least after Christmas. The administration made the plea in a filing Tuesday. Migrants have been denied rights to seek asylum under U.S. and international law 2.5 million times since March 2020 on grounds of preventing the spread of COVID-19 under a public-health rule called Title 42. The federal government acknowledged in...

Is Legislation to Safeguard Americans Against Superbugs a Boondoggle or Breakthrough?

Kaiser Health News – With time running out in the 2022 congressional session, a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers and infectious disease specialists is scrambling to pass a bill aimed at spurring the development of antibiotics to combat the deadly spread of drug-resistant pathogens. The PASTEUR Act, as amended, would provide $6 billion in federal funding over several years to give drugmakers incentive to develop and manufacture lifesaving medications for the small but growing number of...

Texas Republicans Move To Restrict Drag Queen Shows

NBC NEWS – Texas Republicans introduced several bills this week that target the transgender community, including one looking to prevent children from attending drag performances. GOP legislators officially unveiled  an updated party platform over the summer that defines homosexuality as an “abnormal lifestyle choice” and is opposed to “all efforts to validate transgender identity.” A  bill filed Monday would classify any business that decides to host a drag show under the state’s statutory definition of...

Abortions in Texas dropped 97% the month after Roe v. Wade was overturned

WASHINGTON EXAMINER – The number of abortions Texas residents received dropped by 97% the month after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Only 68 abortions were performed for Texans in the month of July, according to preliminary data from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, down from the 2,596 procedures performed in June, the month that the Supreme Court found in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization that there is no constitutional right...

Working at 76: Inflation forces hard choice for older adults

PHOENIX (AP) — Lenore Angey never imagined she'd have to go back to work at age 76. With an ailing husband and the highest prices she can remember for everything from milk to gasoline, the retired school lunch worker from Cleveland, Ohio, now works part time as a salesperson at a local department store to cover the costs of food and medicine. "The holidays are going to be tough, and it's not just for seniors," said...
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