Topic: World Health

Article: Pope Francis, in Sweeping Encyclical, Calls for Swift Action on Climate Change

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Read excerpts from this 184 page challenge to humanity.
Matt Damon
"Every 20 seconds, a child dies because they lack access to clean water and sanitation."
Damon is accurately highlighting a little-known problem to an American audience.but fortunately, due to improvements, the current loss from diarrhea caused by tainted water has decreased from 1.5 million deaths to about 760,000 deaths a year. Still a tragedy.
Hillary Clinton
"Canadian middle class incomes are now higher than in the US. They are working fewer hours for more pay, … living longer, and facing less income inequality."
It is true that Canadian middle class incomes are now higher than in the United States. They are working fewer hours for more pay, living longer on average, and facing less income inequality."  Her claim that Canada provides a better safety net is hard to measure statistically.
HIV-positive couple had 3 kids, all free of disease. This may be due to dad's involvement.
Dads are important! A study conducted between 1999 and 2005, showed that dad's involvement in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, reduced the risk of transmitting the disease 40% compared to couples with no male involvement.
Rula Jebreal, Palestinian journalist
"Ninety percent" of people living in Gaza "don’t have access even to water."
Jebreal claims that desparate conditions in Gaza are under reported in the US. Estimates range upward from 67 percent go without water. 90 to 95 percent of the water from Gaza’s coastal aquifer (their only natural source of fresh water) isn’t suitable for drinking.
Glenn Beck
"Every time somebody new gets the Ebola virus, it mutates."
Mutation happens when viruses replicate but most mutations hurt the virus and are automatic dead-ends. About two-thirds don’t change how Ebola functions, but there is no data to say whether the functional changes matter. The most recent study in West Africa found that many new varieties are not passed on to new victims.
Bill Gates
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which has helped hundreds of millions of people around the world, has published its Annual Newsletter.
They predict that "the lives of people in poor countries will improve faster in the next 15 years than at any other time in history. And their lives will improve more than anyone else's." They will have "unprecedented opportunities to get an education, eat nutritious food, and benefit from mobile banking", driven by innovation in technology. Goals include making drinking water from sewage, wiping out malaria, polio, HIV, and more.
Phil Robertson
According to the CDC, "110 million Americans now have a sexually transmitted illness."
The truth is there are 110 million infections -- not people who are infected -- and only a small percentage of infected individuals are considered to have an "illness."
Charles Koch
Recent solar energy policies in Georgia "have resulted in rate hikes and did not result in solar becoming any more economically viable."
Georgia’s largest utility said that the program in Georgia is thriving. Part of Georgia's implementation plan was that using solar power wouldn’t affect rates, and it hasn’t.
Barack Obama
Five things President Obama wants to discuss with Pope Francis when the pontiff comes to DC.
1. Poor And Marginalized Populations; 2. Environmental Stewardship; 3. Religious Freedom; 4. Economic Opportunity; 5. and Immigration Reform.
Rush Limbaugh
Limbaugh says,"85 percent donated to the Clinton Foundation ended up either with the Clintons or with their staff to pay for travel, salaries, and benefits."
Limbaugh's statement ignores critical facts that would give a different impression. While 85% did go to Clinton Foundation staff for travel, salaries and benefits, most of the foundation's charitable work is done in-house. The Clinton Foundation says 88% goes to charitable programs, including 15% went to charitable grants to outside organizations.
John Boehner
We spend more money on antacids than we do on politics."
Federal campaign spending tops worldwide antacid sales no matter how you cut it. Factoring in state elections makes the disparity even greater.
Anti-smoking Efforts
As nicotine use has decreased in rich countries, Tobacco companies are fighting to force developing countries to make up for losses in their revenue.
All over the world countries are trying to stop nicotine addiction, but tobacco companies are delaying or blocking implementation of anti-smoking laws in poorer countries by tying them up in litigation, saying that their tobacco laws violate an expanding web of trade and investment treaties.
Bernie Sanders Vt Senate
"We have the highest rate of childhood poverty of any major country on Earth."
Studies show that while the United States does consistently have one of the highest rates of childhood poverty in the world, there are several OECD members with higher rates, notably Israel and Mexico.
Donald Trump
"The $5 billion website for Obamacare … never worked. Still doesn't work."
Trump overstates the amount of money spent to create and fix, and his claim that the website isn’t working -- and never did -- is debunked by the fact that millions of Americans have signed up for insurance through the site.
Jim Carrey
Actor Jim Carrey says the "California governor says yes to poisoning more children with mercury and aluminum in vaccines."
Carrey called aluminum a poison and toxin. Like many other chemicals, it could be, in dosages and scenarios that are rare. There is no scientific evidence found by PolitiFact suggesting otherwise. In fact, the only debate stems from a theory, not research that contradicts decades of immunizations.
Caution: Kissing and cuddling chickens can be hazardous to your health.
The CDC has evidence from outbreaks between 2008 to 2014. In that period, they found that of the people who became infected with salmonella due to baby poultry exposure, 49 percent, or 196 out of 400 people, reported snuggling and holding baby birds. Another 13 percent, or about 53, reported kissing baby birds.
Bernie Sanders Vt Senate
"We spend almost twice as much per capita on health care as do the people of any other country."
The United States spends more on health care per capita than other countries, but not always twice as much. European countries with extensive social service networks aren’t so far behind the United States.
Donald Trump
Among Syrian refugees, "there aren't that many women, there aren't that many children."
Trump's assessment of the refugee situation is badly mangled and is conflating two different sets of refugees: Those 534,000 reaching Europe by sea, who are mostly men, and the 4 million Syrians in U.N. refugee camps, most of whom are women and children.
Scott Walker
Obamacare doesn’t require members of Congress "to abide by the same rules that all of the other Americans do."
Health care reforms established a marketplace for small businesses to sponsor health care coverage for their employees. Members of Congress get healthcare with government like other large companies, but their staff can use the exchanges set up by the Affordable Care Act just like their constituents would.
Dan Patrick R-tx
Patrick says Planned Parenthood does nothing but profit from killing babies and then selling body parts
Planned Parenthood’s most common pregnancy services in 2013 were pregnancy tests (1.1 million services); HIV tests (704,000 services); emergency contraception kits (1.4 million services) and Pap tests (378,692 services). No federal money has paid for any abortion services, and there’s been no confirmation it sells body parts for profit.
Carly Fiorina
Fiorina says 'Obamacare isn't helping anyone'
Tens of millions of Americans have truly benefited from the ACA, in big ways (such as securing insurance for the first time) or smaller ways (paying less for drugs under Medicare Part D).


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