Today, we celebrate the life and times of the First Black woman to become a nurse in the US.
Mary Eliza Mahoney, born on May 7th, 1845 in Dorchester, Massachusetts, was the first African American to study and work as a professionally trained Nurse in the United States. In 1879, Mahoney was the first African American to graduate from an American school of nursing. Continue reading The Life And Times Of The First Black Nurse In The United States
Ten years ago this year, Congress passed the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, a whopper of a law conceived at the onset of an era of rapid advancement in genetics. It was intended to protect Americans from all the ways their genetic information might one day be used against them. More commonly known as GINA, the law has plenty of flaws and loopholes, for which it has gotten a fair amount of flack. But GINA also created new rights for citizens when it comes to their DNA. And one of those was giving them access to it.
Continue reading Should Access to Your Own DNA Be Treated as a Civil Right?
When the United States broke off cease-fire talks with Russia over the war in Syria (after the Russian air force continued to bomb civilians in Aleppo), Russian President Vladimir Putin retaliated by suspending a nearly two-decades old arms agreement to get rid of his country’s extra weapons-grade plutonium.
Continue reading WHAT DO YOU DO WITH 34 METRIC TONS OF WEAPONS-GRADE PLUTONIUM?
Summer travel marks a busy time of year for those venturing about the country or abroad. As if the TSA security lineups weren’t enough tomake travelers cringe, the U.S. State Department released a warning Tuesday for anyone traveling to Europe.
Continue reading U.S. Issues Travel Warning for Americans Visiting Europe Amid Terror Threat
Some U.S. counties have seen a 70-fold increase in drug overdose deaths in the last few decades, a new study finds.
Continue reading Drug Overdose Deaths Increased 70-Fold in These US Counties