Pandemic mammography decline not evenly distributed

Results published today in JAMA network open show that the pandemic-related decline in screening mammograms was more pronounced among Hispanic, Native American and black Alaskan women than among white women. Investigators reporting the findings say the findings suggest yet another health inequity in the COVID-19 pandemic. Ofer Amram, Ph.D., an …

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The dark side of the Congo cobalt rush

In June 2014, a man started digging in the soft red earth in the backyard of his house on the outskirts of Kolwezi, a town in the south of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. As the man later told the neighbors, he intended to create a pit for a …

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Stop blaming the victims of the microfinance crisis!

Magic bullet or vicious debt trap? Microfinance was initially recognized as a silver bullet to empower women and reduce poverty. However, as is the case elsewhere, the model has not contributed to poverty reduction in Sri Lanka. A growing body of global research highlighting the failure of microfinance as a …

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