In some rural parts of Kenya, widowhood means you’re of little value. Culturally, widows are considered impure, and tradition dictates that they must be cleaned — or “cleansed” — of their partners’ death. The aim is to chase away the demons; the ritual requires women to have sex — either with a relative or stranger.
The world is at the brink of eradicating polio. A surprise polio outbreak in Israel in 2013 led researchers to look closely for the poliovirus in sewage to detect virus shed in the feces of non-paralyzed people infected with polio, what epidemiologists call the "silent circulation" of polio.
Late on Oct. 4, Verona’s local council approved a motion “to prevent abortion and sustain maternity,” which allows the use of public money to fund vehemently anti-abortion Catholic organizations and encourages doctors to dissuade women from aborting. The coalition of center-right councilors also tried and failed to present a motion that would require all aborted fetuses to be buried in a cemetery, even without the consent of the woman involved.
Like the US, Canada has been wrestling with a growing drug crisis. Deaths from overdoses have reached unprecedented levels, up to nearly 4,000 last year. In response, the government has pledged more resources for addiction services — including the use of prescription heroin.
Despite the inconclusive evidence, the practice of alternative medicine, including acupuncture, is becoming more accepted in the US as a way to address pain. This is in part driven by the opioid epidemic that left 49,000 dead last year alone.
After years of heated debates, rising overdose and HIV infection rates, and mounting pressure from people who use drugs themselves, the Canadian government opened Insite in 2003, making it the first publicly sanctioned injection facility in all of North America.
Wars leave behind scars. Emotional ones. Physical ones. And for years, in Afghanistan, the physical ones were the ones surgeons fixed. But in the past couple of years, there’s been a boom in cosmetic surgery.
Globally, people are living longer. What are the most compelling ways to ensure a sustainably healthy life? In this live-streamed event, author and speaker Deepak Chopra, will discuss the important connections between mind, immunity, genes and body.