Maryland lawmakers approved three big victories for state progressives Monday, agreeing to raise the state minimum wage, decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana and outlaw revenge porn. Gov. Martin O’Malley has stated he will approve the measures, reversing his former stance against easing criminal penalties on weed.
Smart Solution To Stop Needle Reuse Wins Design Impact Award
Healthcare providers reusing unsterilized syringes and needles cause more than 1.3 million infections around the world every year, according to the World Health Organization. Ignorance of the dangers and a lack of supplies means that the average syringe is reused four times in the developing world, says advocacy and education charity Safepoint.
The problem, which spreads bloodborne pathogens like hepatitis and AIDS, led healthcare designer David Swann and his team at the University of Huddersfield in the United Kingdom to come up with a simple and cheap visual aid.
They created a syringe coated with a color-changing dye that turns red when exposed to carbon dioxide. The so-called A Behavior-Changing (ABC) syringe is stored in a nitrogen-filled pack and starts changing color only when the pack is punctured or the syringe is removed. Read more below and see the video.<
A new study suggests that being liberal is pretty damn good for your health — and being conservative is highly correlated with the opposite.
By comparing state legislators’ dominant ideologies and citizens’ self-reported health, political scientist Mitchel Herian of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and colleagues have concluded that “the presence of a more liberal government is related to a higher rate of reported health, a lower rate of reported smoking, lower BMI, and fewer numbers of days with poor health.”