April 22, 2016

News Notes

According to the Fed, an astounding 47 percent of all Americans could not come up with $400 to pay for an emergency room visit without borrowing it or selling something.

Nearly six in ten latinos are millennials or younger.

The New York Times - Virginia's governor will restore voting rights to more than 200,000 convicted felons

Bernie Sanders - While McDonald's has opposed an $15 an hour minimum wage for its employees, its CEO received a 368% raise last year.

Suicide in the United States has surged to the highest levels in nearly 30 years, a federal data analysis has found, with increases in every age group except older adults. The rise was particularly steep for women. It was also substantial among middle-aged Americans, sending a signal of deep anguish from a group whose suicide rates had been stable or falling since the 1950s.

Researchers examined data from more than 45,000 men in Sweden who did compulsory military training in 1969-1970 and were followed until 2011. About 4,000 of the men died during the 42-year study period. Those who were heavy marijuana users in their late teens were 40 percent more likely to die by age 60 than those who never used the drug, the investigators found.

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