Blood Donations

News: HHS Mulls Lifting Gay Blood Donor Ban

News via MedPageToday.com, Excerpt: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is now evaluating data that could determine whether to continue a ban that prohibits men who have sex with men (MSM) from donating blood. In an email to MedPage Today, an FDA spokesperson said HHS has completed studies recommended by its Advisory Committee […]

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News: Gay Blood Ban Hits Life-Saving Organ Donations

Excerpt: A portion of a deceased teen’s organ donation has been rejected because he was gay. But a Food and Drug Administration policy, which prohibits men who have sex with men from donating tissue, has barred Betts from fulfilling one of his final wishes in life, reports Des Moines TV station KCCI. Source: Advocate: After […]

Experian Social Security

News: Social Security 2014 Annual Report

The 2014 Annual Report from the Trustees of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds report on the current and projected financial status of the two programs. “Neither Medicare nor Social Security can sustain projected long-run program costs in full under currently scheduled financing, and legislative changes are necessary to avoid disruptive consequences for beneficiaries […]

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News: The History of Civilian Airline Tragedies

I have spoken and written about the tense and deadly situation in Ukraine over the past nine months, but with the downing of MH17 last week by presumably renegade forces in Eastern Ukraine, a new chapter in the world’s relationship with Ukraine and Russia appears to be imminent. Take a watch / listen to Rachel […]

We the People

White House Petition: End the FDA Gay Blood Ban

Call On HHS & The FDA To End Their Ban Against Gay & Bisexual Male Blood Donors The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) bans gay & bisexual men from donating blood. The current lifetime deferral focuses on sexual orientation & we are calling on the FDA to change its policy so that it focuses […]

Elephant Poachers

News: Poachers Continue Elephant Slaughter

From CNN.com: Poachers killed one of Kenya’s most beloved elephants — a behemoth animal with tusks so large, they touched the ground. Satao was shot with poisoned arrows in the sprawling Tsavo National Park in the country’s southeast. Wildlife officials found his carcass with two massive holes where his tusks once stood. His face was […]