Bubonic Plague Found in Oregon Teenager
A teenager in Oregon has been infected with the plague after coming in contact with an infected flea during a camping trip and is currently in intensive care. The plague can be treated with antibiotics and has a sixteen percent mortality rate when caught early, but can be fatal, as shown by the three deaths this year so far. 2015 has seen a record number of cases of the plague; the CDC is unsure of why there has been at least eleven cases reported this year compared to the average of seven cases from years past.
China Ends One Child Policy
Earlier this week, China announced that they would end their longstanding one-child policy. The provision, set in the 1970's, only allowed for couples to conceive one child. In 2013, the government attempted to relax this policy by allowing couples to have more than one child if either parent was an only child. In hopes to undo the serious implications and burdens created by this rule, the government has relaxed the rule in order to promote a steady population growth. The new law will affect over 100 million couples.
Researchers at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School studied the relationship between consumer shopping patterns and psychological tendencies. They developed data from 1,000 shoppers and found a “licensing effect” or the tit for tat tendency wired in our choices. For example, they found that shoppers who purchased kale were then more likely to head to the ice cream or beer section. Psychologists recommend various tactics with one focusing on the process of living healthfully rather than focus on losing weight or improving appearance.
Feds Issue Proposed Rule On Health Information Collected By Workplace Wellness Programs
Employers who offer volunteer wellness programs may now collect health information on employees and their spouses, including some limited genetic information. This provision does not extend to children, but employees may offer incentives for spouses participating by, for example, filling out health questionnaires or having medical exams. Financial incentives can now include up to 30% of the cost of a family plan.
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