computerscreenIt’s Sunday night and you need to know the following for the upcoming week to make you well rounded:

Story # 1 Justin Antonin Scalia has passed away.

Of course you need to know that Justice Antonin Scalia died.Antonin Scalia was a U.S. Supreme Court Justice member born on March 11, 1936 in Trenton, New Jersey. He was a practicing lawyer in the 1960s, and then worked in public service in the ’70s with roles in President Nixon’s general counsel and as the Assistant Attorney General. In the ’80s he became a part of President Ronald Reagan’s Court of Appeals. In 1986 the President nominated him as Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Story #2 150,000 Penguins Have Perished

The community of penguins was once 160,000-strong colony has now dwindled to 10,000 penguins.

“The arrival of iceberg B09B in Commonwealth Bay, East Antarctica… has dramatically increased the distance Adélie penguins breeding at Cape Denison must travel in search of food,” said researchers in the report.

Since 2011, the colony’s population has fallen dramatically, according to the Climate Change Research Center at Australia’s University of New South Wales. The outlook for the Cape Denison Adelie penguins remains dire. Unless the colossal iceberg is broken up by sea ice, scientists predict the colony will disappear in 20 years. About 5,500 pairs are still breeding in the area, but there has been a significant decline in their population compared with a century ago, according to estimates based on satellite images and a census in 1997.


Story # 3 CDC Highlights Programs that Reduce U.S. Health Disparities

A supplement to the CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report, published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, highlights programs that reduce disparities by race/ethnicity, geography, disability, and/or sexual orientation across a range of different health conditions.

“Reducing and eliminating health disparities is fundamental to building a healthier nation,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.  “With science-based and effective interventions, we can close health disparity gaps in America.”

The supplement demonstrates that we can make progress in overcoming public health disparities through meaningful community and local health authority involvement.

The eight programs reported in the current supplement include:

  • A report on the Traditional Foods Project. During 2010–2012, American Indian and Alaska Native adults were about twice as likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes as non-Hispanic whites. The experiences of this tribally driven effort suggest that traditional food activities are a way to facilitate dialogue about health in tribal communities, a key step in health promotion and diabetes prevention.
  • A description of Boston Children’s Hospital’s Community Asthma Initiative. Black and Hispanic children are hospitalized with complications of asthma much more often than are white children. The program demonstrates that interventions by community health workers can significantly reduce hospitalizations in these populations. This effective program has been adapted to local cultural variations in other cities and states.
  • A report on evidence-based interventions to improve levels of screening for colorectal cancer in two states, in Alaska (among Alaska Natives) and in Washington (among racial and ethnic minority and low-income populations).
  • A report documenting the reduction of disparities in hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection in the United States following incremental changes in hepatitis A vaccination recommendations to increase coverage for children and persons at high risk for HAV infection
  • Two reports outlining HIV prevention interventions shown to reduce HIV- and STD-related risk behaviors among Hispanic or Latino men and high-risk men who have sex with men, including substance users


Story #4 The Blizzard of 2016 has final death Count

From New York to Washington to Virginia, the snowstorm is blamed directly or indirectly for at least 38 deaths. One man was killed when the wind blew down a tree onto his vehicle. Others suffered fatal heart attacks while shoveling snow. A woman and child died from carbon monoxide poisoning as they tried to stay warm in their car.

According to various agencies, there were at least 10 deaths in New York, six in North Carolina, six in Virginia, four in South Carolina, three in Pennsylvania, three in New Jersey and one each in Kentucky, Maryland, Georgia, Ohio, Delaware and Washington.

A report describing three community-level interventions linked to reductions in youth violence.An evaluation of the Living Well with a Disability program, which helps people with disabilities manage their health.

pixabayStory #5 Medical Waiver Has Been Placed Into Action in Flint Michigan

A federal waiver has been sought by Gov. Rick Snyder to address lead exposure in Flint, including the allowance of Medicaid and health insurance for children up to 21 years old and pregnant women.

Snyder sent the letter serving as a formal request on Saturday, Feb. 13 to Victoria Wachino, director of the Center for Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, Services, as a request for the waiver.

“We appreciate the assistance both you and your colleagues at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have already provided, and look forward to working together to achieve our mutual goal of improving the health and well-being of Michigan’s citizens,” he said in the letter.

The expanded Medicaid and CHIP eligibility would include residents up to 21 who are served by the city’s water system or were served by the system “between April 2014 and and the date on which the Flint water system is deemed safe by the appropriate authorities,” reads the waiver request.

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Story #6 President Obama Has Designated Three National Parks

President Obama has taken unprecedented action to invest and conserve America’s natural treasures. The natural and cultural richness of our national parks, monuments, forest, and public lands are important reflections of our environmental responsibility and the legacy we leave to future generations. That is why this President has protected more than 265 million acres of land and water – more than any other president in history.

Today, he’s adding a few million acres more.

Today, he designated three new national monuments in the California desert: Mojave Trails National Monument, Sand to Snow National Monument, and Castle Mountains National Monument.

These designations encompass nearly 1.8 million acres and nearly double the number of acres of public lands that he’s previously protected.

and #7 Story of the week to know The Final list for Grammy Awards performers is as follows:

The performers on the 58th GRAMMY Awards are:

  • Adele
  • Alabama Shakes
  • Joey Alexander
  • James Bay and Tori Kelly
  • Justin Bieber and Jack Ü (Diplo and Skrillex)
  • Luke Bryan, John Legend, Demi Lovato, and Meghan Trainor with Lionel Richie
  • Andra Day and Ellie Goulding
  • Eagles (Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, Timothy B. Schmit, and Joe Walsh) with Jackson Browne in tribute to Glenn Frey
  • “Hamilton” Broadway cast
  • Hollywood Vampires (Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry)
  • Sam Hunt and Carrie Underwood
  • Lady Gaga in tribute to David Bowie
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Little Big Town
  • Miguel
  • Pitbull, Travis Barker and Robin Thicke
  • Rihanna
  • Chris Stapleton, Gary Clark Jr. and Bonnie Raitt in tribute to B.B. King
  • Taylor Swift
  • The Weeknd

The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place on Monday, Feb. 15 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

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