October 8, 2012 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — In the United States, "health class" has introduced generations of snickering sixth-graders to the fundamentals of sex. But the terms "sex" and "education" are a mismatch in Pakistan: The subject simply is not taught in schools. Traditional cultural values have prevented any formal integration of the basics of the birds and the bees into the Islam-based education system. Here, young people mainly learn about sex from whispered conversations with their schoolyard friends, or by experience.
July 2, 2011
Alvin Golub, 83, who spent nearly 20 years as executive director of the Washington Psychiatric Society, an advocacy group representing area psychiatrists, died June 26 at his home in Silver Spring. He had idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Mr. Golub was a U.S. Labor Department economist in the 1950s and early 1960s, then spent many years as deputy director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He retired from the Washington Psychiatric Society in the early 2000s. Mr. Golub was a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and...
July 13, 2012
Regarding ombudsman Patrick Pexton's July 9 blog post, " Was climate-change poll biased? " Mr. Pexton reported that Jon Krosnick resigned from our board when presented with the claim of a reader that we are an advocacy organization. We regret that Mr. Krosnick felt the need to resign, but we are not an advocacy organization. What we are is a science and journalism organization that is nonpartisan and thoroughly independent, and we have deep roots in the climate-science community.
November 2, 2011 |
Nearly three-quarters of crib mattresses in this country contained "suspect or dangerous" chemicals, underscoring the need to reform the federal laws that govern chemical use, according to a report scheduled to be released Thursday. The report by Clean and Healthy New York, an environmental health advocacy group , surveyed 28 companies that make most of the standard-size crib mattresses and found that 72 percent of mattress models use one or more chemicals of concern, including certain...
December 23, 2011 |
The news about narcotic painkillers is increasingly dire: Overdoses now kill nearly 15,000 people a year — more than heroin and cocaine combined. In some states, the painkiller death toll exceeds that of car crashes. The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared the overdoses from opioid drugs like OxyContin an "epidemic. " And a growing group of experts doubts that they work for long-term pain. But the pills continue to have an influential champion...
March 10, 2013 |
Poverty levels in the District have climbed steadily since the beginning of the economic downturn, with one in three children now living below the federal poverty line, according to data released last week by the D.C. Fair Budget Coalition, a network of advocacy groups. In an event co-sponsored with five D.C. Council members, the group called for the District to allocate an additional $100 million in fiscal year 2014 to reduce poverty. Next year's budget is...