Fighting fake health news, supermarkets ban Amazon-killing beef, therapy with animals
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Today on Squirrel News, we take a look at ways to combat fake health news, supermarket chains taking a stand against a company linked to deforestation in Brazil, and a newly discovered blood test to help detect cancer in people with unclear symptoms.
How can we fight fake health news?
In Sierra Leone, audio dramas produced by an NGO and shared on WhatsApp are educating people about typhoid and malaria. In the UK, researcher wants to ‘inoculate’ people by giving them tools to detect and ignore fake stories.
European supermarkets ban Amazon-killing beef
Sainsbury’s, Carrefour, Lidl, and other supermarket chains are boycotting beef from the Brazilian company JBS, the world’s largest meat producer, due to its links to illegal Amazon rainforest deforestation.
Blood test could help detect cancer in people with nonspecific symptoms
A study found that the test works on people with concerning signs such as unexplained weight loss or fatigue, correctly detecting cancer in 19 out of every 20 of those with the disease.
Lego to end gender bias in its toys after survey
The Danish firm has vowed to end gender-specific Lego sets after research found that stereotypes in the toys hinder girls, boys and their parents.
Black women in Martin Luther King Jr.’s neighborhood to receive monthly cash payments
A new guaranteed income program by an NGO will give Black women $850 per month over two years, firstly in Atlanta, the place where King popularized the idea in the 60s.
School in Uganda adds indigenous education and life skills to academic curriculum
Community-led school will provide financial literacy education and banking access and incentivise community elders to pass on Indigenous knowledge and skills-based training.
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US’s biggest grocery chain is investing in reusable, plastic-free packaging
In a pilot program by Kroger, items in food and other categories can be bought in glass containers or aluminum boxes. When they’re empty, customers return the containers to the store to be cleaned and used again.
Churches take the lead in alleviating period poverty
The community-focused initiatives are lifting the taboo on menstruation and making a difference in people’s lives by donating products like pads and tampons which can be unaffordable.
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Health workers brave cold in the Himalayas to vaccinate remote villages
The door-to-door campaign aims to inoculate teenagers and give booster shots to seniors with health problems, despite bone-chilling cold and inhospitable terrain.
Cats, camels and a Jesus lizard: the rise of animal-assisted therapy
Once considered eccentric, using animals in psychotherapy is becoming popular as research reveals its benefits.
New Zealand’s plan to end smoking, top chefs offer vegan menus, roundabouts saving lives
In our new podcast episode, we’re talking about New Zealand’s unique plan to eliminate smoking, Michelin-starred chefs who are going meat-free, and how roundabouts in Indiana reduce both accidents and emissions.