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Today at Squirrel News, we delve into a exciting cancer drug offering a less-invasive approach to treatment compared to traditional chemotherapy, the rural entrepreneurs in India making safe drinking water accessible at an affordable price, and a pioneering violence prevention strategy that is reshaping the concept of safety in Philadelphia’s high schools.
New cancer drug offers gentler, less invasive alternative to chemotherapy
With current off-label use in 20 centres across the UK for children with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (B-ALL), Blina is an immunotherapy designed to specifically target and eliminate cancer cells. Unlike traditional chemo, this approach ensures that healthy cells remain unharmed during the treatment process.
Source: BBC News
“Water ATMs” provide cheap and safe access to drinking water
Across India, a network of machines managed by individuals in rural areas is making significant strides in providing a greater number of people with access to safe drinking water.
Source: Reasons To Be Cheerful
Violence prevention strategy redefines safety in Philadelphia’s high schools
The Youth Violence Reduction Initiative – modelled after the national Comprehensive Gang Model – is being piloted in one school, focusing on at-risk teens. It represents the district’s latest commitment to building secure futures for students vulnerable to involvement in violence.
“Say Something” tip line successfully identifies gun violence threats
From 2019 to 2023, the line received over 18,000 tips submitted through SS-ARS – resulting in the prevention of 38 instances of school violence, over 100 planned suicides, and triggering more than 1,000 mental health interventions.
Poland to set end date for coal power
In a significant departure from the previous government’s position on climate change, Poland’s Secretary of State for Climate, Urszula Zielinska, declared on Monday the country’s plan to establish a timeline for the gradual phasing out of coal-fuelled power.
India’s multidimensional poverty rate plunges to 11.28% in 2022-23
The index, encompassing twelve diverse indicators across three key dimensions – health, education, and standard of living – underscores the steep drop in the number of individuals classified as living in poverty, contributing to India’s overall decline in the multidimensional poverty rate from 29.17% in 2013-14.
Source: The Indian Express
Four-day work week to be trialled in Dominican Republic
Starting in February, employees will earn the same salary with the standard work week reduced from 44 hours to 36 hours. “It prioritises people, improving health and wellbeing, and promotes a sustainable and environmentally friendly productivity,” said labour minister Luis Miguel de Camps.
Source: The Guardian
Indian teen invents gadget that may transform dementia care
YouTube robotics tutorials helped 17-year Hemesh Chadalavada turn his concern for his grandmother into a device that alerts carers if Alzheimer’s patients fall or wander off.
Source: The Guardian
Local initiatives for racism reparations gain traction amidst national stalemate
While efforts to address slavery and structural racism have faced prolonged delays in Congress, numerous cities across the United States are now taking matters into their own hands with proactive measures.
Hiking movement bridges racial disparities in access to nature
Addressing racial inequities and limited access to green spaces, a number of organisations across the US are striving to ensure that people of colour can enjoy the myriad benefits of nature.
Source: BBC News