WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's relationship with the truth tends to be borderline, at best, when it comes to the border. So it was this past week when he made a flurry of false or unsupported statements about immigration. He said, with no evidence, that migrants are plagued with disease. He asserted that Mexico has in effect agreed to pay for his border wall, even as he threatens a partial government shutdown if Congress doesn't approve billions of dollars to build it. He twisted federal statistics to claim the recent arrest of 10 terrorists who don't exist. On another front, Trump tried to cast doubt on whether his former national security adviser had lied to the FBI even after the aide pleaded guilty to doing just that. A look at recent rhetoric and the reality: BORDER SECURITY TRUMP: "People with tremendous medical difficulty and medical problems are pouring in, and in many — in many cases it's contagious. They're pouring into our country. We have to have border … [Read more...] about AP FACT CHECK: Trump floats fictions about the border
In a contentious Oval Office meeting, President Donald Trump and the Democratic congressional leaders — Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer — disagreed over funding for a border wall, mangling some facts in the process. The president claimed that “a lot of the wall is built,” and he cited statistics purporting to show “it’s very effective” at stopping illegal immigration. But his figures correspond to those in a Customs and Border Protection video on various border security strategies deployed before he took office, from 1992 to 2016. And in most sectors Trump cited as successful, there is very little fencing designed to stop pedestrians. In advocating a border wall, Trump claimed that “people with … medical problems are pouring in … in many cases, it’s contagious.” Scientific evidence doesn’t support the idea that migrants pose a public health risk. Another reason the president cited was that “drugs are … [Read more...] about Fact Check: A Look at the Trump-Pelosi-Schumer Scuffle
Linda Searing, The Washington Post Published 7:34 am PST, Monday, November 19, 2018 Around the globe 21 percent of babies, or nearly 30 million, are delivered by Caesarean section, according to research from 169 countries published in the Lancet. That figure, from 2015, represents a near doubling of C-section births worldwide since 2000, when there were 16 million such deliveries, or 12 percent of live births. Childbirth experts say C-sections would account for 10 to 15 percent of the babies delivered if they were done only because of complications. But in 106 of the 169 countries, C-section rates were "well above what is expected on the basis of obstetric indications." In 15 countries, the procedure accounted for more than 40 percent of births. The research noted that C-sections tended to be underused in poor countries and overused in higher-income countries. In North America, the rate of C-section births increased from 24 percent to 32 percent in the 15-year span, … [Read more...] about The Big Number: 21% of babies are born by C-section, nearly double 2000 rate
MEDITATION techniques used by the Beatles could combat PTSD, researchers have found. Thinking of a mantra could help sufferers, a study of US veterans in The Lancet suggested. Experts describe transcendental meditation as thinking without “concentration or contemplation” for a “restful alertness”. It was pioneered by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi who taught the Beatles and Beach Boys in the 1960s in India. Dr Sanford Nidich of Maharishi University in Iowa said TM could help veterans deal with traumatic flashbacks. He said: “PTSD is a serious and disabling condition, affecting an estimated 14 per cent of US veterans deployed in or returning from combat in Afghanistan and Iraq. “PTSD harms veterans’ mental, physical, and financial wellbeing, and there is also growing evidence of links between PTSD and cardiovascular health, occupational functioning, metabolic function, and possibly even dementia risk. “Our findings indicate the feasibility and … [Read more...] about Meditation techniques used by the Beatles in the 1960s could benefit military veterans with PTSD
Rick Noack, The Washington Post Published 6:16 am PST, Friday, November 9, 2018 Almost half of all countries have fertility rates below the replacement level, according to an unprecedented study published by The Lancet journal. While there was not a single nation with a fertility rate below the 2.05 threshold back in 1950, the global average is now only 2.4 - down from 4.7 about 70 years ago. Differences between nations have become more pronounced, with some European countries having record-low rates down to one child per woman on average, compared to more than six children in some African nations. If you live in a poorer nation with high fertility rates, a decrease would likely be a reason for celebration. Lower fertility rates are often the result of fewer child deaths, easily accessible contraception and prosperous economies, which explains why Europe, North America and richer Asian nations like Japan are disproportionately affected. In countries with … [Read more...] about Fertility rates around the world are declining. Trump supporters won’t like the solution.