Tuesday - October 17, 2017
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Scrap National Insurance for All Young People, Says New TPA Research
LONDON, Oct. 17 -- The TaxPayers' Alliance issued the following news release:

The TaxPayers' Alliance is today calling on the government to give all young people a break by scrapping their employees' national insurance contributions. The campaign group has published a policy paper, Young people and national insurance, outlining three options for cutting national insurance contributions:

* Raise the starting age on employee national insurance from 16 to 26 instead of the government's plan to raise the student loan repayment threshold from GBP 21,000 to GBP 25,000. Nobody aged 25 or under would ... Show Full Article

World Mission Outreach Becomes an ECFA Accredited Organization
LAHAINA, Hawaii, Oct. 16 -- The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability issued the following news release:

The ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) announced today the accreditation of World Mission Outreach of Lahaina, HI.

ECFA accreditation is based on the ECFA Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship, including financial accountability, transparency, sound board governance and ethical fundraising.

World Mission Outreach joins a growing number of Christ-centered churches and ministries across America, supported by over 27 million donors that have earned the right ... Show Full Article

Mount Sinai Professor of Geriatrics & Palliative Care Medicine, Center for Advance Palliative Care Director Diane E. Meier, MD Receives National Academy of Medicine Lienhard Award for Leading Palliative Care Adoption in United States
NEW YORK, Oct. 16 -- Mount Sinai Hospital issued the following news release:

Diane E. Meier, MD, director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) and professor of geriatrics and palliative care medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, has been named the 32nd recipient of the Gustav O. Lienhard Award for Advancement in Healthcare, announced today by the National Academy of Medicine. The award recognizes her for outstanding achievements in driving awareness and adoption of palliative care services in the United States. Dr. Meier received the award at today's National Academy ... Show Full Article

Ghana Breaks Chains on Mental Health
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following report:

When I picked up the chain that had been tied around his ankle I could barely lift it. It felt like a pile of bricks and made a heavy thumping sound when I dropped it to the ground. It was here, at Nyakumasi Prayer Camp in central Ghana several years ago, where I first met "Solomon" (not his real name), a man in his 50s with a ragged blue cloth around his waist and a thick metal chain around his ankle.

Solomon's parents had brought him to the camp because they thought he had a mental health condition. They - like many others ... Show Full Article

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Joins Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 16 -- The Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy issued the following news release:

The Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy today announced that researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have joined its network. Dana-Farber is a leader in cancer research and brings a team of experts who will collaborate with Parker Institute investigators to enhance and expand research projects and clinical trials. Dana-Farber's expansive clinical trial capabilities and strong immuno-oncology research approach will complement the current work at the Parker Institute, specifically ... Show Full Article

Cleveland Clinic's Serpil Erzurum, M.D., Elected to Prestigious National Academy of Medicine
CLEVELAND, Oct. 16 -- The Cleveland Clinic issued the following news release:

Serpil Erzurum, M.D., chair of Cleveland Clinic's Lerner Research Institute, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.

NAM is formerly the Institute of Medicine, which was established in 1970 under the charter of the National Academy of Sciences to advise the nation on medical and health issues. Members are elected to the NAM by their peers for major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, healthcare and public health.

Dr. ... Show Full Article

ANSI Highlights Standards Alliance West Africa Orientation Visit
NEW YORK, Oct. 16 -- The American National Standards Institute issued the following news release:

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), through its public-private partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) called the Standards Alliance, organized a four-day training activity in Washington, DC, from October 10-13, 2017. The orientation visit covered topics related to "A Risk-Based Approach to Consumer Protection," with the primary goal to help participating West African countries strengthen their risk-based consumer protection systems.

The visiting ... Show Full Article