Private Donations Also Needed To Achieve Cancer ‘Moonshot,’ Biden Says During Speech
Philanthrophic investments, like the ones that will help build John Hopkins' new cancer center, and government funds are needed, according to the Vice President Joe Biden. In other public health news, online fantasy sports are driving an increase in gambling addicts. And Marketplace and USA Today report on the latest Zika virus developments.
As Johns Hopkins Launches New Cancer Center, Biden Sees A Model For His 'Moonshot'
With limited time left before the 2016 elections, the Obama administration may be hamstrung in what it can do to advance Vice President Joe Biden’s cancer moonshot. But Biden has made clear he also sees hope in philanthropic investments, like a major venture announced Tuesday at Johns Hopkins University. (Scott, 3/29)
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Fantasy Sports Fueling A Rise In Online Gambling Addiction
Poison comes in many forms for addicts: Alcohol and drugs usually come first to mind, but gambling -- often overlooked -- is of increasing concern to state officials and rehab centers. The number of problem gamblers has grown in recent years with an explosion of betting opportunities available at the touch of a smartphone screen. That is particularly true during this month’s annual “March Madness” college basketball tournament. (Ibarra, 3/30)
Zika Virus Prevention Efforts In The U.S. Underway
Spring is coming. That means baseball, cherry blossoms and mosquitoes. Those mosquitoes are why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called for a Zika virus summit at the White House on Friday. (Gorenstein, 3/29)
1 In 3 Americans Mistakenly Believe Zika Is Spread By Coughing
Many Americans are unaware of the basic facts about the Zika virus, which is spreading rapidly through the Americas and could reach the continental U.S. this summer. While 87% of people know that Zika is spread by mosquitoes, nearly one in three people mistakenly believe that it also can be spread by coughing or sneezing, like a cold, according to a survey of 1,275 adults from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the National Public Health Information Coalition, a group that serves public relations officers. (Szabo, 3/29)