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Why Personal Financial Literacy Matters To Communities

While experts debate what’s ahead for the U.S. economy, a major issue that’s often overlooked continues to pose a threat – personal financial health. It’s critical for all Americans to be equipped with the knowledge to make sound financial decisions. As we draw attention to this issue through Financial Literacy Month this April, some alarming

Adopting common ESG investing standards may not be a panacea

The lack of common standards has long been a major issue when it comes to the development of environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing. But recent proposals by the European Parliament for a sustainable finance taxonomy that would pave the way for common ESG investment standards are raising concerns among investors. The proposed sustainability taxonomy,

It’s time for corporations to recognize the financial fragility of their employees

The economy is good these days and many employers may believe their employees also are doing well financially, but this is not the case. There are two economies prevalent in society, and oftentimes our daily routines and biased views on the rest of the world mean we are not aware of that. The truth is

4 Bold Policies Introduced in Congress to Improve Financial Well-Being

The first quarter of the year has been a busy time on Capitol Hill for Prosperity Now. We’ve been thrilled to see several innovative pieces of legislation introduced that leverage tax season and boost resources for U.S. workers – all in service to helping working families enhance their short and long term savings. Four critical

Climate change to blame for Hurricane Maria’s extreme rainfall

Hurricane Maria dropped more rain on Puerto Rico than any storm to hit the island since 1956, a feat due mostly to the effects of human-caused climate warming, new research finds. A new study analyzing Puerto Rico's hurricane history finds 2017's Maria had the highest average rainfall of the 129 storms to have struck the

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Heart patch could limit muscle damage in heart attack aftermath

Researchers have designed a new type of adhesive patch that can be placed directly on the heart and may one day help to reduce the stretching of heart muscle that often occurs after a heart attack. The patch, made from a water-based hydrogel material, was developed using computer simulations of heart function in order to

2019-04-18T08:26:28-05:00Tags: |

5 of the Best TED Talks About Renewable Energy

Let's be real: Renewable energy is super cool. Harnessing virtually limitless energy from the natural world? Check. Without releasing dangerous carbon pollution into our atmosphere? Double check. Around the world, cities, states, countries, and companies are making the switch to clean, renewable energy to help stop climate change. Better yet? It just makes good economic

2019-04-17T07:00:22-05:00Tags: |

A Revolution in Access to Medicine is Underway in Five African Countries

Among the many barriers to quality healthcare in the developing world is the high cost of medicine. This is due, in part, to frequent disruptions in the supply chain. Customers who visit a pharmacy to purchase medicine can’t be guaranteed that the medicine will be something they can afford– or even if the medicine will

Penn Medicine treats two cancer patients with gene-editing tool CRISPR

Clinicians at the University of Pennsylvania have treated two cancer patients with CRISPR, a gene-editing technology that enables precise modifications to DNA. The patients were treated as part of a recently launched U.S. CRISPR study at the Abramson Cancer Center, a Penn Medicine spokesperson confirmed Tuesday. One patient has multiple myeloma, a cancer that forms

2019-04-17T06:53:36-05:00Tags: |

Income Inequality in America: Growth and Statistics

Should you have more money? For decades America has gotten richer and individual workers have gotten more productive. We work longer hours, produce more per hour and raise stock prices to once-unimaginable levels… and almost no one has gotten a meaningful raise since the Carter administration. Income equality has a lot to do with that. What

Your business can do well by doing good

The sustainable development goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development officially came into force in January 2016. These comprise 17 core goals, ranging from ending hunger to stemming climate change, providing a critical roadmap to a sustainable future and more prosperous world. It is clear that governments alone cannot fix these social, environmental,

In debt or struggling to save? Artificial intelligence can help.

Olivia Moore of Chicago was $20,000 in debt when she downloaded Tally, a personal finance app designed to help customers pay off their credit cards. With Tally’s help, in less than two years she was able to cut her debt in half. Similarly, Callie Person of Florida turned to an app called Charlie, and in

Reimagining the Economy: The Social Justice Enterprise

The belief that you can “do good while doing well” has entered the mainstream. Evidence of the trend ranges from the popularity of certifications like B Corp and the institutionalization of social enterprise as an academic field to the popular appetite for critiques of the concept—like that of Anand Giridharadas, in his best-selling book Winners Take

Plastic’s carbon footprint

From campaigns against microplastics to news of the great Pacific garbage patch, public awareness is growing about the outsized effect plastic has on the world's oceans. However, its effect on the air is far less obvious. Plastic production, use, and disposal all emit prodigious amounts of greenhouse gasses, but scientists haven't had a firm grasp

2019-04-16T15:09:17-05:00Tags: |

4 Things That Will Give Employees a Sense of Ownership

You’ve seen the headlines — employee engagement is frighteningly low. In fact, research from Gallup indicates that only  15 percent  of employees globally are engaged in their work. There are numerous strategies intended to combat this apathy and engage employees, but one of the most important involves cultivating a culture of ownership. When employees feel a sense of ownership

Scientists print first 3D heart using patient’s biological materials

In a major medical breakthrough, Tel Aviv University researchers have "printed" the world's first 3D vascularised engineered heart using a patient's own cells and biological materials. Their findings were published on April 15 in a study in Advanced Science. Until now, scientists in regenerative medicine -- a field positioned at the crossroads of biology and

2019-04-16T07:30:47-05:00Tags: |

Penn Med researchers find potential treatment for pancreatic tumors

A new Penn Medicine study found a treatment that shrinks pancreatic tumors in most patients in an early phase clinical trial. Researchers of the Abramson Cancer Center conducted a clinical trial where patients with untreated pancreatic cancer received standard chemotherapy treatments and an experimental antibody targeting CD40 proteins.The clinical trial saw pancreatic tumors shrink in

2019-04-15T07:07:34-05:00Tags: |

The UN’s Global Environmental Outlook Is Grim, But..

The Sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6), the most comprehensive environmental assessment produced by the UN in five years, brought us both good and bad news. The environment has continued to deteriorate since the first GEO-6 report in 1997, with potentially irreversible impacts if not effectively addressed. But pathways to significant change do exist, and a

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