• Nearly 600,000 children die annually from breathing toxic air

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    Nearly 600,000 children die annually from breathing toxic air

    Nearly 600,000 children under the age of 5 die every year from diseases caused by air pollution.

    And millions more live in places where they could easily meet the same fate.

    According to a new report published by the United Nations Children’s Fund, about 300 million kids around the world are breathing highly toxic air. The report cites numbers from 2012.

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    The majority of these children live in South Asia, where air pollution has reached levels at least six times higher than what the World Health Organization has deemed safe.

    Because young kids’ lungs and brains are still developing, toxic air can cause serious health problems.

    More from Newsy: Air Pollution Is Letting Teeny, Tiny, Toxic Particles Into Your Brain

    Tiny particles found in air pollution can enter the bloodstream and increase the risk for cardiac disease, stroke, heart failure, asthma and pneumonia, among other issues.

    It even affects children who haven’t been born yet. The report says pollutants can harm a developing baby’s lungs …read more  

  • What your taste in candy says about you

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    What your taste in candy says about you

    If you’re a chocolate addict, we have to split you into two camps: dark chocolate and milk chocolate.

    According to Thought Catalog, if you’re a dark chocolate lover, it means you have refined tastes and may not necessarily have a “sweet tooth”. If you’re a milk chocolate lover AOL says you like to be the center of attention.

    If lollipops are your fave, it means that you like to think things over and don’t make impulsive decisions, according to M Magazine.

    According to the American Licorice Co, if you like red licorice You’re probably practical and down-to-earth.and if black licorice is your jam, You’re likely a little wild and a bit of a thrill-seeker.

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    Starburst lovers tend to enjoying taking risks and trying out new, artistic fields says The Kitchn.

    And if you can eat a bag of Gummy Bears in one sitting Bustle says you are a “kid at heart.” Gummy bear fans are good in a group, but can sometimes have a my-way-or-the-highway attitude.

    But remember no matter what candy you love, everything …read more  

  • 39 million Americans could be affected by Hillary Clinton's Medicare plan — Will you be one of them?

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    39 million Americans could be affected by Hillary Clinton's Medicare plan — Will you be one of them?

    Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton promises to change Medicare in perhaps the most drastic way since the program was created in 1965. At least 39 million Americans could be affected by this Medicare change right out of the gate if it’s implemented. Maybe even you.

    Medicare Middle Aged Couple

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    Lowering the bar

    Currently, Medicare eligibility is limited to Americans age 65 or older except for individuals with disabilities or end stage renal disease. Clinton wants to expand the number of people enrolled in the federal healthcare program by lowering the age requirement to 55.

    Details of Clinton’s plan haven’t been announced yet. Her written public position only says that she will “expand Medicare by allowing people 55 years or older to opt in while protecting the traditional Medicare program.” While this statement doesn’t shed much light on how the proposed approach will work, two things are clear. First, …read more