News Above the Noise: Week of March 12, 2023
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1. Here’s What’s In Biden’s Budget Proposal
President Joe Biden outlined his annual spending plan this week, detailing his policy priorities for the upcoming year. While the proposed budget is unlikely to pass through the U.S. House of Representatives, it provides a framework for political debates to come on Capitol Hill. Read all about what’s inside Biden’s budget, including his thoughts on items such as the debt ceiling, expanded child tax credit, and paid family and medical leave, on CNN.
2. More Single Women Than Ever Are In The Workforce, But They’re Still Earning Less Than Single Men
Despite a record 52 percent of women in America being unmarried, the country’s wage gap between men and women has remained stagnant for the past 15 years. Learn about how this discrepancy leads to less spending power and wealth for women, as well as what more single women means for the U.S. economy, on The Washington Post.
3. Could Mediterranean And MIND Diets Help Reduce Brain Plaques?
More than 55 million people globally are diagnosed with dementia, which includes Alzheimer’s disease. Key indicators of Alzheimer’s are plaques and tangles in the brain, and new research shows that what we eat could play a part in reducing them. Scientists from Rush University have found a link between the MIND diet or the Mediterranean diet and Alzheimer’s. See more in Medical News Today about the differences between these eating patterns and what they could mean for brain health.
4. Daylight Saving Starts Sunday As Congress Considers Permanent Change
The bi-annual time change takes place this Sunday, but more than two-thirds of Americans want to stop switching their clocks and some lawmakers hope it's the last time we “spring forward.” Today, clocks are being set forward by one hour, meaning we “lose” an hour of sleep, as we return to daylight saving time following four months of standard time. Find out more on Axios about the argument for making daylight saving time permanent and the federal and state legislations currently in the works.
5. Justin Bieber And Dianne Feinstein Got Shingles. What Causes It?
About one third of people in the United States will develop shingles, a painful condition that can go on for weeks or months, at some point in their lives. Singer Justin Bieber and Senator Dianne Feinstein are no exception, with each recently experiencing health issues related to a shingles outbreak. Common questions about shingles, the symptoms, causes, and getting vaccinated are answered in this article on The Washington Post.