News Above the Noise—Week of October 22, 2023
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1. Can the U.S. Afford to Help Its Allies?
On Friday, President Joe Biden requested $105 billion from Congress for national security. The package includes military and humanitarian assistance for the conflicts in Ukraine and Israel. The sizeable request will likely re-ignite the debate about whether the United States is spending too much abroad, but as David Frum wrote in The Atlantic this week, not only can the U.S. afford to help its allies, it can’t afford not to.
2. Strokes Are More Common and More Serious in Women
For years now, researchers have been sounding the alarm that the incidence of strokes—which occur when the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the brain is cut off—is increasing. This week, scientists published a report that predicted stroke deaths would increase by about 50 percent by the year 2050, and women may be at particular risk. This New York Times article has all the information you need on how to calculate your personal risk, and what you can do to prevent stroke.
3. Older Adults Share "You Need To Know This" Lessons for Young Adults
There’s no denying life often feels difficult these days—or that those who are older (and wiser) can offer all of us some insights and advice on how to navigate rough waters. When one Reddit user asked the 55-plus set for their best advice for those under age 25, some serious gems of wisdom ensued. To read through 17 of those responses filled with words of wisdom, click here.