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Humanity Isn’t All That Bad – 5 Things In Life That Are Getting Better

Given the volume of bad news online today, on TV, or streaming, it’s not surprising that many people feel modern humanity is going down the drain and in a slow, painful spiral of degradation. Overpopulation, novel pandemics, war, crime, irresponsible government, callous capitalism and more are dished out daily through multiple channels. No surprise, folks either turn off the news or resign themselves to enjoying the last few days before the apocalypse arrives and things go all to hell.

Fortunately, however, there are a few things that are going alright and improving humanity’s plight, irrespective of how goofed up everything seems to be according to the 24/7 media. The fact is, much of what gets reported in the news involves momentary blips, which also don’t take into account time-based trends of much larger social shifts.

Health is Up

First off, overall general health for everyone potentially continues to improve. In comparison with the rest of recorded history, humanity is at its highest level of mortality, lowest levels of famine and poverty, and more children are living than ever before. In comparison, the average family had a dozen children in the colonial U.S. because most of them died before age 5. Today, the third decade of the 21st century is producing medical solutions that have actually pushed up how long people live for, on average worldwide.

Having a Child Born is Safer

Believe it or not, up until the 1970s, having a child was a life or death risk. While there are still over 300,000 women who die in childbirth as of 2015, that is an incredibly smaller number than what was happening in the first half of the 20th century. Even earlier was worse. For example, in the year 1800, the average loss of a woman to childbirth was one out of every hundred women in Scandinavian Europe. It was worse elsewhere. A big leap forward happened when hospitals began requiring sanitization and extreme hygiene in the medical environment. The second big leap happened when pre-birth medical care became its own discipline, gaining critical attention from doctors.

Poverty is Shrinking

If one looked at the TV, he or she could be forgiven for thinking that only the U.S. and Europe have people living above the poverty line. In reality, a large number of countries have shifted into the middle development stage, improving the lives of millions in the process. Measured statistically, the number of people actually poor by definition to the point of poverty had decreased to 10 percent of the world’s population in 2015. Some 65 years earlier, that figure was 42 percent. Again, the big drivers for this increased personal wealth distribution have been improved healthcare, technology, development, and travel. 100 years ago, it was unheard of for most people to leave their town, much less their country. Today, people relocate every five years for opportunity, jobs, relationships, retirement and more. Doing so changes their life situation and provides more ways to succeed versus being stuck in a stagnant old location.

Disease is Less Deadly

While COVID-19 has been a recent exception, overall disease has become less fatal. People still get sick, many seriously, but the mortality of disease has fallen as well. Access to pharmaceuticals has made a huge difference, expanding the reach of medicine exponentially.

So yes, news on the TV is 99 percent bad most times, but in the big picture, humanity is actually succeeding and growing.


Teen Overcomes Rare Disease with Innovative Treatment at Royal Stoke

Shannon Jackson



A 13-year-old girl named Kai Xue has become the first person to recover from a rare and challenging medical condition known as Wild syndrome, thanks to groundbreaking treatment at Royal Stoke University Hospital. This condition, which affects only 21 people globally, leads to severe swelling due to lymphatic fluid accumulating in the abdomen, along with the growth of warts.

Kai’s journey to recovery was long and involved many hospital visits. Her condition puzzled many doctors until she was referred to Royal Stoke, where a revolutionary procedure was performed. The doctors at the hospital managed to block and fix a leak in her liver, which was crucial for treating her symptoms. After five intense weeks of care, Kai was able to go home.

Her mother, Ning Chen, shared their relief and happiness about finally finding a cure after years of searching. “After visiting numerous hospitals and trying various treatments, including trips to China, it’s almost unbelievable that we are finally heading home cured,” she said.

Dr. Mona Mossad, a leading expert in lymphatic interventions, played a key role in this medical breakthrough. Initially, the team tried to enhance lymphatic drainage by dilating Kai’s thoracic duct, a method previously attempted with limited success in adults in the UK. When this did not yield the desired results, further tests pointed them towards a leak in Kai’s liver.

This discovery led to a complex procedure involving the use of specially ordered tiny needles to work on Kai’s smaller, delicate vessels. The successful repair involved sealing off the leak with a special surgical adhesive and draining an extensive 28 liters of fluid from Kai’s abdomen.

Dr. Yvonne Slater, a consultant paediatric gastroenterologist, expressed joy over Kai’s recovery. “It’s a monumental achievement for Kai, being the first child globally to undergo and recover from this procedure,” she stated.

Ning Chen couldn’t be more grateful to the medical team and staff at the hospital. “Kai means the world to me, and I am so thankful to everyone who has supported us through this journey,” she said, praising the exceptional care and effort provided by the hospital staff.

Kai’s successful treatment marks a significant milestone in medical history, offering hope and a potential new treatment path for others suffering from similar rare conditions.

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A Century of Achievement: 100-Year-Old WWII Veteran Receives College Diploma After 60 Years

Kevin Wells



Jack Milton, a remarkable 100-year-old World War II veteran, experienced a momentous occasion that many only dream of: receiving his college diploma, a milestone that was 60 years in the making. At a special ceremony held at the University of Maryland Global Campus, Milton was not only there to celebrate his centennial birthday and his contributions to the school but also received an unexpected graduation ceremony.

Milton’s journey in education has been long and storied. He enrolled at the University of Maryland in the 1960s, back when it was known as the University of Maryland, University College. While working at the Pentagon, he pursued his studies diligently and earned enough credits to qualify for a Bachelor of Arts degree by 1966.

However, life had other plans for Milton. Before he could walk across the graduation stage, he was deployed to Vietnam, a turn of events that deeply affected him. “On my way to Southeast Asia, I had many thoughts about not being there to see my fellow graduates,” Milton shared with Fox 5 DC. This unfulfilled aspect of his life lingered with him over the decades.

The university recognized the importance of honoring Milton’s academic achievements and his extraordinary life. At the ceremony, President Gregory Fowler, PhD, expressed the honor he felt in presenting Milton with his long-overdue diploma and graduation cap. “I hereby confer upon John L. Milton the degree of bachelor of arts with all the rights and privileges thereto and pertaining. Congratulations,” Fowler declared.

Reflecting on the moment, Milton expressed a profound sense of gratitude and closure. “I’ve had many ceremonies throughout my life, fortunately, to celebrate many occasions, but this has to be the tops,” he remarked. “I feel like this is the finale of a long journey in education — and again, I keep using the word appreciative, but I can’t think of any other word.”

This special graduation marks not just the culmination of a long-awaited academic achievement for Milton but also symbolizes his resilience and dedication across a century of life’s challenges and triumphs. His story is an inspiring reminder of the enduring value of education and the importance of recognizing and celebrating every milestone, no matter how delayed.

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Solar Balconies Spark Interest in Germany: A Fresh Approach to Home Energy

Kelly Taylor



Solar balconies are catching on quickly in Germany, where homeowners are tapping into solar power right from their balconies. This trend is part of a broader shift toward using every possible space for solar energy production, including unusual places like train tracks and car roofs.

In Germany, over 400,000 small solar systems are now installed, mainly on balconies. These systems are straightforward, usually involving one or two panels that plug directly into a household socket, making them easier to set up compared to larger rooftop installations. Despite their size, they still contribute significantly to the country’s energy needs, producing about 10% of what a full rooftop system can generate.

Balcony solar systems are especially appealing to those who rent or live in apartments where rooftop solar isn’t possible due to various restrictions like building heritage or roof conditions. These systems not only lower electricity bills but also allow more people to participate in the move toward renewable energy.

The appeal of balcony solar is reinforced by the German government’s supportive policies. Financial incentives, such as subsidies and the elimination of VAT on these systems, make them an attractive investment. These policies have spurred a rapid increase in installations, particularly in urban areas where traditional rooftop solar is less feasible.

Balcony solar systems come with some considerations. They are generally safe and easy to install, but proper mounting is crucial to avoid accidents. Innovations in solar technology continue to improve these systems, including options for small-scale storage and apps that help users track electricity production.

As solar technology evolves, balcony systems are proving to be a smart and accessible choice for city dwellers eager to reduce their carbon footprint and save on energy costs.

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Lights Out for Texas Skies: Saving Billions of Birds on Migration

Renee Yates



Millions of birds take flight across Texas each spring, but their journeys can be perilous. Illuminated skyscrapers pose a deadly threat, attracting and disorienting birds during their nighttime migrations.

A tragic incident in 2017 highlighted the danger. Hundreds of migrating birds perished after colliding with a brightly lit skyscraper in Galveston. This event spurred a collaborative effort to protect these feathered travelers.

The culprit: artificial lights. Birds navigate by starlight, and the urban glow disrupts their internal compass. They may become confused and drawn towards the lights, leading to collisions with buildings.

Inspired by successful campaigns in other cities, the Houston Audubon Society joined forces with American National Insurance, the occupant of the ill-fated skyscraper. Together, they implemented a solution: turning off non-essential lights during peak migration seasons.

This simple yet effective strategy became the foundation for “Lights Out, Texas!” – a statewide initiative encouraging building owners and businesses to dim the lights at night. The program runs from March to June for spring migration and August to November for fall migration.

While conclusive data in Texas is still emerging, similar initiatives elsewhere have shown promising results. In Chicago, a 60% reduction in bird deaths was observed after dimming lights during migration.

The “Lights Out, Texas!” campaign is gaining momentum, with participation from major cities across the state. Volunteer birdwatchers also play a crucial role, monitoring bird interactions with urban environments and providing valuable data.

Texas serves as a vital stopover for countless songbirds like warblers and sparrows. By dimming the lights, Texas is creating a safer passage for these feathered voyagers on their epic journeys.

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Six-Year-Old Willow Hamrick Celebrated at the Walk to Cure Arthritis This Weekend

Kelly Taylor



Willow Hamrick, a spirited six-year-old, is being honored this weekend at the annual Walk to Cure Arthritis for her brave fight against the condition. Diagnosed at just three years old, Willow has faced the challenges of arthritis with remarkable courage. Currently a first grader at Nolensville Elementary, she frequently misses school for medical appointments and undergoes weekly injections to manage her symptoms.

Her mother, Kelsey, reflects on the journey, describing it as a rollercoaster of emotions. However, she proudly notes that Willow has become adept at handling her treatment regimen, calling her a “rock star” when it comes to taking her shots.

Willow will serve as the youth honoree at the event, which is set to take place at Centennial Park on Sunday at 1 pm. The Walk to Cure Arthritis is a key fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation, supporting vital research aimed at finding a cure for the disease that affects one in four adults and over 300,000 children in the U.S.

While participation in the walk is free, attendees are encouraged to donate in honor of Willow or others affected by arthritis. Willow herself has contributed significantly, raising over $3,000 for the foundation.

Despite her condition, Willow remains active and enthusiastic, enjoying gymnastics, art, and quality time with friends and family. She is determined not to let arthritis hold her back, embodying resilience and hope for many others facing similar battles.

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