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Five on Friday: World Chagas Disease Day 2023

   Five on Friday: World Chagas Day

It’s that time of the week again! Finally, Friday! With the weekend just around the corner, MCN staff share stories they feel everyone should read. Today, we discuss migration, the dangers of heat in the workplace, and the future of care for a variety of diseases. Join us in reading our picks for this week’s Five on Friday. 

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Triatomine bug

Del reminded us that today is World Chagas Day. Every year, Chagas disease kills around 12,000 people. With the climate crisis, the range of triatomine bugs, or kissing bugs, that carry the parasites which cause Chagas is growing. This year, the focus is on identifying chagas on the primary health care level and treating Chagas before it becomes a crisis. World Chagas Disease Day 2023 To Focus On Integrating Universal Care At Primary Level | Mirage News

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Mexico America Border

Submitted by Alma, this New Yorker piece follows the stories of “return migrants” in Mexico who lived much of their lives in the U.S. They face discrimination and hardship, often feeling out of place and facing countless barriers in Mexico. Fighting for the Right to Come and Go | The New Yorker

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The women who authored the book featured in the article

A common myth is that immigrants are bad for the economy, draining public funds. This could not be farther from the truth. Jillian sent an article showing that immigrants pay more in taxes than they receive in benefits, unlike U.S. born workers. How immigrants' taxes are key to U.S. fiscal health (

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Warehouse workers

It’s getting hotter, and indoor laborers still lack protections. Kaethe shared an editorial showing that even in states with some basic regulations to protect outdoor laborers, heat can still be a serious danger for workers in warehouses. Indoor workers need protection too. Editorial: California needs extreme heat rules to protect workers - Los Angeles Times (

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 A person being vaccinated

Weekly Win: Sent in by Karen, Cancer and heart disease are leading killers in the U.S., but a variety of vaccines to protect people from different types of tumors may be coming by the end of the decade. This same technology could be used for heart and autoimmune diseases. Cancer and heart disease vaccines ‘ready by end of the decade’ | Cancer | The Guardian

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Have a safe and healthy weekend!