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Products that whiten skin may be changing their names but they’re still selling whiteness through coded words and unchanged pharmaceutical formulas. (Shutterstock)

What you need to know about rebranded skin-whitening creams

Even as skin-whitening products rebrand, they are still selling racism under the guise of wellness and youth.
At least 21 states have taken actions within the last four months to limit the liability of health care providers related to the coronavirus. David Ramos/Getty Images

States are making it harder to sue nursing homes over COVID-19: Why immunity from lawsuits is a problem

Nearly half the states have reduced liability for health care providers at a time when nursing home regulation is declining and families can't visit loved ones for fear of spreading the coronavirus.
Mary-Lou McCullagh, 83, inside her Ventura, California home, in isolation because of COVID-19. She and her husband Bob, 84, greet the little boy who lives across the street. Getty Images / Brent Stirton

Out with the old: Coronavirus highlights why we need new names for aging

What's in a word? Plenty, when it comes to the choices we use to describe people over 60. Stigma against older people that has been evident during the COVID-19 pandemic shows why it's time to change.
The Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington, had the first known COVID-19 outbreak in a U.S. nursing home. In Massachusetts, one-third of nursing homes now have more than 30 COVID-19 cases. Jason Redmond/AFP/Getty Images

Failure to count COVID-19 nursing home deaths could dramatically skew US numbers

The government doesn't know how many people have died of COVID-19, in part because it didn't require nursing homes to report cases to the CDC. In some states, over half of deaths are in nursing homes.
The annual report from Canada’s prison watchdog paints a bleak picture of a prison system where violence between and against prisoners is concerning. (Shutterstock)

Canadian penitentiaries: Dangerous for aging and palliative prisoners

This year's oversight report into the penitentiary system shows that long-standing problems have become entrenched in Canada's federal prisons.
The stress over their ability to swallow can provoke a great deal of anxiety in patients. eyepark/Shutterstock.com

Assisted dying is not the easy way out

Nine states and the District of Columbia currently have laws that permit assisted dying, but the laws are so restrictive that they are often more hurdle than help.

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