If the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is right, the total outstanding student loan debt in the United States now stands at above $1 trillion dollars. In economic terms, that changes very little about what we already knew regarding college borrowing. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York had previously pegged the figure at $870 billion by the end of 2011. Either number would be larger than America’s collective credit card balance.
But psychologically, it’s a sad threshold. A trillion dollars — it brings home just how enormous the burden is quickly becoming. […]
And so we’ve reached a point where two-thirds of college seniors now graduate in debt, where a total of 37 million Americans now owe money on their education. Sixty-seven percent are between the ages of 18 and 39, but recent research suggests the fastest growing group of borrowers may bein middle age — people who have been laid off from jobs or are afraid their professional skills aren’t fresh enough to keep up with a changing economy. Among all borrowers, the median balance is $12,800. Thanks to a select group of students who are deeply in debt, the average is skewed higher, at $28,000. For young graduates — or dropouts, for that matter — the debt will drag on their finances well into adulthood. For the adults, it’s an investment they may not have a time to recoup.
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Most gynecologists don’t ask patients about their sexual orientation or if they’re having sexual problems, a new study finds. That makes it hard for women to get appropriate medical care, the researchers say.
“How can we provide comprehensive care for our patients if we don’t know their sexual orientation?” asks Stacy Tessler Lindau, an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Chicago, and an author of the study, which waspublished in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. It surveyed 1,154 physicians around the country on how they communicate with patients.
The national dialogue on the obesity epidemic continues, but city leaders in Long Beach are moving past the talk and springing into action with a citywide mission to get people moving. This past month, city officials agreed to pass legislation for a new initiative, called “Move Long Beach,” that would make exercise and nutrition part of the city’s master plan.
Because key provisions of the law have yet to kick in, relatively few people have benefited from it thus far, making Democrats’ defense of it a tough sell.
LAKEPORT, Calif. – Facing new federal health care requirements for employers, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday appointed a task force of county officials to address the law’s implementation.
Markets in East L.A. get public health makeover
Three years ago, the county Department of Public Health surveyed 1.3 million adults living in the department’s eastern district, which includes Boyle Heights and unincorporated East Los Angeles. The agency found that more than 25% of those polled had been diagnosed with high cholesterol and 30% with hypertension, both often tied to obesity.
A program operated by the UCLA-USC Center for Population Health and Health Disparities and funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute is hoping to change these statistics by giving local markets in East LA a makeover.
Since the mid-eighties, the pool of traditional foster families has been shrinking. Child welfare agencies started looking to relatives or people connected to the family as an alternative to foster parents, and family members started raising kids - but didn’t get the state support that foster parents did.
Can USC Grow without Devouring the Neighborhood?
SC is planning what local officials call the biggest project in South Los Angeles in a generation — 35 acres, complete with restaurants, shops, a six-screen theater, faculty office space and student housing. Will gentrification push local residents out, or is the university — often accused of ignoring its neighbors — be doing them a favor?