Good News Friday

  • Between 1989 and 2023, more than 5.8 million cancer deaths have been avoided in the EU. Annals of Oncology.
  • India’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign saved 3.4 million lives and prevented $18.3 billion of economic losses. The Times of India.
  • Child mortality in Kenya declined by 22% between 2014 and 2022. Down To Earth.
  • Child mortality rates in Tanzania have dropped to 43 per 1,000 live births in 2022 from 147 per 1,000 births in 1999. The Citizen.
  • Uganda has registered a 37 percent decline in annual HIV/Aids deaths. The East African.
  • The majority of countries now guarantee paid paternity leave. Axios.
  • Between 1970 and 2023, the occupational death rate in construction declined by almost 80%, and during the same period the injury rate declined seven-fold. Construction Physics.
  • Major crimes in the New York City subway system dropped by 9.1% in February, part of a larger 19.4% decline so far in 2023. Pix 11.
  • A single injection of stem cells slashes risk of heart attack or stroke by 58%. Freethink.
  • Scientists breed flame-resistant cotton. Freethink.
  • Tirzepatide: a diabetes medication that also reduces obesity better than any other weight loss drug. Big Think.
  • In 2022, benevolent acts like donating, volunteering, and helping a stranger were up about a quarter over pre-pandemic times. World Happiness Report.
  • FCC orders phone companies to block scam text messages. Ars Technica.
  • New Mexico governor signs bill ending juvenile life sentences without parole. CNN.
  • Smoking rates declined by around one-fifth in Cambodia. Modern Ghana.
  • 25 years after routine vaccination in the United States, rates of chickenpox have declined by over 97%. Chickenpox has been eliminated as a cause of death for people under 20. Scientific Discovery.
  • Free childcare expanded in England. BBC.

For more good news, check out The Progress Network, and Future Crunch.

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