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The Battle for Sustainable Cities. Although cities occupy only 2 percent of the earth’s land surface, they account for more than 60 percent of energy consumption and 75 percent of carbon emissions. Over 3.5 billion people are city dwellers today, and by 2050 that number is projected to almost double. With figures like these, it’s not a stretch to say that our battle for a sustainable future will be won or lost in our cities. Learn more at greenbiz.com.

Finding Simple Tests For Brain Disorders Turns Out To Be Complex. If you’re having chest pain, your doctor can test you for a heart attack. If you’re having hip pain, your doctor could test for osteoarthritis. But what if you’re depressed? Or anxious? Currently there are no physical tests for most disorders that affect the mind. Lab tests like these could transform the field of mental illness. So far efforts to come up with biomarkers for common mental health disorders have proven largely fruitless. Read more at npr.org

Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) — The Patients’ Perspective. “I know it won’t kill me, but I wish it would. It’s horrible. It’s torture.” Imagine dragging a stiff bristled hair brush across the sole of your foot, over and over for 6 – 8 hours. Now try to imagine that same sensation inside your legs.“It’s like having white face wasps in your leg bones stinging and stinging….People who don’t have it will never, ever, understand the P A I N.” Learn more at forbes.com.

7 keys to foster sustainability teaching at business schools. Many strategies exist for teaching students about sustainable business. Depending upon resource availability and institutional receptivity, centers can offer activities including student clubs, course development and re-training faculty. Find out tips at greenbiz.com.

Are We Underestimating How Much Help Aging Parents Need At Home? Lots of people think of the possibility that their aging parents might need a little help. The parents may be struggling, but don’t want anyone coming into their home.  They say “I’m fine” when their children suggest a helper.  So, they all wait. No one calculates the actual cost of help until a crisis hits. Like a fall and broken hip. After the hospital and then the rehab facility, it’s back home. Then the adult children are shocked to discover that Medicare does not cover a home care worker to be there to help mom with her bath and meal preparation.  Medicare does not cover anything else that is categorized as help with “activities of daily living”. Find out the average annual cost of assisted living at forbes.com.