Aortic aneurysm

An aortic aneurysm is a condition in which the wall of the aorta, the main artery in the body, becomes weak and bulges outward. This bulging creates a balloon-like sac that can become larger over time. Aortic aneurysms can occur anywhere along the aorta, but they most commonly develop in the abdomen. If an aortic […]

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Operation Snowball

Operation Snowball is an international alcohol, tobacco and drug-use prevention program founded in Illinois in 1977, focusing on leadership development to encourage young people to avoid taking drugs. The name originates from the idea that having a positive impact on an individual can “snowball” into positive results for an entire community and beyond. Operation Snowball is part-funded by the Illinois Department of

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Monetary authority

A monetary authority is the institution that regulates a country’s currency and money supply, generally with the goal of managing inflation, interest rates, real GDP, or the unemployment rate. A monetary authority can use its monetary instruments to successfully affect the evolution of short-term interest rates, but it can also impact other factors that determine

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Sanitation refers to public health conditions related to clean drinking water and ‘treatment and disposal of human excreta and sewage.’ Preventing human contact with feces is part of sanitation, as is hand washing with soap. Sanitation systems aim to protect human health by providing a clean environment that will stop the transmission of disease, especially

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U.S. state

In the United States, a state is a constituent political entity, of which there are currently 50. Bound together in a political union, each state holds governmental jurisdiction over a separate and defined geographic territory where it shares its sovereignty with the federal government. Due to this shared sovereignty, Americans are citizens both of the federal republic and of the state in which they reside. State citizenship and residency are flexible, and no

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