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We're failing to address seniors' social isolation, a serious public health threat, according to a new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

Details: The report concluded that almost a quarter of Americans 65 and older who live in community settings have few relationships or infrequent social contact, the Wall Street Journal reports.

  • Research has shown that isolation is associated with an increased risk of early death.

It calls for HHS to create a national resource center for treating the issue, and for health care providers to monitor their patients for signs of loneliness.

  • It also said that Medicaid and private insurance, which are already increasingly addressing social determinants of health, should also address loneliness and isolation.

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Jun 5, 2020 - Sports

Michael Jordan pledges $100M to racial equality

Michael Jordan at a memorial for Kobe & Gianna Bryant on February 24 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Michael Jordan and the Jordan Brand announced on Friday plans for a $100 million donation over the next decade "to organizations dedicated to ensuring racial equality, social justice and greater access to education."

Driving the news: Following George Floyd's killing and 11 days worth of Black Lives Matter protests in cities across the country, a variety of current and former athletes have also called for social justice reform.

Jun 6, 2020 - Health

WSJ: Students and teachers flunked remote learning

In Brighton, Mass., Jose Escobar holds a laptop his school gave him for remote learning. Photo: Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

With the school year winding down, the grade from teachers, students, parents and administrators is in for America's involuntary crash course on remote learning: It was a failure, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The big picture: By mid-March, least 57,000 K-12 schools across the U.S. had already closed or were planning to close for weeks at a time due to the novel coronavirus — affecting at least 25 million students.

WSJ: Trump orders thousands of U.S. troops to withdraw from Germany

Military personnel unload M1 Abrams Fighting tanks of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, and other U.S. military equipment at the Port of Bremerhaven in Germany on February 21. Photo: Patrik Stollarz/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump recently directed the Pentagon to move 9,500 troops out of Germany by September, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing government officials.

The big picture, via Axios' Jonathan Swan: This is a decision that Trump has long discussed privately. He gave a somewhat surprising answer in 2018 when Axios asked about the value of a U.S. military presence in Europe, by saying that the troops provided some psychological and military value for the U.S. But his instincts were always to draw down.