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The federal poverty line struggles to capture the economic hardship that half of Americans face

By: - November 11, 2021

By Celine-Marie Pascale, American University Michael Chase works two jobs in southeast Ohio: one as a hotel night clerk and one as retail support – sorting through donations, setting new merchandise out, cleaning – at a nonprofit. His schedule is not fixed in either job, and his hours are not guaranteed. Some weeks he works […]

Despite restraints, Democrats’ drug pricing plan could still aid consumers

By: - November 8, 2021

By Michael McAuliff, Kaiser Health News The Medicare prescription drug pricing plan Democrats unveiled this week is not nearly as ambitious as many lawmakers sought, but they and drug policy experts say the provisions crack open the door to reforms that could have dramatic effects. Tamping down drug expenses has been a longtime rallying cry for consumers beset […]

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Climate change is a justice issue – these 6 charts show why

By: - November 5, 2021

By Sonja Klinsky, Arizona State University Climate change has hit home around the world in 2021 with record heat waves, droughts, wildfires and extreme storms. Often, the people suffering most from the effects of climate change are those who have done the least to cause it. To reduce climate change and protect those who are […]

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The American founders didn’t believe your sacred freedom means you can do whatever you want

By: - October 28, 2021

By Maurizio Valsania, Università di Torino President Joe Biden has mandated vaccines for a large part of the American workforce, a requirement that has prompted protest from those opposed to the measure. Meanwhile, a similar move in New York City to enforce vaccinations has resulted in more than a dozen businesses’ being fined for flouting […]

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An infectious disease expert explains new rules on ‘mix-and-match’ vaccine booster shots

By: - October 25, 2021

By Glenn J. Rapsinski, University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Many Americans now have the green light to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster – and the flexibility to receive a different brand than the original vaccine they received. On the heels of the Food and Drug Administration’s Sept. 22, 2021, emergency use authorization of a third […]

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Here’s how global climate negotiations work and what’s expected from the Glasgow summit

By: - October 22, 2021

By Shelley Inglis, University of Dayton Over two weeks in November, world leaders and national negotiators will meet in Scotland to discuss what to do about climate change. It’s a complex process that can be hard to make sense of from the outside, but it’s how international law and institutions help solve problems that no […]

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As a patriot and Black man, Colin Powell embodied the two-ness of the African American experience

By: - October 20, 2021

By Chad Williams, Brandeis University Colin Powell knew where he fit in American history. The former secretary of state – who died on Oct. 18, 2021, at 84 as a result of COVID-19 complications – was a pioneer: the first Black national security advisor in U.S. history, the first Black chairman of the joint chiefs […]

Insurance focused on virtual visits? The pros and cons of a new twist in health plans

By: - October 19, 2021

By Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, people often relied on telemedicine for doctor visits. Now, insurers are betting that some patients liked it enough to embrace new types of health coverage that encourages video visits — or outright insists on them. Priority Health in Michigan, for example, offers […]

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How many lives have coronavirus vaccines saved? Here’s what research has found

By: - October 18, 2021

By Sumedha Gupta, IUPUI More than 200 million U.S. residents have gotten at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine with the expectation that the vaccines slow virus transmission and save lives. Researchers know the efficacy of the vaccines from large-scale clinical trials, the gold standard for medical research. The studies found the vaccines to […]

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The most powerful space telescope ever built will look back to the Dark Ages of the universe

By: - October 15, 2021

By Chris Impey, University of Arizona Some have called NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope the “telescope that ate astronomy.” It is the most powerful space telescope ever built and a complex piece of mechanical origami that has pushed the limits of human engineering. On Dec. 18, 2021, after years of delays and billions of dollars […]

Red flag laws in U.S. saving lives, but underutilized. Ohio proposal stalled

By: - October 14, 2021

By Matt Vasilogambros, Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts If you or someone you know is concerned about domestic violence, you can call 800-799-SAFE (7233) or visit TheHotline.org for confidential help. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 800-273-8255. Alyssa Shaw’s job is to guide Seattle-area residents through what can be one of the […]

Bus driver shortage stresses rural school districts

By: - October 14, 2021

By Aallyah Wright, Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts Weeks into the school year, rural school districts remain especially hard hit by the national school bus driver shortage that gained widespread attention late this summer. Bus routes have been shortened or extended, drivers are working longer hours, and in some cases administrators, mechanics […]