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COVID brings front and center the tug between individual rights and the public good

By: - August 11, 2021

By Janice Ellis It seems that getting control of the coronavirus has brought front and center the question: When should an individual’s right become more important than what is in the best health and welfare of the people, the country? The Bill of Rights places high priority on individual freedoms — the bedrock of our democracy that […]

Laws for prescription drug brokers could soon have teeth

By: - August 10, 2021

By Michael Ollove from Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts Buoyed by a major, unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruling, some states are pressing ahead with efforts to rein in one of the most obscure — but also most potent — players in the prescription drug supply chain. Pharmacy benefit managers, known as PBMs, […]

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IPCC Authors: This is the most sobering report card yet on climate change and Earth’s future

By: - August 10, 2021

By Pep Canadell, CSIRO; Joelle Gergis, Australian National University; Malte Meinshausen, The University of Melbourne; Mark Hemer, CSIRO, and Michael Grose, CSIRO Earth has warmed 1.09℃ since pre-industrial times and many changes such as sea-level rise and glacier melt are now virtually irreversible, according to the most sobering report yet by the Intergovernmental Panel on […]

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2+2=? Senate uses murky math as it shelves drug pricing rule to fund infrastructure

By: - August 6, 2021

By Michael McAuliff, Kaiser Health News The Senate’s release of its bipartisan infrastructure plan signals that lawmakers are poised to throw former President Donald Trump’s belated bid to lower Medicare drug prices under the bus — not to mention trains, bridges, tunnels and broadband connections. That’s because the massive spending bill is the first of […]

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Dr. Jonas Salk, pictured here, developed the polio vaccine, which has saved millions of lives. A simple story about a polio victim changed the writer’s mind. Photo courtesy of the Senator John Heinz History Center.

I was an evangelical and an anti-vaxxer; here’s what changed — Essay

By: - August 5, 2021

By Julie M. Bach As hospitals again fill up with COVID-19 cases, the vaccinated are getting angrier at the unvaccinated. I get the anger. I also get what it feels like to be on the other side. Being an anti-vaxxer is a lot like being an evangelical Christian, and I’ve been both. In the evangelical […]

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Sex trafficking isn’t what you think: 4 myths debunked

By: - August 3, 2021

By Corinne Schwarz, Oklahoma State University The idea that sex trafficking is an urgent social problem is woven into American media stories, from reports of Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz’s alleged trafficking of teenage girls to debunked QAnon conspiracy theories about a sexual slavery ring run through online retailer Wayfair. The common perception of sex […]

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COVID-19 could cause male infertility and sexual dysfunction – but vaccines do not

By: - August 2, 2021

By Ranjith Ramasamy, University of Miami Contrary to myths circulating on social media, COVID-19 vaccines do not cause erectile dysfunction and male infertility. What is true: SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, poses a risk for both disorders. Until now, little research has been done on how the virus or the vaccines affect the male […]

What is a breakthrough infection? 6 questions answered about catching COVID-19 after vaccination

By: - July 30, 2021

By Sanjay Mishra, PhD, Vanderbilt University If you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, maybe you figured you no longer need to worry about contracting the coronavirus. But along with the rising number of new COVID-19 cases globally and growing concern about highly transmissible strains like the delta variant come reports of fully vaccinated people testing […]

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Why the U.S. won’t be able to shirk moral responsibility in leaving Afghanistan

By: - July 23, 2021

By Michael Blake, University of Washington The majority of the remaining American troops in Afghanistan were withdrawn recently, with the rest due to leave by the end of August 2021. This withdrawal marks the end of nearly 20 years of American military presence in Afghanistan. Support for the withdrawal is widespread in the United States, […]

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We are all propagandists now

By: - July 22, 2021

By Jennifer Mercieca, Texas A&M University The U.S. is in an information war with itself. The public sphere, where Americans discuss public issues, is broken. There’s little discussion – and lots of fighting. One reason why: Persuasion is difficult, slow and time-consuming – it doesn’t make good television or social media content – and so […]

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My daughter is enrolled in Pfizer’s vaccine trial because I don’t trust COVID

By: - July 21, 2021

By Taylor Hirth On a sunny Wednesday a little over a month ago, my 7-year-old daughter bravely held my hand as we walked into Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City to participate in a pediatric vaccine trial.  After a numbing agent, a blood draw and a nasal swab, she was finally injected with either a placebo […]

U.S. Senate Democrats push voting rights bills, lambast Georgia election law

By: - July 20, 2021

By Stanley Dunlap, Georgia Recorder/States Newsroom If the rules in Georgia’s controversial 2021 voting overhaul were in place before last November’s historic U.S. Senate races were pushed to Jan. 5 runoffs, then 76,000 residents who cast their ballots would’ve been unable to register in time for the second round. A U.S. Senate committee gathered in […]