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Op-Ed Contributors: Our Hackable Political Future

February 5, 2018

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/04/opinion/hacking-politics-future.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Imagine the day when operatives can create fake video of their enemies. That day is here.

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Our Hackable Political Future

February 4, 2018

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/04/opinion/hacking-politics-future.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Imagine the day when operatives can create fake video of their enemies. That day is here.

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Economic Scene: Is the Populist Revolt Over? Not if Robots Have Their Way

January 31, 2018

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/30/business/economy/populist-politics-globalization.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Job-killing imports from China gave rise to the dynamics that led to President Trump’s election. Artificial intelligence could provide the next wave.

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Economic Scene: After Globalization, a New Specter Could Feed Populist Politics

January 30, 2018

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/30/business/economy/populist-politics-globalization.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Job-killing imports from China gave rise to the dynamics that led to President Trump’s election. Artificial intelligence could provide the next wave.

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Doomsday Clock Is Set at 2 Minutes to Midnight, Closest Since 1950s

January 25, 2018

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/25/world/americas/doomsday-clock-nuclear-scientists.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The “clock,” kept by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, is a symbolic measurement of scientists’ concerns about disaster.

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Op-Ed Columnist: How Democracies Perish

January 12, 2018

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/11/opinion/how-democracies-perish.html?partner=rss&emc=rss A new book is a challenge to those who want to revive the liberal democratic order.

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White voters are moving to the South — and making it more Democratic

January 2, 2018

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2018/01/02/white-voters-are-moving-to-the-south-and-making-it-more-democratic/ Boosts in black turnout are affecting election results. But so is white migration.

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Unfiltered Fervor: The Rush to Get Off the Water Grid

December 30, 2017

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/29/dining/raw-water-unfiltered.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Driven by misgivings about how tap water is treated, start-ups are turning to springs and the air for purer sources — and drawing an elite audience.

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Americans are dying younger than people in other rich nations

December 27, 2017

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/12/27/americans-are-dying-younger-than-people-in-other-rich-nations/ Violence and the mess that is the United States’ healthcare system and social safety net contribute to a declining life expectancy.

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Global Health: Measles Deaths Fall to a Record Low Worldwide

December 27, 2017

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/26/health/measles-deaths-vaccination.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Thanks to vaccines, the disease — which not long ago killed over 2 million children a year — now kills fewer than 100,000, the W.H.O. reported.

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Fueled by drug crisis, U.S. life expectancy declines for a second straight year

December 21, 2017

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/fueled-by-drug-crisis-us-life-expectancy-declines-for-a-second-straight-year/2017/12/20/2e3f8dea-e596-11e7-ab50-621fe0588340_story.html The United States had not seen two years of declining life expectancy since 1962 and 1963, when influenza caused an inordinate number of deaths.

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In more than half of states, education spending dropped from 2008 to 2015

December 3, 2017

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/in-more-than-half-of-states-education-spending-dropped-from-2008-to-2015/2017/12/03/1cfeb7a0-d6fe-11e7-95bf-df7c19270879_story.html The decline was more than 20 percent in some states.

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How Social Media Is Leveling the Playing Field Between Governments, Militants, and Ordinary People

November 25, 2017

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https://theintercept.com/2017/11/25/information-warfare-social-media-book-review-gaza/ Decades before smartphones, the internet, and social media, the philosopher Marshall McLuhan, who worked on media theory, predicted a future world war fought using information. While World War I and World War II were waged using armies and mobilized economies, “World War III [will be] a guerrilla information war with no division between military […]

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The difference between night and day is disappearing, scientists warn

November 23, 2017

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/11/22/the-difference-between-night-and-day-is-disappearing-scientists-warn/ We’re lighting up the Earth at night, and we have no idea what it’s doing to us.

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Take a Number: Americans Are Putting Down the Soda Pop

November 17, 2017

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/14/health/soda-pop-sugary-drinks.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Children and adults are downing sugary drinks far less often than they used to, a new study finds.

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Personal Health: The Growing Toll of Our Ever-Expanding Waistlines

November 13, 2017

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/13/well/eat/the-growing-toll-of-our-ever-expanding-waistlines.html?partner=rss&emc=rss As one major killer — smoking — declined, another rose precipitously to take its place: obesity.

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Gallup study confirms that 2017 really is worse than 2016

November 11, 2017

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/11/10/gallup-study-confirms-that-2017-really-is-worse-than-2016/ The drop in well-being is largest among women, minorities, Democrats and low-income Americans.

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Take a Number: 110 Million Americans Have an S.T.D.

October 1, 2017

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/29/health/chlamydia-syphilis-gonorrhea.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis are all on the rise, federal researchers found.

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Several Once-Abundant Species Listed as Endangered by IUCN

September 21, 2017

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/YaleEnvironment360/~3/9Kk-WQZc9dw/several-once-abundant-species-listed-as-endangered-by-iucn Six of the most abundant species of ash trees in North America are on the brink of extinction, decimated by an invasive beetle, the emerald ash borer, according to the latest update of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. Also added to the list are five African […]

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Half of Canada’s monitored wildlife is in decline, major study finds

September 17, 2017

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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/15/canada-wildlife-study-decline-living-planet-report New report paints a bleak picture for wildlife in a country that is home to a quarter of the Earth’s wetlands, 8,500 rivers and more than 2 million lakes. A new analysis looking at the long term trends of more than 900 species of wildlife in Canada has found that half of them have […]

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Mortality rates are rising for colon cancer — but only for white Americans

August 8, 2017

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/08/08/mortality-rates-are-rising-for-colon-cancer-but-only-for-white-americans/ Rebecca Siegel of the American Cancer Society says there appears to be a “a true and perplexing escalation in disease occurrence” of colorectal cancer among white men and women.

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The ultimate symbol of the pre-recession boom is back

June 26, 2017

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2017/06/26/the-ultimate-symbol-of-the-pre-recession-boom-is-back/ If there’s anything that typifies the boom times before the Great Recession, it is the McMansion. These sprawling houses proliferated around the country in the 2000s, as banks shelled out easy credit to fuel a housing bacchanalia they thought would never die. McMansions became the ultimate symbol of living beyond one’s means. Unlike your […]

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In Towns Already Hit by Factory Closings, a New Casualty: Retail Jobs

June 25, 2017

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/25/business/economy/amazon-retail-jobs-pennsylvania.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Thousands of workers face unemployment as retailers struggle to adapt to online shopping. But even as e-commerce grows, it isn’t absorbing these workers.

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In Growth of Jail Populations, Rural Areas Outpace Big Cities

June 13, 2017

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https://www.wsj.com/articles/in-growth-of-jail-populations-rural-areas-outpace-big-cities-1497383232?mod=rss_US_News Rural jails are growing faster than urban jails despite lower crime rates in more sparsely populated areas, according to new research by two nonpartisan groups that support reducing incarceration.

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Discontented voters make their voices heard, in Britain, U.S. and elsewhere

June 11, 2017

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/discontented-voters-make-their-voices-heard-in-britain-us-and-elsewhere/2017/06/10/317da2f2-4d62-11e7-bc1b-fddbd8359dee_story.html There may not be ideological consistency, but recent election results show continuing displeasure with political leaders and governments.

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Prozac Nation Is Now the United States of Xanax

June 10, 2017

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/10/style/anxiety-is-the-new-depression-xanax.html?partner=rss&emc=rss How we went from depressive flannel and fog to anxiously monitoring our heart rates, twirling fidget spinners and streaming into meditation studios.

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Report looks at liver cancer, fastest-growing cause of cancer deaths in US

June 9, 2017

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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170608123643.htm A new report provides an overview of incidence, mortality, and survival rates and trends for liver cancer, a cancer for which death rates have doubled in the United States since the mid-1980s

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The drug crisis is now pushing up death rates for almost all groups of Americans

June 9, 2017

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/the-drug-crisis-is-now-pushing-up-death-rates-for-almost-all-groups-of-americans/2017/06/09/971d8424-4aa1-11e7-a186-60c031eab644_story.html Opioids and alcohol are killing whites, blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans in the prime of life.

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U.S. death rate from Alzheimer’s rose dramatically over 15 years. Why?

May 26, 2017

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/05/26/u-s-death-rate-for-alzheimers-rose-dramatically-over-15-years-why/ The CDC report estimates that 13.8 million Americans could be living with Alzheimer’s by 2050.

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Dramatic Rise in U.S. Intermarriage Rates Since 1967 Ruling

May 19, 2017

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https://www.wsj.com/articles/dramatic-rise-seen-in-u-s-intermarriage-rates-since-landmark-court-ruling-1495123281?mod=rss_US_News One in six American newlyweds married someone of a different race or ethnicity in 2015, a fivefold increase in the 50 years since the Supreme Court recognized a nationwide right to intermarriage, according to new data.

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Household Debt Makes a Comeback in the U.S.

May 17, 2017

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/17/business/dealbook/household-debt-united-states.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Nearly a decade after the 2008 credit bubble, Americans have accumulated a total of $12.7 trillion in debt — a new peak.

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How authoritarianism is shaping American politics (and it’s not just about Trump)

May 10, 2017

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/05/10/how-authoritarianism-is-shaping-american-politics-and-its-not-just-about-trump/ Partisanship and authoritarianism are increasingly intertwined. This started well before 2016.

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What a new report reveals about white economic hardship and Trump’s big win

May 10, 2017

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/05/10/what-a-new-report-reveals-about-white-economic-hardship-and-trumps-big-win/ The results reveal the lives of white working-class Americans at a rare level of detail.

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State of the Art: Tech’s Frightful Five: They’ve Got Us

May 10, 2017

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/technology/techs-frightful-five-theyve-got-us.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Google dominate our day-to-day activities. Imagining being forced to give up some of them could lead to hard choices.

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Prevalence of visual impairment among preschool children projected to increase

May 5, 2017

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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170504110557.htm The number of preschool children in the US with visual impairment is projected to increase by more than 25 percent in the coming decades, with the majority of visual impairment resulting from simple uncorrected refractive error, according to a new study.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Companies Compete but Won’t Let Their Workers Do the Same

May 4, 2017

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/04/opinion/noncompete-agreements-workers.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Once reserved for upper management, noncompetes now cover one-sixth of the nation’s workers, restricting choice and suppressing wages.

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One in three American adults may have had a warning stroke

May 1, 2017

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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170501102252.htm About one in three American adults experienced a symptom consistent with a warning or ‘mini’ stroke, but almost none — 3 percent — took the recommended action.

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If it doesn’t stem its decline, mainline Protestantism has just 23 Easters left

April 29, 2017

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/04/28/if-it-doesnt-stem-its-decline-mainline-protestantism-has-just-23-easters-left/ The trend lines do not look good.

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Op-Ed Contributor: America, From Exceptionalism to Nihilism

April 28, 2017

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/28/opinion/america-from-exceptionalism-to-nihilism.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The U.S. leads the free world in its helplessness before the dissolution of its most cherished values.

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Youth violence on decline, new study shows

April 26, 2017

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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170426092404.htm Contrary to popular perception, a new study finds that youth violence is declining — and at noteworthy rates. Between 2002 and 2014, researchers found a 29 percent decrease in the relative proportion of young people involved in violence in the United States. The study also reveals a persistent pattern of racial and ethnic disparities […]

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Road Rage Cases With Guns More Than Double in 3 Years, Report Says

April 26, 2017

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/25/us/road-rage-guns.html?partner=rss&emc=rss An analysis suggests that states with large numbers of concealed-carry permit holders and relaxed gun laws had more cases of road rage with firearms.

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How Harvard Business School Has Reshaped American Capitalism

April 25, 2017

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/24/books/review/golden-passport-duff-mcdonald.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Duff McDonald’s “The Golden Passport” questions whether Harvard Business School is responsible for the global financial crash.

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Populism, Far From Turned Back, May Be Just Getting Started

April 25, 2017

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/25/world/europe/populism-far-from-turned-back-may-be-just-getting-started.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Populism has been growing since the 1960s, and research suggests it’s not slowing down. Four recent elections show how this dynamic can play out.

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Middle Class Contracted in U.S. Over 2 Decades, Study Finds

April 25, 2017

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/24/business/economy/middle-class-united-states-europe-pew.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The United States had fewer middle-income earners and more at the extremes than any of 11 Western European countries in a Pew Research Center report.

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The Climate Issue: Why the Menace of Mosquitoes Will Only Get Worse

April 20, 2017

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/20/magazine/why-the-menace-of-mosquitoes-will-only-get-worse.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Climate change is altering the environment in ways that increase the potential for viruses like Zika.

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The Great Decoupling: An Interview with Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee

April 18, 2017

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https://hbr.org/2015/06/the-great-decoupling Technological progress makes the world better but also brings new challenges, say Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, faculty members at the MIT Sloan School of Management, who have studied the impact of technology on economies for years. Their most recent book, The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant […]

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Healthcare for Americans with mental illnesses worsened after recession

April 17, 2017

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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/17/mental-health-care-access-affordable-care-act-recession Study finds people still had limited access to mental healthcare from 2008-2014 as Affordable Care Act and other laws unable to overcome financial downturnSix years after the recession, Americans with mental illness still had limited access to treatment, according to researchers.US laws meant to improve that access, including the Affordable Care Act (ACA), were […]

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ATV-related injuries in children remain large public health problem

April 15, 2017

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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170415182157.htm All-terrain vehicle-related injuries remain a large public health problem in this country, with children more adversely affected than adults. According to researchers, the major risk factors for young riders also are entirely preventable.

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First large-scale survey of Chagas disease in the United States confirms that the ‘silent killer’ is a major public health challenge for the country

April 15, 2017

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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170413120042.htm A study of almost 5,000 Latin American-born residents of Los Angeles County found that 1.24 percent tested positive for Chagas disease, a parasitic infection that can cause life-threatening heart damage if not treated early. Chagas disease is one of the leading causes of heart failure in Latin America.

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Stroke rates appear to be rising steadily in young adults

April 15, 2017

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/04/15/stroke-rates-appear-to-be-rising-steadily-in-young-adults/ Hospitalizations rates for stroke almost doubled among men age 18 to 44 between 1995 and 2012.

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