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Obscure state regulations gave birth to the opioid crisis. Five states—California, Idaho, Illinois, New York, and Texas—were subject to a "triple threat" of conditions that left them particularly susceptible to a flood of painkillers.

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Economists use different kinds of experiments to test theories, and a particularly effective type is a "natural experiment," where otherwise similar companies or countries might use different strategies or policies. That's what happened with US states at the birth of the opioid crisis, when some states

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Science can’t fix dementia’s most heartbreaking problem. No matter how far science advances, it will never be able to tell you how to personally deal with a dementia diagnosis. ✦

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As a science journalist, I believe there's always an answer for how to do things. That's why reporting this story was so hard: I learned there IS no guidebook for taking care of a person with dementia. It's scary and lonely and heartbreaking.

I cried while interviewing my parents for this story, and

As a science journalist, I believe there's always an answer for how to do things. That's why reporting this story was so hard: I learned there IS no guidebook for taking care of a person with dementia. It's scary and lonely and heartbreaking.

I cried while interviewing my parents for this story, and choked up talking to my friend, and a stranger. It was an eye opening experience, and I'm grateful they shared their stories.

An excellent journalistic piece that integrates the human element successfully with the stakes of the successes of scientific research (here finding cures for the many forms of dementia). Also, an excellent example of why science journalists are essential in bridging the gap between the hard reality

An excellent journalistic piece that integrates the human element successfully with the stakes of the successes of scientific research (here finding cures for the many forms of dementia). Also, an excellent example of why science journalists are essential in bridging the gap between the hard reality of patients and their families, and the surgical/cold eye of scientists and healthcare practitioners on these devastating diseases.

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NRA and Donald Trump appear to part ways over raising age to buy rifle

NRA and Donald Trump appear to part ways over raising age to buy rifle

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  • I’m betting that Trump will recant and align himself again with the NRA. He’ll hang his about-face on the inactive sheriff’s deputy, as if that fact alone releases the rifle-huggers from any moral responsibility for the epidemic of mass murders that separates the US from the rest of the civilized world.

  • Of the two sides - the NRA and Trump - only one side has shown a true form commitment to anything it says. So I’m going to assume that the NRA will not bend and Trump will change his position again.

  • What the prez says matters less than what he actually does, because he has so rarely followed through or adhered to his word thus far. So there’s little value in emphasizing the gap between the NRA position and his, given that it will only matter when there’s actual legislation or regulation on the table.

  • I think that there’s a difference between openness and action. Trump will do what’s best and align with the NRA. The 2nd amendment has written that it shall not be infringed upon. And therefore to change or alter the 2nd amendment in any way, even to change the infringement statement, would be illegal for the government to do.

  • The NRA is one of the most effective lobbying operations in US history for a reason, I wouldn't let blunt instruments like Dana Loesch distract from their ability to adapt their strategy regarding support in Washington.

  • Sadly, Trump’s mind is never made up. Should the monstrous Dana Loesch get to Trump at any point, rest assured Trump will endorse the NRA’s full agenda.

  • I stand behind raising the limit to 21 for semiautomatics, and I absolutely understand the stance of the NRA in this case. Hunting rifles are an integral part of many communities, where deer, moose, bear, and other large game species abound. Raising the age requirement to buy any rifle is going to cut

    I stand behind raising the limit to 21 for semiautomatics, and I absolutely understand the stance of the NRA in this case. Hunting rifles are an integral part of many communities, where deer, moose, bear, and other large game species abound. Raising the age requirement to buy any rifle is going to cut deep at the cultural heart of America. I sincerely hope the president changes his stance.

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