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Some With Pre-Existing Conditions Could Lose Coverage Under The GOP Health Bill
May 24th, 2017, 07:11 PM
The Congressional Budget Office’s long-awaited report on the American Health Care Act, released Wednesday, is on one level kind of irrelevant. The GOP-controlled Senate has already said it will write its own bill, dismissing the plan House Republicans passed this month to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. On another […]
Obamacare’s Struggles In Iowa Could Be A Preview Of What’s To Come
May 23rd, 2017, 07:11 PM
In an article last week looking at the health of the state insurance marketplaces set up by the Affordable Care Act, I wrote about why Iowa’s was in a dire situation. Three of its insurers recently said they may exit the Obamacare marketplaces, which threatens to leave tens of thousands of people with no way […]
The Obamacare Marketplaces Aren’t In A Death Spiral
May 19th, 2017, 07:11 PM
Are the insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act really on the verge of collapse, as President Trump and GOP leaders have repeatedly claimed? Three months ago, this story would have started like this: It depends on where you look and who you ask. Today, it goes something like this: They are in a […]
How Animal Rights Activists And Environmentalists Became Unlikely Adversaries
May 16th, 2017, 07:11 PM
The Humane Society and Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families seem like two groups that could, conceivably, coexist in adjoining booths at your local Earth Day festival. But these organizations have instead ended up on opposite sides in a debate over how the Environmental Protection Agency should go about regulating thousands of potentially harmful chemicals that Americans […]
The Tangled Story Behind Trump’s False Claims Of Voter Fraud
May 11th, 2017, 07:11 PM
Three-thousand Wisconsinites were chanting Donald Trump’s name. It was Oct. 17, 2016, just after the candidate’s now-infamous “locker-room” chat with Billy Bush became public knowledge. But the crowd was unfazed. They were happy. And they were rowdy, cheering for Trump, cheering for the USA, cheering for Hillary Clinton to see the inside of a jail […]
As U.S. Life Expectancies Climb, People In A Few Places Are Dying Younger
May 8th, 2017, 07:11 PM
Your life expectancy can vary by as much as 20 years depending on which county in the U.S. you live in. That’s according to new research published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. Life expectancy for the country as a whole grew by more than five years from 1980 to 2014, to an average […]
One Runner Came Tantalizingly Close To A 2-Hour Marathon
May 6th, 2017, 07:11 PM
They began in the dark. At 5:45 a.m. local time Saturday, three elite marathoners set off on a 26.2-mile run around a nearly flat 1.5-mile Formula One race track in Monza, Italy. This wasn’t a traditional race. Instead, it was a highly orchestrated attempt to break the marathon’s two-hour barrier — an enormous stretch goal […]
How The Planet Vulcan Changed Science Forever
May 4th, 2017, 07:11 PM
What does it take to revise a cold, hard science fact? This month’s Sparks podcast explores that question in the context of “The Hunt for Vulcan” by Thomas Levenson. Levenson’s book chronicles the 19th-century search for a planet that astronomers believed had to exist to explain a wobble in Mercury’s orbit. Without that planet — […]
The 4 Big Changes To Health Care In The Latest GOP Bill
May 2nd, 2017, 07:11 PM
We’re in full “will they or won’t they?” mode when it comes to a House vote on a Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. And two months after the first draft of the American Health Care Act was made public, various amendments and on-again-off-again promises to vote it through have made […]
The Bugs Of The World Could Squish Us All
May 2nd, 2017, 07:11 PM
The questions that kids ask about science aren’t always easy to answer. Sometimes, their little brains can lead to big places that adults forget to explore. That is what inspired our series Science Question From A Toddler, which uses kids’ curiosity as a jumping-off point to investigate the scientific wonders that adults don’t even think […]
What Trump Has Done
April 28th, 2017, 07:11 PM
Executive orders, military actions, court rulings, protests, resignations and, of course, tweets. So many tweets. President Trump’s first 100 days have been a whirlwind, and it’s been hard to keep track of everything that’s happened and to figure out what’s really important. Below is our summary of where things stand 100 days into the Trump […]
Trump’s Wall Won’t Stop The Drugs
April 26th, 2017, 07:11 PM
President Trump has long touted his “big, beautiful” wall on the Mexican border as a way to prevent illegal immigration. But in an interview with the Associated Press on Friday, Trump stressed another reason to build the wall: stopping the flow of drugs across the border. “The drugs pouring through on the southern border are […]
Some States Are Making It Easier To Get Birth Control
April 24th, 2017, 07:11 PM
Two months into the Trump presidency, the fate of the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate is still undecided. But although the Trump administration hasn’t yet changed or removed the controversial regulation that requires insurance companies to cover birth control without making patients share the cost, many states are introducing or revising legislation to shore up […]
When Scientists Donate To Politicians, It’s Usually To Democrats
April 21st, 2017, 07:11 PM
When Rep. Bill Foster first decided to run for Congress in 2007, he did what many aspiring politicians do: He asked his friends for money. For the Illinois Democrat, a former physicist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, many of those friends were scientists. They gave generously and have continued to give generously in his […]
Your Guide To 35 Years Of American Death
April 21st, 2017, 07:11 PM
It’s not easy to collect accurate data on causes of death in the United States — or to understand the role that location plays in how people die. “Garbage codes,” or vague, generic causes of death listed on death certificates, have long left gaps in our understanding. This interactive map uses new demographic and epidemiological […]
Patterns Of Death In The South Still Show The Outlines Of Slavery
April 20th, 2017, 07:11 PM
Photographs by Johnathon Kelso There’s a map, made more than 150 years ago using 1860 census data, that pops up periodically on the internet. On two yellowed, taped-together sheets of paper, the counties of the Southern U.S. are shaded to reflect the percentage of inhabitants who were enslaved at the time. Bolivar County, Mississippi, is […]
35 Years Of American Death
April 20th, 2017, 07:11 PM
Researchers have long argued that where we live can help predict how we die. But how much our location affects our health is harder to say, because death certificates, the primary source for mortality data, are not always complete. They frequently contain what public health experts call “garbage codes”: vague or generic causes of death […]
Marching Scientists Will Have A Lot In Common With Angry ’70s Farmers
April 17th, 2017, 07:11 PM
Scientists and science fans will converge on Washington on Saturday for a march aimed at defending the role of science, highlighting the importance of evidence and expertise in policymaking and demanding that the U.S. government not cut research funding. Part of the rhetoric leading up to the March for Science has focused on scientists as […]
Can Science Help Runners Break The Marathon’s 2-Hour Barrier?
April 13th, 2017, 07:11 PM
When Kenyan Dennis Kimetto set the world record at the Berlin Marathon in 2014, his time, 2:02:57, made him the first runner to complete a marathon in less than two hours, three minutes. His time was 26 seconds faster than the previous record, set by fellow Kenyan Wilson Kipsang at the previous year’s Berlin Marathon. […]
Some Doctors Are Giving Mammogram Advice That Could Hurt Women
April 10th, 2017, 07:11 PM
The debate over the effectiveness and use of mammography has been raging for more than two decades. Although mammograms are often promoted as an insurance policy against breast cancer, screening has potential risks as well as benefits, and the evidence shows that overall, mammograms harm more women than they help. As I’ve written previously, the […]