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N.H. Hits Resistance in Investigation of Pharma's Opioid Marketing Practices

August 9th, 2016  |  Source: NHPR

It’s no secret drugs like OxyContin and hydromorphone are highly addictive.

The real question is this: do drug companies downplay how addictive they are while marketing the medicine to doctors?

New Hampshire’s Attorney General Joe Foster suspects false marketing of legal pills has led to abuse of illicit drugs like heroin. That’s why he subpoenaed the nation’s largest manufacturers of prescription painkillers.


For Climate Scientists, the Siberian Anthrax Outbreak Is a Sign of What’s to Come

August 4th, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

We don’t yet know what else lies buried within the Earth’s permafrostwhich is scary, because warming in the Arctic is accelerating.

If you’re a climate scientist, what happens when your dire predictions start coming true? The ongoing anthrax outbreak in Siberia is offering us a preview: What was once considered a future theoretical possibility — a re-animated deadly bacterium emerging from the permafrost — is now a reality.


The Dangers Lurking in Permafrost

August 3rd, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

The many unexpected ways climate change can threaten people around the world.

In Siberia, 90 people have been hospitalized and one 12-year-old boy has died from anthrax, the BBC reports. In addition, more than 2,300 reindeer have died in the outbreak, believed to have been caused by a heat wave that melted permafrost, which in turn exposed the carcass of an anthrax-infected reindeer to the 12-year-old boy.


With cannabis on the ballot, can Clinton and Trump cash in on the pot vote?

August 2nd, 2016  |  Source: The Guardian

A record number of legal marijuana measures is likely to increase the election turnout, but which candidate will it help the most? The answer is complex

The unprecedented number of cannabis measures on the ballot in November, including in two swing states, could complicate turnout in the 2016 presidential election, bringing out more voters, but not reliably for any candidate.


The Dark Side of Privacy: How ISIS Communications Go Undetected

August 1st, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

A trove of communications from ISIS plots and activity in Europe reveals a mix of direct control and improvisation and shows the crucial importance of encrypted tools. “Detonate your belt in the crowds,” one message declared.

After assembling suicide bomb vests for the attacks that slaughtered 130 people in Paris last November, Najim Laachroui went underground in his native Brussels.


US and Mexico's mass deportations fueled humanitarian crisis

July 28th, 2016  |  Source: The Guardian

Tide of vulnerable people fleeing violence in Central America preyed upon by criminals and corrupt officials in part due to inadequate asylum procedures

Mass deportations and inadequate asylum procedures in Mexico and the US have fueled a humanitarian crisis where desperate Central Americans seeking refuge from rampant violence are routinely preyed upon by criminal gangs and corrupt officials, according to a new report by the International Crisis Group (ICG).


How to Use Facebook to Increase Voter Turnout

July 27th, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

Reluctant voters respond to social pressure.

Reasonable responses to the current presidential election can range anywhere from hiding in the nearest closet to feeling a renewed determination to get your friends to the polls. Turnout, in all likelihood, will be the key to victory. So what’s the best way to get your like-minded but slothful buddies to fill out a ballot?


Roger Ailes slinks away from Fox News as the man who made American journalism meaner

July 22nd, 2016  |  Source: NY Daily News

In the same moment that bombastic television star Donald Trump ascended to the top of the news cycle and became the leader of the GOP, Roger Ailes, one of the Republican Party’s most powerful behind-the-scenes media masters, hit rock bottom.


When Outsourcing Turns Deadly

July 21st, 2016  |  Source: PS Magazine

Hospitals should keep their cleaning teams in-house if they want to prevent unnecessary infection.

Hospitals have taken steps in recent years to reduce the number of patients who get infections during their stay, including a renewed emphasis on hand washing. Research points to another, less-obvious remedy: Hospitals could stop outsourcing their cleaning staffs.




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