“It’s not a bad thing for people to push for plastic straw bans. Tackling plastic pollution will require institutional change as well,” said Kaitlin Raimi, assistant professor of public policy, in an article that asserts that by 2050, the amount of single-use plastic might surpass the number of fish in our oceans.
“What stands out … is the apparent indifference and lack of concern that harm might be created. And even after the harm was created and finally acknowledged, there has been (an) apparent lack of sense of urgency to fix the problems,” wrote Paul Mohai, professor of environment and sustainability, who called the Flint water crisis “the most egregious example of environmental injustice and racism in my over three decades of studying this issue.”
Comments by Judith Heidebrink, associate professor of neurology, were featured in a story about Alzheimer’s disease warning signs and prevention.
Brendan Nyhan, professor of public policy, says it is extremely difficult to assess the impact of any of the usual suspects in voter manipulation — whether Russian operatives, “fake news” entrepreneurs or even mainstream targeted advertising.
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Research led by Sung Kyun Park, associate professor of epidemiology and environmental health sciences, suggests that lead exposure from decades past is helping to fuel America’s high blood pressure epidemic.
Andrew Hoffman, professor of management and organizations, and environment and sustainability, was quoted in an article that considered how society views the term “sustainability.”
Christina Chapman, assistant professor of radiation oncology, believes more attention should be given to openly discussing and addressing racial disparities in breast cancer treatment and outcomes: “It’s not really that different to talk to a black woman than it is to talk to a white woman with breast cancer. In general, we’re all humans at our core.”
“It’s a fear of contagion, if we give states any kind of excuse to suspend immunity, that they will take advantage of that and that, overall, the system will be harmed,” said Steven Ratner, professor of law, on Turkey’s suggestion that international rules on diplomatic immunity should be reviewed in light of the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
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Plain aspirin can work just as well as expensive anticoagulant drugs after knee surgery to prevent blood clots, according to research led by Brian Hallstrom, assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery. For a patient who had a blood clot in the past, he said he would still use anticoagulants, but “most people can get aspirin alone without much concern.”
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“The claims are compelling, and the legal theory is creative. (However), it is hard to see the Supreme Court upholding a favorable verdict, if the case gets that far,” said David Uhlmann, professor and director of the Environmental Law and Policy Program, regarding a landmark federal lawsuit against the Trump administration on behalf of 21 young plaintiffs who are demanding that the government fight climate change.
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