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Gen Z Voters Maintain Faith in Democracy, Despite Election Concerns
Research
Gen Z Voters Maintain Faith in Democracy, Despite Election Concerns
2020-11-12 21:36:43
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - In a Georgetown University focus group webinar of voters from Generation Z, the first-time voters expressed their excitement over participating in the democratic process, while at the same time voiced concerns about various influences on the election. The... Read More

Biden Advisers Met With Warp Speed Drugmakers Before Election
Health
Biden Advisers Met With Warp Speed Drugmakers Before Election

President-elect Joe Biden's health care advisers have held talks with pharmaceutical-industry executives in which they discussed Operation Warp Speed, the U.S. development program for coronavirus vaccines and treatments, according to people familiar with the matter. Biden advisers met with companies that have COVID-19 vaccines... Read More

New Survey Suggests Americans are Sleeping Less and Drinking More
Opinion Polls
New Survey Suggests Americans are Sleeping Less and Drinking More
2020-11-03 18:59:21
by Sara Wilkerson

A new survey conducted by ValuePenguin, a data-based personal finance research company, shows that more than a quarter of Americans are getting less sleep and that 1 in 5 are drinking more alcohol as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.... Read More

Fed Up With the Election? Science Explains How Politics Got So Awful
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Fed Up With the Election? Science Explains How Politics Got So Awful

One year ago, a report from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security assessed the readiness of 195 countries around the world to confront a deadly disease outbreak. Topping the list of most-prepared nations was the United States of America. But that forecast... Read More

Pew Study Suggests Ticket-Splitting Will be Almost Nonexistent on Election Day
Voting
Pew Study Suggests Ticket-Splitting Will be Almost Nonexistent on Election Day
2020-10-22 16:38:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Consider it another sign of an increasing partisan divide -- heading into the final week of the 2020 election cycle, only 4% of registered voters in states with a Senate contest say they will support Donald Trump or... Read More

Don’t Know Any COVID-19 Patients Who’ve Died or Been in the Hospital? That May Explain a Lot
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Don’t Know Any COVID-19 Patients Who’ve Died or Been in the Hospital? That May Explain a Lot

Seven months into the pandemic, it’s no secret that plenty of people still downplay the risks of COVID-19, scoffing at mask-wearing and social distancing. Politics clearly feeds that mindset, as suggested by a new Pew Research Center survey in which... Read More

Americans are Drinking More Alcohol During Pandemic — Especially Women, Study Finds
In The News
Americans are Drinking More Alcohol During Pandemic — Especially Women, Study Finds

Pandemic-fatigued Americans are drinking about 14% more alcohol this year than they did in 2019, an alarming increase that’s even more pronounced among women, researchers said Tuesday. The new study, published in the journal JAMA Network Open, found a 17%... Read More

Signs of Depression Have Tripled in US Since Pandemic Started
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Signs of Depression Have Tripled in US Since Pandemic Started

The COVID-19 pandemic has touched pretty much every person in America — and it shows in the state of our mental health. The prevalence of sleep troubles, lethargy, feelings of hopelessness and other depression symptoms in adults across the country... Read More

FDA Blocks Much-Anticipated BioMarin Hemophilia Gene Therapy
Regulation
FDA Blocks Much-Anticipated BioMarin Hemophilia Gene Therapy

FAIRLESS HILLS, PA (AP) — Investors fled drug developer BioMarin in droves on Wednesday, driving shares down by a third after U.S. regulators rejected the company’s potentially game-changing hemophilia A gene therapy over concerns it might not really be a... Read More

Democratic Convention Draws 18.7 Million TV Viewers, Down 28% From 2016
Television
Democratic Convention Draws 18.7 Million TV Viewers, Down 28% From 2016

MSNBC had the largest prime-time audience on the first night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, but overall viewing of the party’s virtual gathering on Monday was down significantly from four years ago. Nielsen data showed an average of around... Read More

People Live Longer in Blue States; Study Points to Impact of State Policies
Research
People Live Longer in Blue States; Study Points to Impact of State Policies

WASHINGTON — Weak environmental protections, safety rules and labor and civil rights protections may be cutting lives short in conservative states and deepening the divide between red and blue states, according to a new study on links between life expectancy... Read More

Cognitive Testing, Politics, and the Very Real Issue of Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
Mental Health
Cognitive Testing, Politics, and the Very Real Issue of Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
2020-07-30 17:57:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - For weeks it had been the stuff of living room banter and fodder for self-quarantining late night comedians. Suddenly, apparently on a whim, the president who once described himself as a "very stable genius," was talking about how... Read More

House, Senate Pass Bills to Study the Number of Cancers Striking Military Pilots
Military
House, Senate Pass Bills to Study the Number of Cancers Striking Military Pilots

WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense would be required to identify how many of its current or former aviators have been diagnosed with cancer in bills passed by the House and Senate this week, a study long sought by military... Read More

The More We Stay Home, The Less the Coronavirus Spreads. Here’s the Evidence
Health
The More We Stay Home, The Less the Coronavirus Spreads. Here’s the Evidence

Remember when you decided against a trip to the dog park, a meet-up at a sports bar, or a visit to your sister’s house? New research shows that such social distancing decisions mattered back in April, when the coronavirus was... Read More

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Cannabis Research
In The News
FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Cannabis Research
2020-07-22 12:43:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration issued a draft guidance establishing rules for lawfully researching cannabis. The guidance is limited to the development of drugs and does not cover other FDA-regulated products. Nevertheless, the release of the document and... Read More

U.S. State Legislatures Are Disproportionately White and Male, Study Finds
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U.S. State Legislatures Are Disproportionately White and Male, Study Finds
2020-07-13 20:45:50
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - The vast majority of state legislators in the U.S. are white and male, while first and second-generation immigrants tend to lack representation, according to a new report by New American Leaders, a nonprofit organization working for diversity in... Read More

FDA Issues Guidance on Development of a Safe and Effective COVID-19 Vaccine
Health
FDA Issues Guidance on Development of a Safe and Effective COVID-19 Vaccine
2020-06-30 21:06:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a series of recommendations Tuesday that it say should help facilitate the timely development of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. The agency said the guidance reflects advice it has been... Read More

Study Suggests Climate Change Increasing Pregnancy Issues in Minority Communities
Science
Study Suggests Climate Change Increasing Pregnancy Issues in Minority Communities
2020-06-26 20:07:08
by Jacob Pederson

Climate change is increasing the likelihood of low birth weights, premature births, and stillbirths in minority communities, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study’s authors said while they found detrimental impacts... Read More

Americans Are Actually Drinking Less During the Pandemic
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Americans Are Actually Drinking Less During the Pandemic

During the coronavirus pandemic, people are drinking less. (Yes, you read that correctly.) While the masses are buying more booze from grocers and liquor stores to drink at home, that hasn’t been enough to fill the gaping hole created by... Read More

Senate Plans Legislation to Prepare for Next Pandemic Like COVID-19
Health
Senate Plans Legislation to Prepare for Next Pandemic Like COVID-19
2020-06-23 19:10:37
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate tried Tuesday to respond to warnings from infectious disease experts that coronavirus is only an example of other pandemics that are coming soon. The World Health Organization has warned that a global population topping 7.8... Read More

Saharan Dust Plume Blankets Caribbean, Putting Hurricane Season On Pause
Science
Saharan Dust Plume Blankets Caribbean, Putting Hurricane Season On Pause
2020-06-23 12:16:44
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON –– A massive plume of dust from the Sahara Desert is slowly making its way from the west coast of Africa towards North and South America, creating drier-than-usual atmospheric conditions over the Atlantic Ocean. The cloud, which astronauts have... Read More

Partisan Gap Could Limit US Recovery Ahead of Election
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Partisan Gap Could Limit US Recovery Ahead of Election

Democrats and Republicans hold starkly diverging views of the U.S. economy and the gap is widening as the pandemic persists, casting a shadow over President Donald Trump’s hopes for a V-shaped recovery powered by pent-up demand as nationwide lockdowns ease.... Read More

How Has the Electorate Changed Since Trump? The Gender Gap is Wider, Research Shows
Political News
How Has the Electorate Changed Since Trump? The Gender Gap is Wider, Research Shows

WASHINGTON — There are several noticeable changes in the makeup of the Democratic and Republican parties since Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, according to the Pew Research Center. Reports of a widened gender gap and more minorities leaning... Read More

Malaria Drug Fails to Prevent COVID-19 in a Rigorous Study
Health
Malaria Drug Fails to Prevent COVID-19 in a Rigorous Study

A malaria drug President Donald Trump took to try to prevent COVID-19 proved ineffective for that in the first large, high-quality study to test it in people in close contact with someone with the disease. Results published Wednesday by the New England... Read More

New Poll Finds Majority of Hawaiians Support Construction of Thirty Meter Telescope
Opinion Polls
New Poll Finds Majority of Hawaiians Support Construction of Thirty Meter Telescope
2020-05-29 12:29:26
by Dan McCue

A majority of Hawaii residents continue to support the construction of a new observatory atop the dormant Maunakea volcano on the Big Island of the archipelago, despite protests that have brought the project to a standstill, a new poll shows.... Read More

Bee Species Rediscovered After Scientists Thought It May No Longer Exist
Environment
Bee Species Rediscovered After Scientists Thought It May No Longer Exist

A species of bee from Florida that scientists thought might no longer exist was rediscovered earlier this spring, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History. Before then, the blue calamintha bee had not been observed since 2016. “I was... Read More

New Study Shows Why Democrats Should Be Cautious of Biden’s National Polling Lead
Research
New Study Shows Why Democrats Should Be Cautious of Biden’s National Polling Lead

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton famously lost to Donald Trump in 2016 despite winning more votes overall because she underperformed in key states in the Electoral College. But a new study released Wednesday quantifies exactly how many votes the former Democratic... Read More

Older Americans More Attentive To COVID-19 News Than Younger Adults
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Older Americans More Attentive To COVID-19 News Than Younger Adults
2020-04-28 13:00:07
by Gaspard Le Dem

The coronavirus crisis has dominated headlines in 2020, but research shows some Americans are paying more attention than others. According to a recent survey from the Pew Research Center, nearly all U.S. adults -- about 92% -- say they’re keeping... Read More

Majority of Young Adults Ignored Social Distancing Orders, Survey Suggests
Health
Majority of Young Adults Ignored Social Distancing Orders, Survey Suggests

We’ve all heard it incessantly for the past month amid the coronavirus outbreak: “maintain social distancing.” But despite shutting down businesses, working from home and traveling less, people still went out in droves to go on jogs and meet friends... Read More

Crucial Suburbs Not Defined by 'Ozzie and Harriet' Anymore
Think Tanks
Crucial Suburbs Not Defined by 'Ozzie and Harriet' Anymore
2020-04-09 21:01:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - While Republicans and Democrats alike concede the road to the White House is paved through America's suburbs, what's less clear is how much they truly understand this rapidly changing portion of the electorate. For decades, the suburbs were... Read More

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