St. Patrick’s Day Conundrum: Scientists, Scholars Disagree on What Exactly a Shamrock Is Meg Tyler, College of General Studies Who knew such a little plant could be so controversial?… Expert quote: “Most think it’s a three-leaf clover, but some also think it refers to four-leaf clovers, and there’s a lot of disagreement about what the shamrock refers to scientifically, such as what specific species of three-leaf clover […]

Why the Vaccine Debate Is Unlikely to Land in the Courtroom George Annas, School of Public Health As the measles virus spreads along with the tension over whether parents should vaccinate their children, it’s unlikely any confrontations will extend beyond the playground and into the courtroom, lawyers say… Expert quote: “I think you could make an argument that you have a moral responsibility, but it would be […]

Why There’s So Much Controversy Surrounding Ebola Quarantine Orders Wendy Mariner, School of Law, School of Public Health At least six states have issued tougher rules for travelers returning from Ebola-affected regions, some with mandatory quarantines going above and beyond federal guidelines… Expert quote: “If you single out anyone who works with Ebola then you probably have to quarantine U.S. health care workers […]

CTE, a Degenerative Brain Disease, Found in 34 Pro Football Players Ann McKee, School of Medicine, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy On the heels of the latest NFL suicide, researchers announced today that 34 NFL players whose brain were studied suffered from CTE, a degenerative brain disease brought on by repeated hits to the head that results in confusion, depression and, eventually, dementia… […]