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Donald Trump vs. Elizabeth Warren: The future of political campaigning?

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

Elizabeth Warren made national news this week in one of the only ways politicians seem to be able to make national news these days: by attacking Donald Trump…

Expert quote:

“This is a 21st century Twitter campaign. The quicker and more outlandish your response is in terms of baiting your opponent, the better off you are politically. Elizabeth Warren intuitively understands this.”

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Attacking President Obama, Trump knocks Clinton

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

As President Obama shared the concerns foreign leaders have over the nomination of Donald Trump, the candidate celebrated reaching the 1,237 delegate threshold that guarantees he will be his party’s nominee…

Expert quote:

“Donald Trump is the change candidate so by the very definition he has to attack that which came before. I think it’s smart politics, he has to criticize Obama. He has to be ultra-critical of Obama otherwise, what’s the point of his campaign?”

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A deadly crisis: mapping the spread of America’s drug overdose epidemic

walley1The Guardian
Alexander Walley, School of Medicine

Overdoses kill more Americans than car crashes or guns – and experts say the crisis hasn’t yet peaked…

Expert quote:

“The simplistic idea was, ‘Oh, this is all about prescription opioids, and therefore that’s all we need to do: reduce the supply of prescription opioids and we’ll reduce all these deaths and people won’t become addicted.’  Well, what we’re seeing now is that even as you reduce access to prescription opioids, you’re seeing an explosion of heroin use and heroin overdoses – and then there’s also now this ultra-potent substance [fentanyl] sold as heroin.”

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Amyloid Thwarts Microbial Invaders

The Scientist
Kevan Harshorn, School of Medicine

Alzheimer’s disease–associated amyloid-β peptides trap microbes in the brains of mice and in the guts of nematodes, a study shows…

Expert quote:

“This is quite good and convincing work that confirms host defense activity of amyloid-β against fungal and bacterial infections in animal models, and begins to unravel the mechanisms of antimicrobial activity of the protein.”

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Experts split over health concerns from lead in schools’ water

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Sean Palfrey, School of Medicine

A pediatrician told worried parents of Boston school children earlier this month that the amount of lead contamination found in the water in some schools was extremely unlikely to have harmed their children. But other experts aren’t so sure…

Expert quote:

“We know that there will be experts that disagree about anything.”

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Twitter Loosens Tweet’s Leash

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John Carroll, College of Communication

Twitter on Tuesday announced a number of changes to tweets, including what will be included in a message’s 140-character count…

Expert quote:

“There are a lot people who will look on retweeting yourself with dismay. People are so self-obsessed that it could become a form of spam that clogs up people’s timelines. It’s one more platform for narcissism.”

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U.S. operations, against ISIS look cheap, for now

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Neta Crawford, College of Arts & Sciences

Americans may not feel as if they’re at war, but most of them know the U.S. is engaged in a battle against the Islamic State militant group, also known as ISIS, in an operation dubbed Operation Inherent Resolve

Expert quote:

“[The war is] getting bigger and more diffuse geographically and in the number of actors involved.”

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Common Abnormal Heart Rhythm Linked to Cancer Risk

Emelia-Benjamin-127x150HealthDay News
Emelia Benjamin, School of Medicine

Women with a common heart rhythm abnormality may be at an increased risk of developing cancer, particularly of the colon, a new study suggests…

Expert quote:

“I don’t want people to be concerned that if they have atrial fibrillation they are going to get cancer. I don’t want people to worry about that.”

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