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October 8, 2015

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October 8, 2015

New Tools Help Provide Vital Demographics, Population Statistics to Policymakers

Oct. 6, 2015 — Those looking for data and analytical reports often turn to the American Community Survey (ACS) from the US Census, which provides data such as unemployment, median household income, and housing ... read more

Male Suicide on Rise as Result of Austerity, Report Suggests

Oct. 6, 2015 — Young males between the ages of 10 and 24 have committed suicide in growing numbers as a direct result of austerity measures brought in across Europe following the 2009 recession, a new report ... read more

Rebates a Cost-Effective Way to Boost Healthy Eating Among Low-Income People, Study Finds

Oct. 6, 2015 — Nationwide expansion of USDA's Healthy Incentives Pilot would promote purchase, consumption of fruits, vegetables, and slightly increase longevity of SNAP recipients, a new report ... read more

Divorcing Drugs and Violence Is Key to Saving U.S. Drug Policy, Research Shows

Oct. 1, 2015 — New research is being used in public policy discussions surrounding changes to mandatory minimum sentences involving nonviolent drug offenders through the Smarter Sentencing ... read more

The Danish Nitrogen Budget in a Nutshell

Sep. 30, 2015 — To get a clearer overall picture of the sources and sinks of nitrogen, scientists have developed a national nitrogen budget for Denmark for the years 1990 to 2010. The budget shows inputs and outputs ... read more

Over Three-Quarters of People With Cancer Worldwide Have No Access to Safe Surgery

Sep. 28, 2015 — Over 80 percent of the 15 million people diagnosed with cancer worldwide in 2015 will need surgery, but less than a quarter will have access to proper, safe, affordable surgical care when they need ... read more

Tackling the Global Shortfall in Radiotherapy Could Save Millions of Lives and Boost the Economy of Poorer Countries

Sep. 26, 2015 — Millions of people are dying from potentially treatable cancers like breast and prostate because of a chronic underinvestment in radiotherapy resources, according to a major new Commission on access ... read more

US Political Polarization Linked to TV News Deregulation

Sep. 25, 2015 — Increasing American political polarization is linked to television news deregulation following the federal Telecommunications Act of 1996, according to a new ... read more

'No Child Left Behind' Leaves Some Voters Behind

Sep. 24, 2015 — Assigning schools failing grades increases affluent voter turnout in local elections, a researcher finds. Affluent, white citizens who were already more likely to vote do so in significantly greater ... read more

Telecommuting Works Best in Moderation, Science Shows

Sep. 24, 2015 — Organizations are increasingly offering employees a variety of work-from-home options despite sometimes conflicting evidence about the effectiveness of telecommuting. A comprehensive new report ... read more

Sep. 24, 2015 — A survey of nearly 700 scientists from non-climate disciplines shows that more than 90 percent believe that average global temperatures are higher than pre-1800s levels and that human activity has ... read more

Sep. 24, 2015 — Brazil's public authorities regularly publish "blacklists" of municipalities with high illegal deforestation rates. This environmental policy tool is working: scientists have found ... read more

Understanding Self-Control: Eating and Spending Are Different Public Policy Issues

Sep. 23, 2015 — You can resist buying candy while you're waiting in the checkout line, but you'll buy any pair of shoes that are on sale. Your best friend, in contrast, wouldn't dream of buying a pair ... read more

Accountable Care Organizations: A First Look at Shared Savings Distributions

Sep. 23, 2015 — Taking the first close look at a federal program designed to provide cost-savings incentives in exchange for more efficient health care, a new study has found that, while using those cost-savings as ... read more

Sep. 23, 2015 — American researchers in a new study found that rather being treated as an effective public safety tool that can prevent deaths, ignition interlock laws are typically viewed like normal regulatory ... read more

New Report Examines Regulation of Federally Funded Research

Sep. 22, 2015 — Continuing expansion of federal research regulations and requirements is diminishing the effectiveness of the US scientific enterprise and lowering the return on the federal investment in research by ... read more

Substance Abuse Recovery Odds Increase in a Community Setting

Sep. 21, 2015 — Following substance abuse treatment, individuals who live in a collaborative housing setting with community rules and responsibilities have their substance abuse treated more effectively than those ... read more

Obamacare Saps Enthusiasm for Government Health-Care Spending

Sep. 21, 2015 — The Affordable Care Act has eroded support for federal health care spending not just from Republicans, but also from Democrats and independents, a study has ... read more

Public Health Must Be Top Priority If Cannabis Is Legalized in Canada

Sep. 21, 2015 — If Canada's new government decides to legalize cannabis, public health must be the top priority to prevent commercialization and promotion by 'Big Cannabis' and subsequent possible ... read more

Emissions from Melting Permafrost Could Cost $43 Trillion

Sep. 21, 2015 — New analysis of the effects of melting permafrost in the Arctic points to $43 trillion in extra economic damage by the end of the next century, on top of the more than the $300 trillion economic ... read more

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