Tag: Health care

It’s Hard to Decide What Part of the GOP Platform Is Worst

But where does that extra 22 percent go? Certainly not to the patient. The program generates an estimated $75 billion annually in overpayments to insurers. Advantage has also come under fire for refusing to cover a variety of medical procedures. A national commission last year found no evidence that Medicare Advantage delivered coverage that was […]

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The GOP Platform Is a Cruel Blueprint for Causing Misery

“We will stand with Israel,” the platform says, “and seek peace in the Middle East.” The Democratic platform will no doubt say something similar. But the Democrats will also (a) recognize that the United States has alliances with countries other than Israel; and (b) address Palestinian grievances. The Republicans can’t bring themselves to do either. […]

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Implantable microphone could lead to fully internal cochlear implants

Cochlear implants, tiny electronic devices that can provide a sense of sound to people who are deaf or hard of hearing, have helped improve hearing for more than a million people worldwide, according to the National Institutes of Health. However, cochlear implants today are only partially implanted, and they rely on external hardware that typically […]

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Trump Proudly Claims That Everyone Liked Repeal of Roe v. Wade

In reality, the statement was written by officials acting in their individual capacity (which is why they all signed it under their names!). Yet some of those who signed had active contracts with the CIA, a point of disdain in the intelligence community as it poses a conflict of interest and throws the CIA into […]

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Trump Proudly Brags About Rollback of Abortion Rights in Biden Debate

In reality, the statement was written by officials acting in their individual capacity (which is why they all signed it under their names!). Yet some of those who signed had active contracts with the CIA, a point of disdain in the intelligence community as it poses a conflict of interest and throws the CIA into […]

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Cowardly Supreme Court Formally Punts on Emergency Abortions

Trump and his followers are already convinced he’ll lose the upcoming debate, naturally claiming it is rigged: Both Trump and his daughter-in-law Lara Trump have pushed a doping conspiracy that claims if Biden is anything other than altogether boring during the debate, it’ll be due to drugs. Other allies like Steve Bannon and Marjorie Taylor […]

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Supreme Court Confirms Overturning of Extreme Abortion Ban—for Now

Trump and his followers are already convinced he’ll lose the upcoming debate, naturally claiming it is rigged: Both Trump and his daughter-in-law Lara Trump have pushed a doping conspiracy that claims if Biden is anything other than altogether boring during the debate, it’ll be due to drugs. Other allies like Steve Bannon and Marjorie Taylor […]

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Supreme Court Accidentally Posts Major Abortion Ruling on Website

Latimer, a former progressive sweetheart, won the race to be Westchester County executive in 2018. Prior to that, he spent the better part of three decades working in state politics, including the state’s legislature. This cycle, he pitched himself to voters as a no-nonsense candidate seeking to scoop up whatever reserves he could for Westchester—not […]

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Supreme Court Accidentally Lets Some Good Abortion News Slip

Latimer, a former progressive sweetheart, won the race to be Westchester County executive in 2018. Prior to that, he spent the better part of three decades working in state politics, including the state’s legislature. This cycle, he pitched himself to voters as a no-nonsense candidate seeking to scoop up whatever reserves he could for Westchester—not […]

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Supreme Court Just Became the Biggest Threat to Trans Kids

Unfortunately for Trump, who regularly blunders in his off-the-rails rants, what he described was straight reporting of him weirdly praising a fictional cannibal. Still, he continued to insist that the media is unfairly covering him.  “When I imitate Joe Biden can’t get off the stage, I walk into a wall, purposely,” Trump said, brilliantly noting […]

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Supreme Court Sets Up Major Battle Over Transgender Health Care

Unfortunately for Trump, who regularly blunders in his off-the-rails rants, what he described was straight reporting of him weirdly praising a fictional cannibal. Still, he continued to insist that the media is unfairly covering him.  “When I imitate Joe Biden can’t get off the stage, I walk into a wall, purposely,” Trump said, brilliantly noting […]

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Lara Trump’s Sick Praise for Reversal of Roe v. Wade

“General President Sean O’Brien asked to speak at both the RNC and DNC, and we are very happy former President Trump has extended this invitation,” a statement from a Teamsters spokesperson read. “Our 1.3 million members represent every political background, and their message needs to be heard by as wide an audience as possible, and […]

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MIT-Takeda Program wraps up with 16 publications, a patent, and nearly two dozen projects completed

When the Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. and the MIT School of Engineering launched their collaboration focused on artificial intelligence in health care and drug development in February 2020, society was on the cusp of a globe-altering pandemic and AI was far from the buzzword it is today. As the program concludes, the world looks very different. AI has […]

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Fauci Recalls Trump’s Final Enraged Call: “That F**ker Biden”

Attorneys general representing the states of Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming had all signed on to the amicus curiae. In it, they argued that the tabled gag was an affront to […]

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GOP Senator Hit With Brutal Fact-Check After Ad About Family’s IVF

The third incident Biden describes, “attacks on Jewish faculty at college campuses,” appears to be tied to a recent congressional hearing where notoriously pro-Israel Columbia assistant professor Shai Davidai was invited by Republican representative Jason Smith to testify about “Antisemitism, Radical Faculty, and the Failure of University Leadership.” Davidai is well known at Columbia for […]

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Fauci Exposes Trump’s Unhinged Behavior Amid Covid Crisis

“I don’t want to go, but I think [it] will probably get announced during the convention,” Trump told Hasnie. Ultimately, Trump’s claim that the city’s crime numbers are “terrible” was actually just plain wrong. In reality, crime in Milwaukee is way down, with homicides in the city decreasing by 42 percent when compared to 2022, […]

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Every Republican Senator Who Voted to Protect IVF: Full List

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez quickly pointed out, though, that Mace’s position appeared more valuable to her as a title to be wielded over Democrats than an actual leadership role in safeguarding the rights of minorities across the country. After all, the subcommittee did not just cease to exist. Mace, along with Kentucky Representative and abortive Biden […]

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Every Republican Senator Who Voted Against Protecting IVF: Full List

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez quickly pointed out, though, that Mace’s position appeared more valuable to her as a title to be wielded over Democrats than an actual leadership role in safeguarding the rights of minorities across the country. After all, the subcommittee did not just cease to exist. Mace, along with Kentucky Representative and abortive Biden […]

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Supreme Court Shocks Everyone by Saving Abortion Access

Around the world, Bitcoin miners use approximately 348 terawatt hours of energy (the prefix “tera-” meaning trillions) per year. That means that crypto mining alone consumes more energy annually than most countries in the world use for all residential and commercial activity, including the United Kingdom, Italy, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and Australia, according to data […]

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Supreme Court Shocks Everyone by Saving Abortion Pill—for Now

Around the world, Bitcoin miners use approximately 348 terawatt hours of energy (the prefix “tera-” meaning trillions) per year. That means that crypto mining alone consumes more energy annually than most countries in the world use for all residential and commercial activity, including the United Kingdom, Italy, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and Australia, according to data […]

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Watch: Witness Brilliantly Shuts Down GOP Senator’s Abortion Question

Around the world, Bitcoin miners use approximately 348 terawatt hours of energy (the prefix “tera-” meaning trillions) per year. That means that crypto mining alone consumes more energy annually than most countries in the world use for all residential and commercial activity, including the United Kingdom, Italy, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and Australia, according to data […]

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Southern Baptists’ Vote on IVF Is Terrifying Sign of What’s to Come

Around the world, Bitcoin miners use approximately 348 terawatt hours of energy (the prefix “tera-” meaning trillions) per year. That means that crypto mining alone consumes more energy annually than most countries in the world use for all residential and commercial activity, including the United Kingdom, Italy, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and Australia, according to data […]

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Symposium highlights scale of mental health crisis and novel methods of diagnosis and treatment

Digital technologies, such as smartphones and machine learning, have revolutionized education. At the McGovern Institute for Brain Research’s 2024 Spring Symposium, “Transformational Strategies in Mental Health,” experts from across the sciences — including psychiatry, psychology, neuroscience, computer science, and others — agreed that these technologies could also play a significant role in advancing the diagnosis […]

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Ron DeSantis’s Signature Anti-Trans Law Brutally Shut Down in Court

“Representative Mace has violated House Ethics Rules by repeatedly seeking reimbursement for lodging in excess of the actual monthly expense of maintaining her co-owned townhouse in  Washington, D.C., resulting in a misuse of taxpayer funds for purposes unrelated to her official duties,” read an ethics complaint filed against the congresswoman last week. Mace’s requests plainly […]

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Ron DeSantis’s Signature Law Gets Brutally Shut Down in Court

“Representative Mace has violated House Ethics Rules by repeatedly seeking reimbursement for lodging in excess of the actual monthly expense of maintaining her co-owned townhouse in  Washington, D.C., resulting in a misuse of taxpayer funds for purposes unrelated to her official duties,” read an ethics complaint filed against the congresswoman last week. Mace’s requests plainly […]

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Trump Promises “Comeback” for Extreme Anti-Abortion Christian Group

Groff, explaining her decision to open a bookstore selling banned books in Florida, was more emphatic: “In the places where people burn books, they will one day burn people.” Indeed, the bans are of a piece with a broad right-wing agenda that seeks to restrict civil liberties across the board. Ingram identified book bans as […]

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How a quantum scientist, a nurse, and an economist are joining the fight against global poverty

A trip to Ghana changed Sofia Martinez Galvez’s life. In 2021, she volunteered at a nonprofit that provides technology and digital literacy training to people in the West African country. As she was setting up computers and connecting cables, Martinez SM ʼ23 witnessed extreme poverty. The experience was transformative. That same year, she left her […]

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A data-driven approach to making better choices

Imagine a world in which some important decision — a judge’s sentencing recommendation, a child’s treatment protocol, which person or business should receive a loan — was made more reliable because a well-designed algorithm helped a key decision-maker arrive at a better choice. A new MIT economics course is investigating these interesting possibilities. Class 14.163 […]

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Every Republican Who Voted Against Right to Birth Control

It looks like Donald Trump’s election interference case in Fulton County, Georgia, may be dead in the water.  Georgia’s Court of Appeals on Wednesday put the brakes on Trump’s trial in Fulton County, pending the outcome of several appeals from Trump and his co-defendants seeking to remove District Attorney Fani Willis over her relationship with […]

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Every Republican Who Voted Against Right to Contraception

It looks like Donald Trump’s election interference case in Fulton County, Georgia, may be dead in the water.  Georgia’s Court of Appeals on Wednesday put the brakes on Trump’s trial in Fulton County, pending the outcome of several appeals from Trump and his co-defendants seeking to remove District Attorney Fani Willis over her relationship with […]

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Study models how ketamine’s molecular action leads to its effects on the brain

Ketamine, a World Health Organization Essential Medicine, is widely used at varying doses for sedation, pain control, general anesthesia, and as a therapy for treatment-resistant depression. While scientists know its target in brain cells and have observed how it affects brain-wide activity, they haven’t known entirely how the two are connected. A new study by […]

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