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Research in 140 Characters

The obstacles to successful communication between researchers and policymakers are significant. Are academics turning to social media to share their research?

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Un-Selling Sugary Drinks

Public health programs combatting obesity have mostly avoided paid counter-advertising. Why can’t the techniques of marketing un-sell soda?

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Combatting High Pharma Costs in Massachusetts

There is bipartisan agreement that unregulated pharmaceutical costs are a problem. Here are three policy approaches – including model legislation – that states could use.

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The Social Cost of Carbon

Called “the most important figure you’ve never heard of,” the social cost of carbon (SCC) is a statistic used by federal agencies to estimate the environmental costs and social benefits of proposed regulations. President Trump has called for its review.

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Disparity and Dental Therapy

Dentist visits can strike fear into the hearts of even the toughest of people. While some avoid the scraping and poking by choice, others are kept from their yearly recommended check-ups because of high costs and a lack of insurance.

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Emergency Unpreparedness

The United States tends to fund and focus on emergencies after they happen and once they have already become disastrous. State and local emergency preparedness funds and hospital preparedness funds have dwindled by one-third and one-half, respectively, since 2004.

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Calculating the Cost of Firearm Injuries

Partisan disagreements on the interpretation of the Second Amendment often hinder policy action aimed at improving public safety in this area. One aspect of firearm violence that is independent of this debate is the high healthcare cost surrounding these injuries.

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Parks and Privilege

The city of Los Angeles is a prime example of disparities in access to healthier, greener urban development. Initiatives such as the Land Trust’s project, known as “Transforming Inner-City Lost Lots” (TILL), empower low-income communities to take the “greening” of their neighborhoods into their own hands.

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Urban Blight

A recent Urban Institute report shows that urban blight, defined as substandard housing, abandoned buildings, and vacant lots, is major stressor. Repairing neighborhoods can improve individual and community health and well-being, and even reduce gun violence.

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