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What Helps to Ensure Cooperation in Diverse Societies?

Dov Michaeli, MD, PhD - 5/25/2018 - 1

A study of post-war Bosnia provides insights into what helps (and what doesn’t) when it comes to ensuring cooperation in diverse societies. The findings are highly relevant to the divisiveness in U.S. society today.

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Did the President Pass or Fail His Heart Health Tests?

Patricia Salber, MD, MBA - 2/27/2018 - 0

President Trump’s heart health tests have generated much discussion in the media. So I invited a triple-boarded practicing cardiologist to weigh in.

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Cooperation in the Age of the Gerrymander

Dov Michaeli, MD, PhD - 1/21/2018 - 5

In the past, cooperation for mutual benefit was so biologically advantageous that it was hard-wired in the brain, but politics may have changed the rules of the game.

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The Real Benefits of Women’s Resistance in an Uncertain Time

Tobey Hiller - 1/17/2018 - 4

Karen McCann’s book ‘Women of the American Resistance: You Are the One We Have Been Waiting For,’ shines a light on the variety and creativity of activism.

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Are Political Views Hard-Wired in the Brain?

Dov Michaeli, MD, PhD - 12/14/2017 - 0

There is still a big gap in our knowledge between fixation of memories in the brain and fixed political views, but we know when experiences are embedded in long-term memory, thick protein bridges between the neurons “solidify” the circuits.

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Selective Memory in the Age of Facebook

Dov Michaeli, MD, PhD - 11/16/2017 - 0

It’s easy to understand the power of Facebook: Memories are reinforced by repetition and forgetting is induced when messages come from outside of your tribe.

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Examining the Federal Response to the Opioid Crisis, Part 2

Leslie Dye, MD - 10/11/2017 - 0

In the second part of her examination of the Federal response to the opioid crisis, addiction specialist Leslie Dye, MD suggests how to make it better.

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Failure to Think Critically Allows Anti-Science to Flourish

Dov Michaeli, MD, PhD - 9/3/2017 - 0

Lack of critical thinking skills has allowed the anti-science policies of Trump’s administration and Congress to threaten the health and well-being of the country.

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The Anti-Contraception Agenda is Fueled by Fake Science

Patricia Salber, MD, MBA - 8/11/2017 - 2

Those of us who care deeply about women’s health and reproductive rights have plenty of reason for concern now that advocates of fake science are in positions of power and alternative facts have been weaponized by state legislatures.

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Trump Finally Declares the Opioid Epidemic a National Emergency

Patricia Salber, MD, MBA - 8/10/2017 - 1

President Trump’s special Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis interim report details its recommendations for dealing with the epidemic.

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Zika May Harm Adult Brains, Too

Patricia Salber, MD, MBA - 8/22/2016 - 3

A new study shows that Zika virus infects adult brain cells suggesting that the consequences of the infection may be far greater than previously thought.

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