Monday, March 2, 2015
  1. The Parkinson’s Mystery

    Gill Nelson, ET AL

    The Parkinson’s Mystery

    & 1

    &  focus on environmental and occupational factors as potential causes of Parkinson's disease.

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    Around 2% of people over 65 develop Parkinson's disease, but its causes remain a mystery. One promising area of research is focusing on environmental and occupational exposure to pesticides, heavy metals, and solvents, which may combine with a genetic predisposition to the disease. READ MORE

  2. Africa’s Path from Poverty

    Justin Yifu Lin

    Africa’s Path from Poverty


     traces the well-trodden route that Africa should take to lift itself out of poverty.

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    Every developing country has a window of opportunity for rapid income growth as it transforms itself from an agrarian economy into one that is urban, dynamic, and industrialized. That was true in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and it remains true today. READ MORE

  3. Obama Versus Obamacare

    Joseph E. Stiglitz, ET AL

    Obama Versus Obamacare

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    , ET AL  criticize US President Barack Obama for undermining Obamacare's goal of health-care affordability.

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    Contrary to critics’ warnings, "Obamacare" in the US has not pushed up health-care costs. But, by driving out competition from manufacturers of low-cost generic drugs, the Obama administration's emerging trade agreement with India could. READ MORE

  4. A Call to Antimicrobial Arms

    Jim O'Neill

    A Call to Antimicrobial Arms


     proposes specific measures to combat the increasingly dangerous scourge of drug resistance.

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    The world urgently needs new drugs to replace the antimicrobial drugs that are losing effectiveness, but the incentives to invest in research are missing. A solution need not be expensive, especially when compared to the alternative: $100 trillion in lost output by 2050 and ten million deaths every year. READ MORE

  5. America’s Lethal Fear of Science

    Abdul El-Sayed

Focal Point

225 pages
225 pages

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