Obamacare support: When polls mention repeal it seals the deal

ITHACA, N.Y. – With the U.S. Senate set to take up debate on a new health care bill, Cornell researchers asked a simple question: Does the American public want former President Obama’s health care law repealed and replaced? It depends on how you ask the question. The researchers analyzed hundreds of national opinion polls from […]

Obesity is in the eye of the beholder: Cornell study

ITHACA, N.Y. – Doctors have a specific definition of what it means to be overweight or obese, but in the social world, gender, race and generation matter a lot for whether people are judged as “thin enough” or “too fat,” according to a new Cornell University study. “It looks like obesity is in the eye […]

AG Sessions plan to toughen drug rules wrong turn for justice

Plans by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to toughen rules for prosecuting drug crimes reverses Obama-era policies. Joseph Margulies, professor of law and government at Cornell University, says such reversals constitute a wrong turn for the justice system. Bio: http://www.lawschool.cornell.edu/faculty/bio_joe_margulies.cfm Margulies says: “For the past decade or so, drug policy has been one of the only […]

Common sweetener in low-cal foods also a marker for weight gain

ITHACA, N.Y. – A new study has identified the sugar alcohol erythritol as a biomarker for increasing fat mass. In contrast to previous assumptions and research, erythritol can be metabolized by, and even produced in, the human body. Erythritol occurs naturally in a variety of foods, such as pears and watermelons, but in recent years […]

Texas sanctuary city ban negative to agriculture, key industries

Texas Senate Bill 4 – which bans sanctuary cities – is now the law in the Lone Star state, but it’s impact on public safety and the economy is a matter of brisk debate. Maria Figueroa, director of Labor and Policy Research at the Cornell University ILR School’s Worker Institute, says that SB4 will negatively […]

Tips and tricks for dealing with ticks

As the warm weather of spring rolls across the land, ticks are becoming more active. The following Cornell University experts offer an assessment of the 2017 tick season. All are available for comment. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann: A relatively mild winter coupled with even greater abundance of deer and mice means that ticks are more plentiful […]

No science and no policy after EPA’s climate-change purge

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decision to remove climate science information from several of its websites triggered vigorous national debate and protests. David M. Lodge, director of the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University, says that changes in policy are expected with incoming presidential administrations, but removal of scientific data is an […]

Opioid abuse drops when doctors check patients’ drug history

ITHACA, N.Y. – There’s a simple way to reduce the opioid epidemic gripping the country, according to new Cornell University research: Make doctors check their patients’ previous prescriptions. The most significant response to the opioid epidemic comes from state governments. Nearly every state now has a database that tracks every prescription for opioids like OxyContin, […]

Three reasons why Trump tax cut plan won’t reduce poverty

Thomas Hirschl, co-developer of the poverty risk calculator, an expert in income insecurity and professor of development sociology at Cornell University, says that President Trump’s proposed tax cuts will not reduce poverty. Bio: https://devsoc.cals.cornell.edu/people/thomas-hirschl Hirschl says: “On April 25 President Trump set forth a proposal to cut taxes on corporations, individuals, and families. While the […]

Trump wall with Mexico provides illusion of a solution

Adam T. Smith, professor of anthropology at Cornell University says that the archaeological record is clear: President Trump’s proposed wall on the Mexico-U.S. border offers only the illusion of security – just as similar walls have throughout history. Bio:   http://anthropology.cornell.edu/adam-smith Smith says: “Large-scale barrier walls established in antiquity were created in order to guard boundaries, […]