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  • Essential Washington

    Congress Immigration White House Jan. 16, 2018, 11:45 a.m. Sen. Cory Booker calls Homeland Security chief 'complicit'; Nielsen testifies she never met a 'Dreamer' Lisa Mascaro Sen. Cory Booker rebuked Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen as “complicit” Tuesday for failing to recall — or...

  • Lung cancer screening works better when individual risk factors are taken into account, study says

    Lung cancer screening works better when individual risk factors are taken into account, study says

    New research estimates that in a single year, some 5,000 lung cancer deaths might be averted if some former smokers who don’t currently qualify for lung-cancer screening were to get a computed tomography scan capable of detecting malignancy. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which lays down...

  • Autism spectrum disorders appear to have stabilized among U.S. kids and teens

    Autism spectrum disorders appear to have stabilized among U.S. kids and teens

    Researchers have a new reason to believe that the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders in the U.S. has reached a plateau. The evidence comes from the National Health Interview Survey, which polls American households about a variety of conditions. When a participating family includes children,...

  • Amid rising gun violence, accidental shooting deaths have plummeted. Why?

    Amid rising gun violence, accidental shooting deaths have plummeted. Why?

    A country music festival in Las Vegas: 58 dead. A Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas: 26 dead. The streets of Baltimore last year: nearly 300 dead. Gun violence has received no shortage of attention. But one bright spot has gotten much less: the number of accidental shooting deaths has...

  • Do psychiatrists have any business talking about President Trump's mental health?

    Do psychiatrists have any business talking about President Trump's mental health?

    So many norms of politics and civic discourse have been shattered in the year that ends this Sunday. And not every smashed convention this year has been the handiwork of President Donald J. Trump. In a book of essays published in October, two dozen psychiatrists and psychologists challenged strictures...

  • 11 science stories we’re looking forward to in 2018

    11 science stories we’re looking forward to in 2018

    Scientists make New Year’s resolutions like the rest of us, but their lists are just a little more ambitious. Here are some of the things they have in store this year that we can't wait to follow.

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