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Reduced federal marketing dollars, a shortened enrollment period and regularly scheduled website blackouts are just a few of the recent actions taken by the Trump administration that may discourage Americans from obtaining health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces. Despite repeated attacks over the years, the ACA has demonstrated “unexpected resiliency,” according to Swapna Reddy, clinical assistant professor, and Matthew Speer, faculty research associate, of the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University. ASU Now spoke with Reddy and Speer to learn what the administration’s recent decisions mean for health care access, affordability and coverage.
Thanks to social media, one inaccurate but catchy headline about research can find new life in unlimited shares and retweets. This poses an especially harmful threat when the information being misrepresented pertains to health. ASU College of Health Solutions associate professor Matt Buman collaborated on an investigation with a global team of leading health researchers to debunk one particularly insidious health myth — that sitting is the new smoking. Buman and others gathered evidence from several studies that look at the health risks of both sitting and smoking and found that the two are simply not comparable based on available research.
President Donald Trump has launched a trade war over the last several months involving billions of dollars of goods and affecting the United States’ relationships with several countries, including China, Mexico and Canada, as well as the European Union. In the latest action, Trump announced a new preliminary trade agreement with Mexico, but not Canada. Troy Schmitz, associate professor in the Morrison School of Agribusiness in the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, is available to comment on the trade war and the complicated way it could affect prices and jobs.
Over the last decade, the reality of mass shooting has escalated. In 2018 alone, the country has already faced some two dozen school shootings. These senseless acts of gun violence, often committed by young people, have created enormous fear and insecurity for parents, teachers and students alike. In an effort to assess the many angles of this multifaceted issue, explore ideas from across the political landscape and search for solutions, we asked nearly a dozen ASU experts from a wide variety of fields to share their insights.
Professor, School of Life Sciences
EXPERTISE: Fires, the history of exploration, environmental history
Founding Director and Professor, School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership
EXPERTISE: Politics and Civility
Got a Minute? Paul Carrese on Civility
Research Associate, Simon A. Levin Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center
EXPERTISE: Mapping contagion models to examine the spread of ideas and social behaviors within a population
Q&A: What we do and don't know about mass shootings
Q&A: Sherry Towers on the contagion effect of mass shootings
Director, ASU Global Security Initiative; professor of practice, Fulton Schools of Engineering
EXPERTISE: The complexity of global security challenges, diversity in cybersecurity, app user privacy issues, security issues related to climate change
Got a Minute? Nadya Bliss on Geeks
Nadya Bliss on Women in STEM
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