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Health Expert Disturbed by Expiring CHIP Program

About 9 million disadvantaged children nationwide are in peril of losing their low-cost health insurance coverage if Congress fails to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) soon. The program was originally passed as a bipartisan effort in 1997, providing coverage for children in families with low and moderate incomes as well as for pregnant women. To better understand what the program’s expiration means for disadvantaged children, providers and taxpayers, ASU Now reached out to Swapna Reddy, a professor at ASU’s School for the Science of Health Care Delivery. Among Reddy’s observations: Allowing the program to expire “is particularly disturbing because our elected leaders are playing politics with the health of some of our most vulnerable — children of the working poor.”

ASU Economics Professor Decodes Trump’s Tax Plan

The Republican-led Congress, with the backing of President Donald Trump, has been promising sweeping tax reform legislation before the end of the year. The proposal includes cutting the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent and shrinking the number of personal tax brackets from seven to three. To assess the potential impact, ASU Now reached out to Dennis Hoffman, professor of economics and director of the L. William Seidman Research Institute at Arizona State University's W. P. Carey School of Business. Among his warnings is the risk of lost revenue: “Rarely do tax cuts ‘pay for themselves’ even if they do stimulate the economy,” he said.

The Opioid Consumption Turned Crisis

Prescription bottles in household medicine cabinets are partially to blame for the most recent health crisis. Even President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency. In 2015, the addiction and misuse of opioids resulted in more than 33,000 overdose deaths, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. James Hodge, professor at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, is available to discuss the state of the opioid crisis. Hodge's research delves into multiple areas of health law, public health law, global health law, ethics and human rights. 

Life After Breast Cancer

The American Cancer Society estimates that about 250,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. They will join the approximately 3.1 million breast-cancer survivors who have completed treatment or are still undergoing it. Breast-cancer survivors can experience symptoms long after their treatment has ended, such as fatigue, depression, weight gain, anxiety, cognitive dysfunction, pain and sleep disorders. Linda Larkey, a professor in Arizona State University's College of Nursing and Health Innovation, says practicing mindfulness activities such as qigong and tai chi can help to relieve these symptoms and contribute to a higher overall quality of life.

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Laurence Garvie,
Research Professor, Earth and Space Exploration
EXPERTISE: The physical and chemical processes of meteorites that shaped our Solar System

Catalonia-Spain Feud

Jeffrey Kassing
Professor, School of Social Behavioral Sciences
EXPERTISE: Organizational democracy
Catalonia's quest for independence Q&A

Cyber Security

Jamie Winterton
Director of strategy, ASU Global Security Initiative 
EXPERTISE: Defense and security research, consumer data breaches, data privacy, cybersecurity broadly, and defense
Got a Minute? Jamie Winterton on the Internet

Russian Hacking

Mark von Hagen
Professor, School of Politics and Global Studies
EXPERTISE: Russian history, politics, civil-military relations

Opioid Crisis

James Hodge
Professor, Sandra Day O’ Conner College of Law
EXPERTISE: Health Law and Policy, Public Health, Human Rights, Information Privacy
Opioid Crisis Q&A


Neal Lester
Professor, English
EXPERTISE: Race and violence

North Korea

Daniel Rothenberg
Co-Director, Center on the Future of War; Professor of Practice, School of Politics and Global Studies
EXPERTISE: War, politics, law and human rights


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