Category Archives: Washington Post

The Cybersecurity 202: Russia hacking tactics exposed in Mueller indictment still a threat, election officials say

State Library Ed. Note: Story includes content regarding the efforts of state elections officials to defend against hacking attempts. It’s hard to defend against these simple attacks. At first glance, the techniques Russian military intelligence agents used to penetrate Democratic organizations during the 2016 elections may seem less potent now that they’ve been revealed. But […]
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Urgent care clinics are prescribing too many unnecessary antibiotics, study says

Nearly half of patients who go to urgent care clinics seeking treatment for a flu, cold or other conditions that do not require antibiotics received a prescription for one anyway. That is three times as often as antibiotics are prescribed to patients with the same illnesses in traditional doctors’ offices, according to a study published Monday. […]
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What you need to know about food contamination and recalls

We’re getting better at detecting contamination, but more needs to be done. Eggs, Honey Smacks, pre-cut melon: The food products recalled during the past few weeks could make shoppers queasy with worry about whether what they’ve just picked up from the grocery store is riddled with pathogens. This year, salmonella has been the headliner, with […]
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In about 20 years, half the population will live in eight states

Thirty-four states will be home to 30 percent of the country. In response to Post opinion writer Paul Waldman’s essay about the current power of the minority in American politics, the American Enterprise Institute’s Norman Ornstein offered a stunning bit of data on Twitter. I want to repeat a statistic I use in every talk: […]
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VA doctor shortage fueled by management issues, poor pay

There were 1,673 vacant physician positions as of March, according to VA data. The Department of Veterans Affairs gets good grades for effort, but it still has much work to do in the recruitment and retention of physicians to serve those who faced death for their country. When the Government Accountability Office says “challenges remain,” […]
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Amid opioid crisis, some very illl people struggle to get drugs they depend on

Stricter policies make doctors wary of treating chronic pain. Julie Anne Feinstein had overcome a lifetime of adversity when she began taking daily medication for pain 10 years ago at age 68, prescriptions that would eventually land her at the center of the nation’s opioid crisis. She had survived paralyzing childhood polio to become a […]
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The Energy 202: Controversial fishing bill divides anglers and environmentalists

It passed the House largely along party lines. Recreational fishermen are applauding and environmentalists are decrying a proposed overhaul to a 1976 fishing law credited with regrowing fish populations off the nation’s coasts. Largely along a party-line vote, the House greenlit the measure seeking to amend what is known as the Magnuson-Stevens Act late last week. Under the […]
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CDC Honey Smacks warning: ‘Do not eat this cereal’

Though the recall covers cereal with a best-by date of June 14, 2018, through June 14, 2019, the agency is recommending people avoid the cereal altogether. A salmonella outbreak linked to a popular Kellogg’s cereal has infected 100 people, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday. The agency is urging consumers to avoid […]
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How adoption and support programs failed the Hart siblings and ushered them to their deaths

Programs designed to protect children ushered six siblings to their deaths — and no one has been held accountable since their adoptive mother drove them off a cliff. One day, she thought, the three kids would come back and find her. They would return to Houston and reunite with the woman who fought to keep […]
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Where the real fight over abortion will take place

This year’s gubernatorial races could decide the battle lines if Roe v. Wade is ultimately overturned. In Rhode Island, Gov. Gina Raimondo, a Democrat running for a second term, has called for a special legislative session to codify abortion rights into state law. In Wisconsin, former state representative Kelda Roys, battling in a crowded Democratic […]
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