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Working together in Europe makes us stronger

Sometimes a simple idea helps us all to be better and stronger, and in ways we never could have imagined.  For example, the international standardization of shipping containers after World War II radically cut the costs of global trade and...

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Mayors must do more on mental health

In 2014, one in five American adults experienced mental illness. Four in ten Americans report knowing someone who has been addicted to prescription painkillers. Gun suicides...

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Don't put government between a patient and her doctor

During a recent doctor’s visit, I saw a coffee mug emblazoned with a funny saying that has stuck with me. “Please don’t confuse your Google search with my medical degree,” it read. I chuckled, since certainly there are a fair share of patients...

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U.S. energy milestone from the shale revolution

Thanks to the shale revolution, the United States is now on its way to becoming a major exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG). In February, two LNG cargoes left Cheniere’s Sabine Pass export terminal in Louisiana for Brazil and India.

And...

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Children’s health and our future as a nation

In a presidential year when candidates are articulating policy positions on a range of pressing issues affecting voters, our children and their role as the future of our nation is easily overlooked. Advances in medicine and public health have...

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A tale of two Maldives

This year, my country of the Maldives – an Indian Ocean island archipelago of just over 300,000 people - has been the subject of a US Senate resolution, a statement by 10 Downing Street, and a report from the All-Party Maldives Group, a caucus of...

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Celebrating nuclear energy

On the heels of Earth Day, obtaining a more green energy future is no longer a minority goal: these days, almost everyone is interested in taking steps to cut carbon emissions.  That is good news and we should also celebrate nuclear energy...

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The time is now to finalize the tobacco and nicotine regulations

Two years ago today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a proposed blueprint for regulating e-cigarettes.

The release of the proposed rule was an important step forward in achieving comprehensive regulation of new tobacco...

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