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New theoretical model links loans to bank's capital on hand

Banking and regulation scientist Anjan Thakor publishes a paper with a theoretical model that proposes bridging the divide between bankers and politicians to link capital requirements to credit allocation — the bank's business of financing loans.

– Washington University in St. Louis

Journal of Financial Intermediation

How are things in America? The answer depends on who you voted for

A University of Delaware study found that those who identify with the party of the president are more likely to think conditions of the economy and the world are improving; those who identify with the opposition to think things are getting worse.

– University of Delaware

Political Behavior

Gun Control Debate May Prompt Interest in Firearm Ownership

Dr. Laura Gunn, an associate professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences, and colleagues found that while violent attacks cause interest in gun control to spike, the rise in gun control debate may lead to increases in searches related to pu...

– University of North Carolina at Charlotte


Despite More Violent Crimes, It’s Safer to be a Cop Today than 50 Years Ago

Dangers of policing have dramatically declined since 1970 with a 75 percent drop in police officer line-of-duty deaths. In the context of nearly 50-year monthly trends, the study also shows a statistically significant decline in felonious killings of...

– Florida Atlantic University

Journal of Criminology & Public Policy

Disclosure Law Has Improved Nurse Staffing in New Jersey, Rutgers Study Finds

A New Jersey law requiring hospitals and nursing homes to publicly report the number of patients per nurse has led to better staffing ratios, a Rutgers study finds. The study, which appears in the journal Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, is th...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice

Tax incentives target poor neighborhoods but leave communities behind

Lawmakers often tout pro-gentrification tax incentives such as the new federal "opportunity zone" tax incentive - the tax break offered to developers in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 - as tools to promote capital investment in poor neighborhoods....

– University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Wisconsin Law Review

Police Stops Unintentionally Increase Criminal Behavior in Black and Latino Youths

New research finds that Black and Latino adolescent boys who are stopped by police report more frequent engagement in delinquent behavior thereafter. The study also demonstrates that police stops have a negative impact on the adolescents’ psycholog...

– New York University


How societal attitudes, political rhetoric affect immigrants’ health

For immigrants to the United States, the current political climate, and debates over issues such as a border wall, become part of the environment that influences their health, according to a new University of Washington study.

– University of Washington

Journal of Social Policy

Cities with Tree Protection Laws Show More Canopy Coverage, Savings

Andrew Koeser, a UF/IFAS assistant professor of environmental horticulture, led a newly completed study that looked at 43 cities in Florida. Researchers showed that Florida cities with tree ordinances that protect large trees have 6.7 percent more tr...

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Landscape & Urban Planning

Psychology Behind Tax Procrastination

Research shows that most people file taxes based on how much cash they have on hand and if they expect a payment or a refund,

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– UT Southwestern Medical Center


American Cleaning Institute Response – Final FDA Rule on Consumer Hand Sanitizers

The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) welcomed a final rule governing hand sanitizers and their ingredients issued by the Food and Drug Adminstration. The FDA is allowing adequate time for manufacturers to complete new studies to generate data reques...

– American Cleaning Institute

American College of Rheumatology Applauds Introduction of Bipartisan Step Therapy Legislation

The American College of Rheumatology today praised Representative Raul Ruiz, MD (D-CA) and Representative Brad Wenstrup, MD (R-OH) for introducing the “Safe Step Act” (H.R. 2279). If enacted, H.R. 2279 would place reasonable parameters around the...

– American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

AANEM Member's Expert Testimony Helps Convict Texas Doctor and Hospital Owner in $20 Million Healthcare Fraud Scheme

Two years ago, Peter A. Grant, MD, was contacted by the FBI. He was asked to review 35 patient charts in a case involving Drs. Harcharan Narang and Gurnaib Sidhu, and Dayakar Moparty. In February 2019, Narang and Moparty’s case went to trial and Dr...

– American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM)

Nation’s Ophthalmologists Push to Remove Roadblocks to Patients’ Access to Medical and Surgical Eye Care

More than 400 eye physicians and surgeons from across the U.S. are in Washington, D.C., today to urge Congress to end federal policies that delay patients’ access to quality medical and surgical eye care.

– American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

ASTRO Applauds Introduction of PIMA Patient Protection Bill

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) hailed today’s introduction of federal legislation that would accelerate health care payment reform, reduce Medicare costs and better protect patients by closing an expensive loophole in the physi...

– American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

APA Reaffirms Opposition to Transgender Military Ban

WASHINGTON – The American Psychological Association reaffirms its opposition to the Department of Defense’s implementation later this week of a ban of transgender Americans from U.S. military service.

– American Psychological Association (APA)

ACR Leads Group Urging CMS to Implement Patient Step Therapy Safeguards and Clarify Existing Protections

The American College of Rheumatology and 24 other patient and provider organizations are calling on CMS to immediately add step therapy safeguards to the agency's proposal allowing Medicare Advantage plans to utilize step therapy for Part B drugs.

– American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

Announcements and Events

International Symposium Explores Global Impact of #MeToo Movement

The event will provide a space for dialogue and learning, offering opportunities to learn about the histories, challenges and goals of movements and efforts around the world that address gender inequalities and how these intersect with one another. T...

– University of Kentucky

American University’s New Madison Prize Honors Senators Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray

American University’s New Madison Prize Honors Senators Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray

– American University

Four Innovators Awarded Funding to Tackle Housing Affordability

Factory OS and Landed in San Francisco, Home Partners of America in Chicago and The Alley Flat Initiative in Austin have been selected by Ivory Innovations as winners of the inaugural Ivory Prize for Housing Affordability.

– Sorenson Impact Center, David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah


Are farmers in trouble? Ag Census to highlight farm sector health

– Cornell University

New law may leave Arizona nonprofits feeling taxed

– Arizona State University (ASU)





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