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Views of guest columnists are their own. To submit an op-ed for consideration, contact Editor Robert Zullo at [email protected]

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What the United States can learn from Canada’s cannabis clarity

By: - May 5, 2021

By Michael J. Armstrong and Paul Seaborn The inherent contradictions of American cannabis laws seem to appear in the news almost every week. At the state level, for example, Virginia recently became the latest jurisdiction to allow adult cannabis use, effective this July 1. But just days later, a court upheld United States federal tax laws that […]

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Virginia’s GOP gambles on creative ranked-choice voting for 2021 nominees 

By: - May 4, 2021

By Mark J. Rozell  The Republican Party of Virginia has a chance this year to reestablish itself as a competitive force in statewide elections. After a dozen years without a statewide victory, the GOP leadership needed to take a careful look within to understand why voters have turned their backs on the once dominant political party […]

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A battle of borrowed status

By: - April 30, 2021

By Makya Renée Little A few years back, I visited upstate New York with a friend to celebrate the medical school graduation of another friend. We both forgot to pack lotion and decided to grab some on our way to the celebration. Unfortunately, the pump on the bottle was defective. Sensing my frustration, my friend […]

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Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine: A doctor explains why benefits far outweigh risks

By: - April 27, 2021

Q & A with William Petri, University of Virginia Editor’s Note: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration lifted the pause on the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on April 23, 2021, but the labels and fact sheets given to patients will carry a warning about the exceedingly low […]

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A focus on equity this Earth Day

By: - April 21, 2021

By Mark Hoggard and Aliya Farooq As we move toward Earth Day 2021, we do so in the shadow of Derek Chauvin’s trial in the murder of George Floyd and remembering countless victims of police violence who sparked last summer’s protests. Last week, a police officer right here in Virginia has been fired after pointing […]

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Taking steps to cut maternal mortality in Virginia

By: - April 20, 2021

By Cheryl Harris Sutton Uncertainty. Fear. Worry. These are just a few of the thoughts and emotions that run through the minds of almost every expecting mother.  For many expecting Black moms, those feelings can be more acute. That’s because for many, having a child is ultimately a life and death struggle. Last week was […]

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No, vaccine side effects don’t tell you how well your immune system will protect you from COVID-19

By: - April 20, 2021

Via The Conversation If someone gets a headache or feels a bit under the weather after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, it’s become common to hear them say something like “Oh, it just means my immune system is really working hard.” On the flip side, when people don’t notice any side effects, they sometimes worry the […]

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Worsening Earth Days require a carbon price

By: - April 19, 2021

By Kate Leftin, Rose Hendricks and Mark Reynolds  The amount of heat-trapping emissions humans have spewed into our atmosphere since last Earth Day was 10 percent less than a typical year. This reduction came at a tremendous loss of life and livelihood and will be short lived as the global economy rebounds, so this is […]

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Johnson & Johnson vaccine suspension: What this means for you

By: - April 14, 2021

By Dr. William Petri, University of Virginia The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration on April 13, 2021, halted use of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine that has been given to 6.8 million people in the U.S. The pause is due to reports of blood clotting in […]

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Sea level rise is killing trees along the Atlantic coast, creating ‘ghost forests’ that are visible from space

By: - April 13, 2021

By Emily Ury, Duke University Trekking out to my research sites near North Carolina’s Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, I slog through knee-deep water on a section of trail that is completely submerged. Permanent flooding has become commonplace on this low-lying peninsula, nestled behind North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The trees growing in the water are […]

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Virginia’s next governor must be a climate champion

By: - April 9, 2021

By Jolene Mafnas With early voting beginning later this month in the gubernatorial primary, candidates for Virginia’s highest political office are already off to the races. As candidates work to carve out a niche for themselves among the crowded field, they are turning to climate change to make their boldest proposals. A few weeks ago, […]

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Why you should get a COVID-19 vaccine – even if you’ve already had the coronavirus

By: - March 30, 2021

By Jennifer T. Grier, University of South Carolina A few weeks ago, a message popped up in the corner of my screen. “What do you think about people who have recently had COVID–19 getting the vaccine?” A friend of mine was eligible for a COVID–19 vaccine, but she had recently gotten over an infection with […]