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Associated Press: Vanderbilt anti-fake news project claims $50k award
A Vanderbilt University project to combat fake news has clinched an award worth $50,000 in funding. The university says the project was one of 20 selected from more than 800 submissions, and is a partnership with CrossCheck, a collaborative journalism project that was devised and developed by First Draft and Google News Lab to combat misinformation during the most recent French election. The work will draw on the research of Lisa Fazio, assistant professor of psychology. The article was picked up by U.S. News & World Report and numerous other media outlets.

BuzzFeed: Health care cuts will increase odds of dying for the uninsured, medical review predicts
If a proposed Senate health care bill becomes law, people who may be faced with losing their health insurance will face greater odds of dying prematurely compared to those insured, according to a medical review. Andrew Goodman-Bacon, assistant professor of economics, is quoted.

VOX: The GOP’s new insurance penalty is harsh punishment for sick Americans
As Senate Republicans seek to overhaul Obamacare, they are grappling with an inconvenient truth: There needs to be some kind of incentive for people to sign up for health insurance, or else the market won’t work. John Graves, assistant professor of health policy and medicine, is quoted. A related story featuring a quote from Graves was published by The Tennessean.

The National Law Review: More bad news about e-cigarettes: Bladder cancer
While proponents continue to say that e-cigs are safe, a new study shows that e-cigs may be just as dangerous as regular cigarette smoking—with new evidence that shows the added danger of explosions and risks of bladder cancer. Research by Sam Chang, Patricia and Rodes Hart Chair in Urologic Surgery, and professor of urologic surgery, is referenced.

MedGadget: Coffee helmet for better nose and throat surgery
Engineers at Vanderbilt University
have developed a silicon cap filled with coffee grounds to track patient head movements and orientation during delicate nose and throat surgery. The technology was recently presented at an international conference in Spain. Robert Webster, associate professor of mechanical engineering and otolaryngology, and Paul Russell, assistant professor of otolaryngology, are quoted.

AlterNet: GOP health care plan crushes working-class blacks and whites, but not the middle-class whites who elected Trump
After the election, many mainstream and progressive media said President Trump’s base were white working-class voters who abandoned Democrats en masse. However, contrary to the media narrative, wealthier whites, not poorer ones, formed the GOP’s 2016 voter base. That’s the conclusion of research by Noam Lupu, associate professor of political science, and Nicholas Carnes of Duke University, who examined 2016 presidential election data.

Nashville Post: TBR appoints new senior leadership
The Tennessee Board of Regents announced Russ Deaton, adjunct assistant professor of higher education, will become the new executive vice chancellor for policy and strategy.

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