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Science Policy Around the Web – May 16, 2014

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By: Jennifer Plank

photo credit: torbakhopper via photopin cc

photo credit: torbakhopper via photopin cc

Our weekly linkpost, bringing you interesting and informative links on science policy issues buzzing about the internet.

New Guidelines Reinforce Value of Anti-HIV Pills for Prevention – Recent findings suggest that an Anti-HIV pill, Truvada, can be taken to prevent HIV. Pre-exposure prophylaxis, also called PrEP, is recommended for high risk individuals, such as homosexual men or heterosexuals in a relationship with an HIV-positive partner. However, very few high risk individuals are using PrEP and the number of new infections has not decreased. Therefore, the US Public Health Service has issued new guidelines recommending daily use by high risk individuals. Cost may be a limiting factor in Truvada use (it costs approximately $13,000/year), however, it is typically covered by insurance and assistance is available for uninsured individuals. (Jon Cohen)

Obama Administration Releases Major Climate Change ReportLast week, the Obama administration released a report detailing current and future effects of climate change. The National Climate Assessment, a collaboration of over 200 scientists, focused the affect of climate change on the United States. The NCA reported findings related to higher temperatures and increased incidence of fires, melting Alaskan glaciers and permafrost, coastline flooding, and long term agricultural problems. With this report comes renewed efforts by the Obama administration to reduce the effects of climate change. (Bryan Walsh)

Americans’ Aversion to Science Carries a High Price – Americans have many beliefs that are not founded in science including a link between vaccines and autism, the idea that taking vitamins is good for your health, fear of GMOs. Many factors, such as religion or culture, lead to these erroneous beliefs. In his opinion piece, Michael Gerson discusses the negative implications of denying science and how scientists can more adequately advocate for research. (Michael Gerson)

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May 16, 2014 at 3:20 pm

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