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Brain-Wave Treatment for Alzheimer's Is Promising, but the First Human Subject Is Left Behind


An Alzheimer’s patient sees improvement‚ but declines again when the study ends. Peg Gleason, who is 83 and lives in San Francisco, was the first to sign up for the initial human trial of an MIT-backed experimental treatment for Alzheimer’s disease last January.  The trial had a slightly eccentric setting at the warehouse offices of TheraNova, a San Francisco-based medical-device developer.

Editorial: Don't Let the Tech Giants Undermine AlterNet's Fight Against Trump


Independent journalism is more important than ever in the era of Trump. This fall we shared the disconcerting story of how new threats to democracy were undermining independent, progressive media like AlterNet.

For-Profit Medical Companies Are Making Tons of Money Taking Poor Peoples’ Blood


Donors hope to get $30 a pop for their plasma, but sometimes they aren't even paid what they're promised.

Blame the Media? The NY Times Coverage of Clinton v. Trump Was Lacking


According to Columbia Journalism Review, the most influential mainstream media was gossip-prone and failed to inform the public about what mattered.

Nothing Protects Black Women From Dying in Pregnancy and Childbirth


Not education. Not income. Not even being an expert on racial disparities in health care. This story was co-published with NPR.

Patagonia Joins Native Tribes and Environmental Groups to Sue the Trump Administration Over Utah Land


Trump's massive land grab is the largest elimination of protected land in U.S. history. The outdoor retailer Patagonia announced this week that it intends to join forces with a coalition of Native American tribes and environmental groups and file a lawsuit against the Trump administration.

Nearing the End Game: The 6 Phases of Trump’s Plan to Fire Robert Mueller


Republicans prepare to end the rule of law in America. President Trump is now ready, willing and able to fire special prosecutor Robert Muller.

Trump's Enablers: A Leader This Malignant Stays in Power With a Lot of Help


Click here for reuse options! Trump's co-conspirators must be held responsible too . Anyone who spends a lot of time studying the mind, behavior, emotions and communications of human beings could have told you Donald Trump was disturbed and unfit to hold the office of president, or any significant public service office, well before he decided to make a run for it.

High-Profile Women Break the Silence on Sexual Assaults, but Activists Warn Low-Wage Workers Are Still Vulnerable to Abuse


Time Magazine's naming those following in the footsteps of Tarana Burke's anti-sexual-assault #MeToo movement as the Person of the Year doesn't mean problem solved.

Trump's Enablers: A Leader This Malignant Stays in Power With a Lot of Help


Trump's co-conspirators must be held responsible too . Anyone who spends a lot of time studying the mind, behavior, emotions and communications of human beings could have told you Donald Trump was disturbed and unfit to hold the office of president, or any significant public service office, well before he decided to make a run for it.

The Fake Left Rhetoric of Brietbart News


Breitbart’s writers are fond of quoting socialists, sometimes while red-baiting at the same time. In a recent article on Breitbart celebrating the decline in climate change–related grant applications from scientists, the far-right website mocks environmental scientists as “second rate hacks,” compares them to muggers, analogizes climate science to the philosophy of a Soviet pseudoscientist, and then concludes by reverently quoting outspoken socialist novelist Upton Sinclair.

The GOP’s War on Graduate Students: How the House Tax Bill Will Make Graduate School Unaffordable


If House Republicans get their way, graduate degrees will become a luxury item for the wealthy Anti-intellectualism has a long and inglorious history in the United States.

Don’t Worry, Conservatives: 6 Signs Christmas Is Alive and Well


Click here for reuse options! As if we needed more evidence that the war on Christmas is a myth. The mythical war on Christmas probably ended last year, when bizarrely, Fox News sent its staff a Season's Greetings holiday card, effectively abandoning its decade-long battle-cry of "Merry Christmas." After a concession like that, what’s left to debate?

With Spinoffs like Goat Yoga and Beer Yoga, What Has Yoga Become?


Click here for reuse options! There is no doubt that yoga has been re-invented to fit the needs of those it serves; but in some cases it may have gone to far.

9 New and Crazy Revelations About Unhinged Trump


Click here for reuse options! Insider disclosures from The NY Times describe days filled with TV and a dozen Diet Cokes.

Watch Van Jones School a Black Trump Supporter Unfazed by Trump’s Racist History


“It’s easy to show up for a symbol of racial progress, it’s hard to actually stand for the substance of racial progress.” The host of New Day Saturday on CNN brought on two commentators of color to debate the protests of President Donald Trump’s visit to the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

As L.A. Burns, Republicans Vote for a Tax Hike on the Victims


What a perfectly-timed way to pay for tax cuts for the rich: Raising taxes on victims of natural disasters.

After Photos Show a Mostly Empty Arena, Trump Claims His Florida Rally Was 'Packed to the Rafters'


This harkens back to inflated inauguration crowd claims. President Donald Trump boasted of “packed to the rafters” crowds for his Friday night campaign rally in Pensacola, Florida.

Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Dr. Pepper Sued Over Misleading Diet Soda Ads


A growing body of evidence suggests diet drinks might not be so slimming after all. Advertising campaigns behind diet drinks from Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Dr.

Three Largest Meat Producers Rival Exxon in Greenhouse Gas Emissions


JBS, Cargill and Tyson emitted more greenhouse gas last year than all of France. According to The Guardian, JBS, Cargill and Tyson—three of the world’s largest meat producers—emitted more greenhouse gas last year than all of France and nearly as much as the biggest oil companies, such as Exxon, BP, and Shell.


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