FROM Margaret Pericak-Vance
Breakthrough Discovery in Battle against Multiple Sclerosis Multiple Sclerosis is a neurological disease that causes symptoms ranging from muscle weakness to paralysis. Its causes are environmental as well as genetic. Thirty years ago, researchers found one gene that's part of the problem. Now medical researchers say they've found a second gene. Margaret Pericak-Vance, director of the Miami Institute for Human Genomics, co-authored two papers on MS published today.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.