FROM Timothy Fong
The Science of Addiction The Centers for Disease Control has released a surprising new report saying that only 10 percent of heavy drinkers actually meet the criteria for alcoholism. The study is one of many recent publications diving into the science of addiction. While all this information is shedding new light on how addiction works, it also highlights how much is still a mystery. We try to get a handle on the latest research.
Casino Shuttle Buses Are Good for Casino Business, but Are They Bad for Gamblers? Recently the City of San Gabriel voted to ban parking for buses that carry mostly Asian people to Native American gambling casinos, and even Las Vegas. They’re part of a cottage industry that’s divided that city, Monterey Park, Koreatown and other Asian communities in recent years. Timothy Fong is co-director of UCLA’s Gambling Studies Program and Associate Professor at Psychiatry at the Neuropsychiatric Institute.
North Korea tests more missiles, Turkey's president gains more power Early Tuesday morning, North Korea tested another intercontinental ballistic missile. It blew up shortly after take-off. But North Korea keeps working on a nuclear missile that could reach the U.S. Also in Turkey, a close vote has given sweeping new powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Turkey is an important Western ally in the region, but its leader is becoming increasingly authoritarian.
Lead poisoning hits LA County It’s been three years since the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan began. Flint residents are still drinking bottled water. In LA County, there are areas with even higher rates of lead contamination, and in places you wouldn’t expect, like wealthy San Marino.
States allowed to strip federal funds from abortion clinics President Trump signed the law allowing states to block federal funding to family planning clinics that offer abortions. Critics say this could potentially devastate the health care network that low-income women rely on for birth control and other reproductive care.
Scathing audit finds UC President's office hid $175 million A state audit says the Office of the President at the University of California has kept secret more than $175 million. The report says salaries are a lot a higher in that office than in comparable offices. The audit comes just months after the UC system won approval for its first tuition hike in six years.