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September 19th

States ask insurers to prioritize non-opioid pain treatment

ABC News – Attorneys general representing the majority of states asked health insurers Monday to encourage pain treatment through means other than prescriptions for opioid painkillers, which are responsible for tens of thousands of deaths a year in the U.S.

September 18th

AI Research Is in Desperate Need of an Ethical Watchdog

WIRED – A recent controversy illuminates a problem in AI bigger than any single algorithm. More social scientists are using AI intending to solve society’s ills, but they don’t have clear ethical guidelines to prevent them from accidentally harming people

September 15th

Neuroscience – SciPol Weekly, September 9 – September 15

In this week's Neuroscience SciPol Weekly, government actions on the opioid crisis; links between a mother's gut microbiome and autism in children; concerns about a common cat parasite; and the neuroscience of nervous habits.