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Advising the nation on science, engineering, and medicine.
Advising the nation on science, engineering, and medicine.

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In a world of increasing dependence on information technology, it remains crucial that we develop secure computer and communications systems and networks. Our reports highlight the importance of increasing the usability of security technologies and recommend strategies for future research.
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17 years after legalizing the use of medical marijuana, Canada has just become the second country to legalize the possession and use of recreational cannabis. Recent years have seen a rapid rise in the medical and recreational use of cannabis around the world. However, despite this increased cannabis use and a changing state-level policy landscape, conclusive evidence regarding the short- and long-term health effects of cannabis use remains elusive. The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids develops a comprehensive, in-depth review of the most recent evidence regarding health effects of using cannabis and presents recommendations to expand the improve the quality of future research efforts.
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During the period from July 2016 to September 2017, emergency room visits for opioid overdoses in the United States increased 29.7% overall and 34.5% in 16 states with high prevalence of overdose mortality. The ongoing opioid crisis lies at the intersection of two public health challenges: reducing the burden of suffering from pain and containing the rising toll of the harms that can arise from the use of opioid medications. This scrolling infographic is based on our recent publication, Pain Management and the Opioid Epidemic. https://buff.ly/2CmRLcm

Read the full report or download it for free here: https://buff.ly/2MnkLHa
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October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Bullying behavior is a major public health problem that demands the concerted and coordinated time and attention of parents, educators and school administrators, health care providers, policy makers, families, and others concerned with the care of children. Learn what you can do to prevent bullying with our books and resources.
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Hurricane- and coastal-storm-related losses have increased substantially during the past century. Climate change poses additional threats to coastal communities from sea level rise and possible increases in strength of the largest hurricanes. Our reports review current risk-reduction strategies and make recommendations to reduce the impacts of flooding.
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The 2016 Presidential election was a watershed moment in the history of elections. The election exposed new technical and operational challenges, showed us that citizens must become more discerning consumers of information, and demonstrated that our leaders must speak candidly and apolitically about threats to our election systems.

Our recent report examines the challenges arising out of the 2016 federal election, assesses current technology and standards for voting, and recommends steps that the federal government, state and local governments, election administrators, and vendors of voting technology should take to improve the security of election infrastructure.
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Join us tomorrow for a new webinar: "We bring fire with us: the role of people in changing modern U.S. fire regimes." This event will be presented by Dr. Jennifer Balch of the University of Colorado Boulder on September 20 from 2-3pm Eastern time. Free registration here:
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Last year was the most expensive wildfire season ever in the U.S., costing $18 billion. We need to learn to live with fire, again. But how? Dr. Jennifer Balch of the University of Colorado - Boulder will address this and other questions in her webinar, “We Bring Fire With US” on Sep. 20, 2-3pm Eastern time. Free registration here:
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Improving understanding of the extent, causes, effects, and prevention of sports-related concussions is vitally important for the health and well-being of youth athletes. The findings and recommendations in our report set a direction for research to reach this goal. Read the report for free and explore the supplemental resources:
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Melting sea ice has allowed Maersk Line to launch the first ever container ship on an Arctic route. Our report explores the potential for further rapid Arctic change and identifies a cross-cutting research strategy for the next 10-20 years. https://buff.ly/2x1uDfV
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