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Trump's Climate Change Denial Is Already Reshaping Public Opinion

Trump's Climate Change Denial Is Already Reshaping Public OpinionA new Gallup survey shows that independent voters are less concerned about



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New York Times Opinion Page To Publish Letters From Trump Supporters

New York Times Opinion Page To Publish Letters From Trump SupportersThe New York Times announced online Wednesday that the Thursday print edition would feature a number of letters from supporters of President Donald Trump “in the spirit of open debate.”



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Tide of Public Opinion Turning Against Moore

Tide of Public Opinion Turning Against MooreRachel Maddow reports on the strengthening position of Doug Jones, the Democratic challenger to Roy Moore as Moore maintains local party support but suffers rejection by national Republicans and local media.



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NYT Opinion Piece Nails Why Ivanka Trump Is ‘Never Going To Come Through’

NYT Opinion Piece Nails Why Ivanka Trump Is ‘Never Going To Come Through’Or, at least, that’s the opinion of writer Lindy West in Wednesday’s very funny New York Times’ opinion piece “The Ivanka Trump Guarantee.”



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Ninth Circuit cites Trump tweet in opinion blocking travel ban

Ninth Circuit cites Trump tweet in opinion blocking travel banThe court further cited press secretary Sean Spicer’s admission that tweets are to be considered official presidential statements.



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Donald Trump's approval rating plummets to record low in latest opinion poll

Donald Trump's approval rating plummets to record low in latest opinion pollDonald Trump’s approval rating has fallen to a record low, according to a new opinion poll. Conducted by Quinnipiac University, the survey found just 34 per cent of US citizens approve of their leader, while 57 per cent disapprove. It also found that 68 per cent of respondents believe Mr Trump is “not level-headed”.



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Opinion polls score much-needed Dutch election win

Opinion polls score much-needed Dutch election winBy John Geddie and Philip Blenkinsop LONDON/AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Dutch election results eased investor concerns on Thursday that opinion polls were systematically underestimating the strength of populist feeling, especially in France, after an outcome broadly in line with surveys of voter intentions. Pollsters had been chastised for not capturing an anti-establishment upsurge before 2016′s Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s U.S. election, even though both results were within a reasonable margin of error. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s victory, after fending off a challenge from far-right rival Geert Wilders, appears to have silenced some of those critics in what could be an important factor for maintaining financial stability ahead of French, German, and possibly Italian elections, later this year.



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Why Rita Wilson Says a Second Opinion Caught Her Breast Cancer

Yesterday, Rita Wilson shared with PEOPLE that she recently had a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery following a breast cancer diagnosis. The 58-year-old actress explained her personal health challenge in detail in a statement, and says she hopes her story will help others.

“I have taken a leave from the play Fish in the Dark to deal with a personal health issue,” Wilson wrote. “Last week, with my husband by my side, and with the love and support of family and friends, I underwent a bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction for breast cancer after a diagnosis of invasive lobular carcinoma. I am recovering and most importantly, expected to make a full recovery. Why? Because I caught this early, have excellent doctors and because I got a second opinion.”

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She also explained how her tough-to-diagnose form of the disease almost slipped through the cracks. “I have had an underlying condition of LCIS (lobular carcinoma in situ) which has been vigilantly monitored through yearly mammograms and breast MRIs. Recently, after two surgical breast biopsies, PLCIS (pleomorphic carcinoma in situ) was discovered. I mention this because there is much unknown about PLCIS and it is often found alongside DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ). I was relieved when the pathology showed no cancer.”

“However, a friend who had had breast cancer suggested I get a second opinion on my pathology and my gut told me that was the thing to do. A different pathologist found invasive lobular carcinoma.”

According to Erin Bowman, MD, a breast surgical oncologist at Atlanta Breast Care who is not treating Wilson, PLCIS is a subtype of LCIS. “It is treated more aggressively than usual type LCIS because studies have shown LCIS variants to be more associated with a malignancy,” she told Health in an e-mail.

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Wilson consulted with a third pathologist, who confirmed that she has invasive lobular carcinoma, the second most common form of breast cancer. “I share this to educate others that a second opinion is critical to your health. You have nothing to lose if both opinions match up for the good, and everything to gain if something that was missed is found, which does happen. Early diagnosis is key.”

How common is it for pathologists to disagree on whether abnormal-looking cells are indeed a sign of cancer? Surprisingly, it’s not as rare as you might think. “A recently reported study out of Seattle found pathologists across the U.S. matched a panel of experts only 75% of the time when looking at breast biopsies,” says Dr. Bowman. While the pathologists and the expert panel were most likely to agree on biopsies that were invasive cancer, they were less likely to agree on benign lesions or DCIS (abnormal cells that haven’t spread or invaded other tissues, which may be monitored or treated, depending on the circumstances).

“When hospital centers are able to have specialized teams of pathologists that read only breast pathology, the rate of ‘missing cancer diagnoses’ is usually lower,” says Dr. Bowman.

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The actress is thankful for not only her breast cancer care, but the support of her family, including husband of almost 27 years, Tom Hanks.

“I feel blessed to have a loving, supportive husband, family, friends and doctors and that I am the beneficiary of advances in the field of breast cancer and reconstruction,” Wilson wrote. “I am getting better every day and look forward to renewed health. I hope this will encourage others to get a second opinion and to trust their instincts if something doesn’t ‘feel’ right.”

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