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The cover story reports on the staggering costs of dementia — economic and personal — in the United States. A second feature, Interdependence Day, considers a new global order and the most critical global choices and challenges the next U.S. president will likely face. The Voices column features Jeanne Ringel's tips to protect the health of kids heading back to school. The Research Briefly column presents research findings on the safety of vaccines, children's access to guns in their homes, and care and treatment in terminal patients. The Giving column describes how economist Christine Eibner leveraged the donor-funded COMPARE microsimulation model to estimate the effects of health reform on key outcomes, including the number of newly insured as a result of the Affordable Care Act and the amount of government spending. We also report on RAND's participation in the Consortium for Resilient Gulf Communities, formed to assess and address the impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill; RAND's new Water and Climate Resilience Center; and RAND's newest trustees.

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