An analysis by Scientific American shows a spike in stroke rates among U.S. millennials is occurring in the West and Midwest and in urban areas.

Why it matters: Mitchell Elkind, a stroke expert at Columbia University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, told Scientific American that severe strokes in millennials are "a big problem because disability in people in their peak earning years can severely impact their families and future lives."

Geographic trends: Strokes in the western region of the U.S. increased by 70% from 2003 to 2012, while the Midwest saw a 34% climb in the same years. The highest rates are still in the South where 10 cases are responsible for every 10,000 people aged 18- to 34-years old who are hospitalized.

What's happening: President of the American Academy of Neurology, Ralph Sacco, suggested contributing factors could be drug use, obesity, physical inactivity and diabetes.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 10:30 a.m. ET: 33,417,386 — Total deaths: 1,002,864 — Total recoveries: 23,193,238Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 10:30 a.m. ET: 7,150,824 — Total deaths: 205,107 — Total recoveries: 2,794,608 — Total tests: 102,342,416Map.
  3. Health: Americans won't take Trump's word on the vaccine, Axios-Ipsos poll finds.
  4. Media: Fauci: Some of what Fox News reports about COVID-19 is "outlandish"
  5. States: Cuomo extends New York moratorium on evictions until 2021.
  6. World: More than 1 million people have now died from coronavirus — India the second country after U.S. to hit 6 million cases.

Media prepares to fact check debates in real time

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From live blogs to video chyrons and tweets, media companies are introducing new ways to fact check the presidential debates in real time this year.

Between the lines: The debates themselves are likely to leave less room for live fact-checking from moderators than a traditional news interview would.