FDA Should Help Defeat Another Viral Epidemic—HIV—By Reclassifying PrEP And PEP Over The Counter

Last October, California expanded the scope of practice of pharmacists to allow them to prescribe HIV pre‐​exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post‐​exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to people at risk. Similar legislation is currently being considered by the New York state legislature. I have argued here that the Food and Drug Administration should reclassify PrEP and PEP as over the counter. While allowing pharmacists … Continue reading FDA Should Help Defeat Another Viral Epidemic—HIV—By Reclassifying PrEP And PEP Over The Counter

How Extended COVID-19 Lockdowns Pose a Serious Threat to Mental Health

Americans’ mental and emotional health can’t be ignored in the fight against COVID-19. Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, assistant secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services for mental health and substance use, joins the show to explain the physiological effects of extended isolation. McCance-Katz is both an epidemiologist and a psychiatrist. That enables her to have a … Continue reading How Extended COVID-19 Lockdowns Pose a Serious Threat to Mental Health

Gene therapy and CRISPR strategies for curing blindness (Yes, you read that right)

In recent months, even as our attention has been focused on the coronavirus outbreak, there have been a slew of scientific breakthroughs in treating diseases that cause blindness. Researchers at U.S.-based Editas Medicine and Ireland-based Allergan have administered CRISPR for the first time to a person with a genetic disease. This landmark treatment uses the … Continue reading Gene therapy and CRISPR strategies for curing blindness (Yes, you read that right)

Another Lesson in Politics, Central Planning, and the Practice of Medicine

Researchers in the U.K report that the inexpensive and commonly‐​used steroid dexamethasone reduced the fatality rate of COVID-19 patients on ventilators by 30 percent. This wonderful news makes a lot of sense to health care practitioners. As we learn more about the workings of the novel coronavirus we now understand that many of the most critical cases … Continue reading Another Lesson in Politics, Central Planning, and the Practice of Medicine

Canada’s Government-Run Health Care System Crumbled under COVID-19

In an editorial last week, the Los Angeles Times declared it conventional wisdom that COVID-19 proves Bernie Sanders was right about “Medicare for All,” because with universal health coverage, the government wouldn’t have to send emergency aid to “hospitals and state health programs.” This assertion is completely false, however, and we know because billions in … Continue reading Canada’s Government-Run Health Care System Crumbled under COVID-19

Government-Controlled Health Care Won’t Help Us Live Longer

Will government-controlled national health insurance increase Americans’ life expectancy? Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and some of his colleagues in the House of Representatives often claim that “Medicare for All” legislation will improve American longevity and reduce American health care costs. According to a comprehensive 2018 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the United States has … Continue reading Government-Controlled Health Care Won’t Help Us Live Longer

How Cuba’s Dictatorship Hides its Dead Children

Fidel Castro, the dictator who ruled Cuba with an iron fist for almost six decades, has been dead for more than three years now. Unfortunately, his regime didn’t die alongside him. The Caribbean’s largest island is still under the burdensome yoke of communism. Since Castro took over in 1959, Castroism has been characterized by the … Continue reading How Cuba’s Dictatorship Hides its Dead Children

Why New York’s Hand Sanitizer Stunt Won’t Work

As new cases of COVID-19 continue to be diagnosed in the US and abroad, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced the state is prepared to introduce its own brand of hand sanitizer, free of charge, called NYS Clean hand sanitizer. At the press conference unveiling the brand, Cuomo remarked, “This is a superior … Continue reading Why New York’s Hand Sanitizer Stunt Won’t Work

Let Americans Test for Coronavirus If You Want to Contain It

After suffering from the initial outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), China appears to have succeeded at turning around its spread through the use of highly coercive measures such as widespread home confinement of both healthy and sick persons. Can societies with more individual liberty match its success without losing their character? South Korea, a more … Continue reading Let Americans Test for Coronavirus If You Want to Contain It

A Judge Will Likely Rule Against Obamacare. Here’s What Should Happen Next.

A federal judge is expected to rule soon on whether Obamacare’s individual mandate is constitutional without a tax penalty to enforce it, and if it is not, whether the rest of Obamacare’s provisions (including its insurance regulations) are no longer operative. If the judge rules against Obamacare, as many predict, brace yourself for a tsunami … Continue reading A Judge Will Likely Rule Against Obamacare. Here’s What Should Happen Next.