Forget the ‘Progressive’ Promise of Free Care for All When It Comes to Government-Controlled Health Care

Be prepared for delays and denials of medical care, if self-styled “progressives” in Congress abolish all private health coverage and enact a federal government program of national health insurance, all in the name of “free care for all.” In a hefty 206-page report, the Congressional Budget Office posits five scenarios in estimating the costs of such a program based on Medicare payment … Continue reading Forget the ‘Progressive’ Promise of Free Care for All When It Comes to Government-Controlled Health Care

If I have allergies, should I get the coronavirus vaccine? An expert answers this and other questions

Mona Hanna-Attisha, Michigan State University Editor’s Note: With a coronavirus vaccination effort now underway, you might have questions about what this means for you and your family. If you do, send them to The Conversation, and we will find a physician or researcher to answer them. Here, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a public health pediatrician whose … Continue reading If I have allergies, should I get the coronavirus vaccine? An expert answers this and other questions

I’m a Doctor. Here’s Why I Plan to Get the Coronavirus Vaccine.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee concluded its Thursday meeting by recommending that a coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer be granted an emergency use authorization. Another vaccine, developed by biotech company Moderna, is expected to be authorized soon. Both Pfizer’s and Moderna’s vaccines show 95% efficacy in preventing infections, which means the … Continue reading I’m a Doctor. Here’s Why I Plan to Get the Coronavirus Vaccine.

The coronavirus vaccine: A doctor answers 5 questions

Editor’s Note: With the Food and Drug Administration issuing emergency use authorization for a vaccine to limit the spread of coronavirus, you might have questions about what this means for you. If you do, send them to The Conversation, and we will find a physician or researcher to answer them. Here, Dr. Jason McKnight, a … Continue reading The coronavirus vaccine: A doctor answers 5 questions

How Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order Trapped My 89-Year-Old Mother in COVID Limbo for Weeks

On March 25 of this annus horribilis, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order that required nursing homes to admit COVID-19 patients. Infections spread like wildfire and thousands died. On May 10, the governor reversed himself with a revised order that prohibited nursing homes from readmitting residents hospitalized for COVID-19 unless they had … Continue reading How Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order Trapped My 89-Year-Old Mother in COVID Limbo for Weeks

Harvard Researchers: Nearly Half of Young Adults Showing Signs of Depression Amid Pandemic

Mounting evidence shows that pandemic-related lockdowns and restrictions have inflicted much more harm on younger people than the coronavirus itself. A new report reveals that nearly half of 18 to 24 year-olds are “showing at least moderate depressive symptoms," and for many the depression is severe. Researchers at Harvard, Northeastern, Rutgers, and Northwestern universities conducted eight large … Continue reading Harvard Researchers: Nearly Half of Young Adults Showing Signs of Depression Amid Pandemic

Distilleries Should Be Allowed to Produce Hand Sanitizer, and Not Just In Emergencies

As states across the country issued lockdown orders in the face of COVID-19, one type of business was almost uniformly deemed essential: liquor stores. For those attempting to work, homeschool kids, and stay home 24/7 without killing anyone, the continued operation of liquor stores and the distilleries that supply them was deeply appreciated. But in … Continue reading Distilleries Should Be Allowed to Produce Hand Sanitizer, and Not Just In Emergencies

Are the Ups and Downs of COVID-19 Cases Due to Politicians?

Many news reports purporting to explain the ups and downs of COVID-19 cases in nations or states implicitly assume the epidemic is entirely under human control. Infections therefore rise when politicians and people behave badly, in this view, and infections fall when politicians get tougher and/​or people get smarter. “Western Europe Avoids New Surge,” claims The … Continue reading Are the Ups and Downs of COVID-19 Cases Due to Politicians?

HHS Acts to Preserve Religious Freedom at Hospitals During Pandemic

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services took two important steps to protect religious freedom during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The agency’s Office for Civil Rights announced that patients at hospitals within the University of Maryland Medical System may receive visits by clergy amid the pandemic. And, the office said, a medical student at Staten Island University Hospital … Continue reading HHS Acts to Preserve Religious Freedom at Hospitals During Pandemic

The DEA’s Opioid Production Quotas Threaten Hospitalized Patients, Yet Supply of Street Fentanyl is Plentiful

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed another stumbling block in the way of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s futile effort to reduce the country’s drug overdose rate through quotas on the manufacture of all forms of prescription opioids. The DEA’s annual quotas have brought production levels more than 50 percent below 2016 levels. But, in response to the COVID-19 … Continue reading The DEA’s Opioid Production Quotas Threaten Hospitalized Patients, Yet Supply of Street Fentanyl is Plentiful