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  • A Capitalist Defense of Big Pharma

    11/15/2020 9:50:37 AM PST · by WTanner1776 · 4 replies
    Gen Z Conservative ^ | 11/14/2020 | PF Whalen
    Capitalism, and the American pharmaceutical industry that thrives under it, saves lives. With the possible exception of “Big Oil,” there is no industry more demonized in America than the pharmaceutical industry. In some cases, the disdain for “Big Pharma” is both understandable and justified—as with the “commercial triumph” but “public health tragedy” surrounding the sale and regulation of OxyContin. But we are now on the precipice of one of those very pharmaceutical companies, Pfizer Inc., being granted permission by the FDA to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine, in the hopes of eradicating a disease that has killed almost 1.3 million worldwide...
  • Trump admin funds plasma company based in owner's condo [Barf]

    11/01/2020 4:44:28 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 18 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | November 1, 2020 | Associated Press
    When the Trump administration gave a well-connected Republican donor seed money to test a possible COVID-19-fighting blood plasma technology, it noted the company's “manufacturing facilities” in Charleston, South Carolina. Plasma Technologies LLC is indeed based in the stately waterfront city. But there are no manufacturing facilities. Instead, the company exists within the luxury condo of its majority owner, Eugene Zurlo. Zurlo's company may be in line for as much as $65 million in taxpayer dollars; enough to start building an actual production plant, according to internal government records and other documents obtained by The Associated Press. The story of how...
  • The True Cost of Marijuana: A Colorado Town That Went All-In

    10/27/2020 8:58:09 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 62 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | 10/27/2020 | Charlotte Cuthbertson
    PUEBLO, Colo.—It’s a common story across America: A city loses its main employer, usually a manufacturing company with well-paying, blue-collar jobs (that often go to China). The city’s economy crumbles, and those who can move out, do. Decades later, and looking peeling-paint tired, the city hasn’t managed to recover, but drugs have found a permanent home. In Pueblo, Colorado, the manufacturer was a steel plant beleaguered by a market crash in the 1980s and worker strikes in the 1990s. And one drug was given a red-carpet welcome. For years, Pueblo has been looking for industries to revive its economy, and...
  • Researchers discovered the second 'key' used by the SARS-CoV-2 virus to enter into human cells

    10/25/2020 9:00:42 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 47 replies
    University of Helsinki ^ | 2020 October 20 | Ludovico Cantuti-Castelvetri et al
    To efficiently infect human cells, SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is able to use a receptor called Neuropilin-1, which is very abundant in many human tissues including the respiratory tract, blood vessels and neurons. The breakthrough discovery was made by a German-Finnish team of researchers led by neuroscientists Mika Simons, Technical University of Munich, Germany and virologist Giuseppe Balistreri, Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland. Why is the new coronavirus so infectious? "That SARS-CoV-2 uses the receptor ACE2 to infect our cells was known, but viruses often use multiple factors to maximize their infectious potential"...
  • Herd Immunity To COVID Is Not Reckless. It Would Protect The Vulnerable

    10/19/2020 9:22:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    The Federalist ^ | October 18, 2020 | Jay W. Richards, Douglas Axe and William Briggs
    Freaking out about ‘herd immunity’ looks like a smear campaign designed to prevent Americans, including the president, from hearing the scientific case against the lockdowns. Why is the press and officialdom suddenly shrieking about “herd immunity”? On Oct. 12, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said pursuing herd immunity is “unethical.” Within hours, most of the media broadcast the same message. It’s as though someone sent out a list of talking points. “Sweden’s experiment with herd immunity is unethical and undemocratic,” Australia’s ABC intoned, “and reveals an underlying political pathology.” According to Fortune, herd immunity against SARS-CoV2 is a...
  • Fighting Racism Instead of Disease: The intrusion of critical race theory into medicine and public health

    10/12/2020 7:24:32 PM PDT · by karpov · 10 replies
    City Journal ^ | October 12, 2020 | Connor Harris
    The Covid-19 pandemic in the West has disproportionately harmed racial minorities, especially those of African descent. According to a United Nations report from June, African-Americans in the United States had twice the death rate from Covid-19 as other races, as did black and South Asian ethnic groups in the U.K. Death rates among black minority groups in France and Brazil were also markedly elevated. Many have taken it for granted that these differences stem from poverty and racism, which force nonwhites into crowded housing and jobs with high disease exposure. For Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner on Human...
  • Destroying Our Drug Market Won’t Defeat Free-Riding Socialists

    09/23/2020 8:26:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | September 23, 2020 | Andrew Quinlan
    For a long time, other nations have been free riders on America’s innovative pharmaceutical industry. Worse, they have enacted socialist price controls to limit what they pay knowing that the largest market would pick up the slack to ensure a steady supply of new lifesaving drugs. It needs to stop, but President Trump’s recent executive order is not the right way to do it. Earlier this month, the president signed his “Most Favored Nations” Executive Order to test a program limiting prescription medication payments made through Medicare Part B and Part D to the lowest rate paid in similarly developed...
  • The unfolding COVID-19 pandemic: A probability-based, nationally representative study of mental health in the U.S. ["mental health crisis of unprecedented scope and scale"]

    09/20/2020 11:18:38 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 20 replies
    American Association for the Advancement of Science ^ | 18 Sep 2020 | E. Alison Holman; Rebecca R. Thompson; Dana Rose Garfin;Roxane Cohen Silver
    As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds across the world, the scientific community has focused on understanding the transmission, biology, and treatment of the novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). To date, empirical investigations of the mental health impact of this collective trauma represent less than 3% of the published literature, (1) even though the pandemic, including its associated social and economic fallout, represents a mental health crisis of unprecedented scope and scale. (2) Globally, COVID-19 has left hundreds of millions of people at risk for serious illness or death, (3) isolated in their homes, (4) and without jobs or income. These circumstances place people...
  • More Medical Propaganda Disguised as a “Study” about Firearms and Risk

    08/26/2020 5:31:38 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    AmmoLand ^ | 24 August, 2020 | Dean Weingarten
    The American Journal of Medicine recently published a paper about deaths associated with firearms. The paper misleads in the first sentence of the abstract. The lie is in the unstated, false assumption. It is a subtle but important shift in causation. The first sentence in the abstract is: News media and policy makers frequently discuss deaths from firearms, drug overdoses, and motor vehicle accidents. The shift in causation is done when the author inserts the word from before firearms and associates firearms with drug overdoses and motor vehicle accidents. The correct word would be with. The correct usage would differ...
  • Google faces backlash from privacy activists for gathering people's health data from hospitals across the country to build its algorithms

    08/24/2020 6:03:00 AM PDT · by tbw2 · 40 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Aaron Holmes | Aaron Holmes
    For years, Google has been quietly gathering people's health data through partnerships with hospitals and universities in order to build its artificial intelligence systems meant to predict health trends.
  • Get on with your lives! Professor says as coronavirus 'not as deadly as first thought'

    08/23/2020 1:05:25 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 59 replies
    Express ^ | 23 Aug, 2020 | LUCY JOHNSTON
    CORONAVIRUS is not as deadly as was thought and the public fear that is stopping the country returning to normal is unfounded, a leading expert says. Carl Heneghan, Professor of Evidence-based medicine at Oxford University, called for the government to intervene and "proactively reassure the population". He said exaggerated fears of Covid have led to "people going about their daily lives misunderstanding and overestimating their risk”. And he said introducing local lockdowns could do more harm than good by forcing people into their homes, potentially infecting other vulnerable people that live with them. Professor Heneghan - whose work led to...
  • Yes, Children Are ‘Almost Immune’ To The Worst Of COVID-19

    08/21/2020 7:04:34 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 12 replies
    thefederalist ^ | 08/21/2020 | Deane Waldman
    With the summer drawing to a close, the big question for nearly 60 million U.S. school-age children is whether they can return to school for in-person learning, or must remain at home limited to virtual education. States and municipalities differ widely on whether and how to re-open schools based on differing assessments of the risks of COVID-19 to children if they are in direct contact with each other and with teachers. Teachers’ unions are resisting school re-opening with political demands that have nothing to do with teaching, such as defunding the police, passage of Medicare-for-All, and elimination of competing charter...
  • Stanford scraps admission test requirement for medical students

    08/18/2020 8:21:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 59 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | Aug 17, 2020 | Ben Zeisloft
    Stanford University will remove admissions test requirements for the upcoming school year in response to COVID-19... Most notably, Stanford Medicine, one of the top medical schools in the country, will not require the MCAT. ... Stanford’s School of Medicine will not require students to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), the standardized test for medical degree candidates. Stanford Medicine said that applications can be submitted without the MCAT through September 30, 2020 “in fairness to all applicants.” ... Stanford's physics department will not have to submit scores for the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) or the GRE subject test in...
  • Smoking or vaping cannabis could cause strokes, heart attacks

    08/05/2020 1:13:43 PM PDT · by Mariner · 92 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | Auguest 5th, 2020 | By Nicole Lyn Pesce
    The American Heart Association is warning that marijuana use shows “substantial risks” and “no benefit” in cardiovascular health, and its deputy chief science and medical officer is recommending that people “not smoke or vape any substance, including cannabis products, because of the potential harm to the heart, lungs and blood vessels.” Marijuana contains the psychoactive chemical THC (which gives users the “high”), as well as more than 100 compounds (cannabinoids, such as the popular cannabidiol, or CBD ) chemically related to THC that are still not entirely understood. Studies suggest that they inhibit some enzymes in the body that can...
  • In ‘Unity’ Platform With Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden Paves Way For Socialist Medicine

    07/23/2020 6:57:25 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 14 replies
    thefederalist ^ | 07/23/2020 | Christopher Jacobs
    The “unity task forces” assembled by presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his primary competitor and avowed socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) recently issued their report. The policy recommendations, released ahead of next month’s Democratic National Convention, speak to how far the party has moved to the left, even under the supposedly “moderate” Biden. On health care, the fact that the task force failed explicitly to endorse a single-payer system does not make its policies much less radical. Compared to the policies of Barack Obama — the man under whom Biden served as vice president, and whom Biden uses...
  • An experiment in end-of-life care: Tapping AI’s cold calculus to nudge the most human of conversations

    07/16/2020 12:18:59 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 12 replies ^ | July 1, 2020 | Rebecca Robbins
    The daily email that arrived in physician Samantha Wang’s inbox at 8 a.m., just before morning rounds, contained a list of names and a warning: These patients are at high risk of dying within the next year.One name that turned up again and again belonged to a man in his 40s, who had been admitted to Stanford University’s hospital the previous month with a serious viral respiratory infection. He was still much too ill to go home, but Wang was a bit surprised that the email had flagged him among her patients least likely to be alive in a year’s...
  • An invisible hand: Patients aren’t being told about the AI systems advising their care

    07/16/2020 12:15:38 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 21 replies ^ | July 15, 2020 | Rebecca Robbins and Erin Brodwin
    Since February of last year, tens of thousands of patients hospitalized at one of Minnesota’s largest health systems have had their discharge planning decisions informed with help from an artificial intelligence model. But few if any of those patients has any idea about the AI involved in their care.That’s because frontline clinicians at M Health Fairview generally don’t mention the AI whirring behind the scenes in their conversations with patients.At a growing number of prominent hospitals and clinics around the country, clinicians are turning to AI-powered decision support tools — many of them unproven — to help predict whether hospitalized...
  • More than 5.3 lakh COVID-19 patients in India cured till now; recovery rate improves to 62.93%

    07/12/2020 3:41:11 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 16 replies
    ANI, DNA ^ | July 12, 2020 | DNA Wem Team
    More than 5.3 lakh COVID-19 patients in India cured till now; recovery rate improves to 62.93% In the last 24 hours, a total of 19,235 patients were cured of COVID-19. Even as the country has reported 2.9 lakh active cases for coronavirus so far with total 8,49,553 confirmed COVID-19 cases, the Union Health Ministry has informed that more than 5.3 lakh virus-infected patients have been recovered till date. So far, the Central government has recorded 2,92,258 active cases and 5,34,620 cured/discharged cases." In the last 24 hours, a total of 19,235 patients were cured of COVID-19. This has resulted in...
  • Surprise, Surprise, Surprise: Capitalism in Medicine Trounces Socialism

    06/06/2020 6:11:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    American ^ | June 6, 2020 | Howard Sachs
    Socialism or capitalism for health care? We know that leftists root for the former. They are fools to do so. I've been practicing medicine for over 30 years under various economic systems. The V.A. I worked at is almost a liberty- free, hard-left system, with doctors and patients grinding through the day under piles of government laws regarding when, where, how much, and who will get medical care. The waste and inefficiencies are in plain sight there. Its socialist organization is why thousands of our precious veterans have died prematurely or suffered intolerable waits for the expensive and generally mediocre...
  • Hundreds of medical students and staff stage die-in at UNM (NM snowflakes on the march)

    06/05/2020 10:28:00 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 25 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | June 4, 2020 | Anthony Jackson
    Future health care workers at the University of New Mexico are fighting two enemies on the same battlefield: racism and COVID-19. Around 200 medical students and staff staged a die-in Thursday afternoon at the Health Sciences Library to bring attention to racial disparities within the medical community and to honor George Floyd, the man killed in police custody in Minneapolis on Memorial Day. Several of the demonstrators lay face down on the ground for 8 minutes and 46 seconds – the length of time a police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck, killing him. Others kneeled. Some prayed. Alexis...