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Russia rushes its COVID-19 vaccine. Why all is not what it seems – Health Business Group – Health Article

Any volunteers? Russia –yes the Russia that exerts special influence on our president– has done a poor job of keeping the COVID-19 virus in check. But now they claim to have a safe and effective vaccine that’s ready to go. I’m quoted in the International Business Times (Questions Surround Russia’s Ability to Deliver a Safe, Effective Coronavirus Vaccine) Some suggest that the vaccine may not be safe – or effective. “It’s obvious that the Russians are rushing the vaccine to…

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Press release reporting is irresponsible — especially in a pandemic – Health Article

About Tara Haelle Tara Haelle (@TaraHaelle) is AHCJ’s medical studies core topic leader, guiding journalists through the jargon-filled shorthand of science and research and enabling them to translate the evidence into accurate information. I received a text from a friend this week with a link to an article about a new drug for COVID-19 that led to “rapid recovery” of “critically ill” patients with COVID-19. “Houston Methodist Hospital is making national headlines after doctors used a new drug to help…

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What do patients think of virtual care? Interview with Kyruus’s Dr. Erin Jospe – Health Business Group – Health Article

https://healthbusinessgroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Erin-Jospe-Kyruus-podcast.mp3 Dr. Erin Jospe, Kyruus CMO Patients have been receiving a megadose of virtual care since March. How’s it going and what will it mean long-term? Provider search and scheduling company, Kyruus asked 1000 patients for their opinions and published the findings. How Patients Learned About Virtual Care Options Kyruus Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Erin Jospe and I had a chance to catch up on the report and speculate about its implications in this podcast. Here’s what we discussed: (0:15)…

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You MUST Do Your Own Research When it Comes to Health – Health Article

Recently, Forbes published an article called “You Must Not ‘Do Your Own Research’ When it Comes to Science.”  The author, and astrophysicist and science educator, asserts the same tired old lines that experts often do: the average person is dumb.  They can’t understand the depth and breadth of all the knowledge in the field, in order to put new information into proper context, and ought to just let experts explain to them what the right decisions are. This has been…

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Re-Opening After Coronavirus – Modern Alternative Mama – Health Article

It’s mid-April, and we’re watching the numbers of new coronavirus cases per day decline, and yet — the media still hasn’t come out and said “We’ve peaked.”  We have, and we’re on the other side of things, but reassuring people that the worst is over doesn’t seem important to an organization that benefits from tragedy. What many people are beginning wonder now is, “What will re-opening after coronavirus look like, and when will it happen?” It’s a valid question, that politicians are…

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Massachusetts school reopening plan gets an A from me – Health Business Group – Health Article

See you in the fall There’s much to like about the new Massachusetts Initial Fall School Reopening Guidance document. It is: Purposeful –aiming to meet the objective of educating children in person while keeping them and staff members safe Timely –coming at the end of the school year, with updates promised over the summer Evidence based –relying on the latest medical and public health guidance and the experience of schools abroad Appropriately detailed –with enough specifics to  guide decisions that…

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Undergraduate pain curriculum: What needs to be included and what doesn’t? – Health Education Article

One of the prominent themes in social media discussions about pain is that the subjects are not given sufficient attention at undergraduate level. The results of this omission are that many entry-level clinicians don’t have the necessary knowledge, skills or attitudes for working with people who experience pain. (As an aside, it also makes my job as a postgraduate Academic Leader much more difficult: where do I start when developing a programme?!) Luckily there is an IASP Pain Curriculum. Actually…

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Award-winning genetics reporter shares her process – Health Article

About Tara Haelle Tara Haelle (@TaraHaelle) is AHCJ’s medical studies core topic leader, guiding journalists through the jargon-filled shorthand of science and research and enabling them to translate the evidence into accurate information. Tina Hesman Saey Sometimes exploring a topic requires more than one story … or three … and sometimes it involves a bit of personal investment. Such was the case for a multi-part series Tina Hesman Saey wrote on consumer DNA testing for Science News. The investigation took…

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How the Government and Pharmaceutical Companies are Trying to Steal Cannabis – Health Article

These days, everyone’s excited about cannabis!  (Well, in my circles, mostly CBD.) 2018 saw people cheering with the passage of the Farm Bill.  It was one of the few widely-supported bipartisan bills that made substantial changes — namely, to decriminalize industrial hemp and CBD.  It provided for a federal hemp growing program, and put CBD firmly on the “legal” side of things (while it had previously existed in a gray area). This wasn’t the first victory, though.  Cannabis has been…

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Be cautious, skeptical with comprehensive reviews of evidence – Health Article

About Tara Haelle Tara Haelle (@TaraHaelle) is AHCJ’s medical studies core topic leader, guiding journalists through the jargon-filled shorthand of science and research and enabling them to translate the evidence into accurate information. Photo: nekrum via Flickr I recently was assessing a lengthy review of the evidence on environmental exposures and breast cancer risk, and as I read, red flags started popping up. While I may not know the evidence base in this area extremely well, I knew it well…

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