US still has the worst, most expensive health care of any high-income country | Ars Technica

Americans spend an exorbitant amount of money on health care and have for years. As a country, the US spends more on health care than any other high-income country in the world—on the basis of both per-person costs and a share of gross domestic product. Yet, you wouldn’t know it from looking at major health metrics in years past; the US has relatively abysmal health. And, if anything, the COVID-19 pandemic only exacerbated the USContinue…

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These benefits will disappear when Biden ends the Covid national and public health emergencies in May | CNN Politics

President Joe Biden intends to end the Covid-19 national and public health emergencies on May 11, the White House said Monday. That means that many Americans could have to start paying for Covid-19 testing and treatment after the declarations cease.The White House, in a statement of administration policy announcing opposition to two House Republican measures to end the emergencies, said the national emergency and public health emergency authorities declared in response to the pandemic wouldContinue…

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‘I hope you die’: how the COVID pandemic unleashed attacks on scientists

Infectious-diseases physician Krutika Kuppalli had been in her new job for barely a week in September 2020, when someone phoned her at home and threatened to kill her.Kuppalli, who had just moved from California to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, had been dealing with online abuse for months after she’d given high-profile media interviews on COVID-19, and had recently testified to a US congressional committee on how to hold safe elections duringContinue…

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U.S. military says no ‘hard data’ showing vaccine mandate hurts recruiting | Reuters

WASHINGTON, Dec 6 (Reuters) – The U.S. military has no data to back up claims by top Republicans in Congress that the Pentagon’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate is hurting recruiting, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Tuesday.”I’ve not seen any hard data that directly links the COVID mandate to an affect on our recruiting,” Austin told a news conference.Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, who is vying to become speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and otherContinue…

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Many minorities still don’t participate in clinical trials, but changing the narrative can save lives

For the Black community, the clinical trials are reminders of the often negative intersection of ethics, race, and medicine that has led to distrust. It is rooted in a history of exploitation of, and experimentation on, African-Americans that ranges from the Tuskegee Syphilis Study to a 19th-century doctor experimenting with gynecological treatments on enslaved women without anesthetics.Now more than ever, with the high death rates among Black men and women, it’s time to change theContinue…

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Political ideology linked with COVID health outcomes | News | Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Boston, MA – The higher the exposure to political conservatism, the higher the COVID-19 mortality rates and stress on hospital intensive care unit (ICU) capacity, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Source: Political ideology linked with COVID health outcomes | News | Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

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Should covid-19 vaccines and drugs be “not for profit”? | The BMJ

Yes—Mohga Kamal-Yanni Inequality in access to medicines and vaccines has been prevalent in developing countries for decades. The HIV epidemic of the 1980s revealed massive faults in the global system of biomedical research—primarily a reliance on market incentives to dictate research and development (R&D) of pharmaceuticals through intellectual property rights. Millions of people died of AIDS, mainly in Africa, for lack of access to the highly priced medicines that could have saved their lives. AndContinue…

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The Internet Rabbit Hole That May Be a Harbinger of Worldwide Devastation: The Racist Lesbian Emu Saga

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Apparently, the next pandemic may be the “emu flu” or “racist lesbian flu”. It’s one of those things that makes you wonder just how far some people will go for likes. Apparently de facto biological warfare against humanity. So a bunch of you are not Terminally Online which is fine. I'm kind of jealous if I'm honest. Lemme catch you up. A lesbian hobby farmer in Florida owns an emu and went viral (hahaha) forContinue…

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Lower empathy partially explains why political conservatism is associated with riskier pandemic lifestyles

New research helps to explain the association between political conservatism and riskier pandemic lifestyles. According to new research published in Discover Social Science and Health, political conservatives tend to be less empathetic, hold more authoritarian beliefs, and feel less threatened by the pandemic, which in turn is associated with reduced adherence to COVID-19 health recommendations. “Although we have seen a lot of evidence showing that political conservatism is associated with lower rates of social distancing,Continue…

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