Health Policy

A prized UK biotech firm looks to Wall Street, much to Rishi Sunak’s dismay

  • by

Vaccitech, the Oxford-based firm behind the AstraZeneca vaccine, is a high-profile float that slipped away A glowing, Deliveroo-style tribute from Rishi Sunak will not be required for this flotation. Vaccitech, the Oxford-based firm that owns some of the key biotechnology behind the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine,… Read More »A prized UK biotech firm looks to Wall Street, much to Rishi Sunak’s dismay

We Are the Ever Given

  • by

By KIM BELLARD The Ever Given is free!  Admit it: you’ve been following the story about the huge container ship stuck in the Suez Canal.  It’s about the size of the Empire State building laid flat, and somehow ended up blocking one of the busiest… Read More »We Are the Ever Given

Post Pandemic Re-Entry

  • by

By ALICIA MORTON FARLESE Not in our lifetimes has humanity experienced such a pervasive, profound, and prolonged retreat from “normal lives.” This. Will. Not. Be. Easy.  While the conversation about the serious negative impact on our behavioral health has started, we also suffer from a… Read More »Post Pandemic Re-Entry

Oxford Covid vaccine 10% effective against South African variant, study suggests

  • by

Small-scale trial of vaccine’s efficacy shows it offers very little protection against mild to moderate infection Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine offers as little as 10% protection against the Covid variant first seen in South Africa, researchers have… Read More »Oxford Covid vaccine 10% effective against South African variant, study suggests

No Names, Please

  • by

By KIM BELLARD Feeling good about your holiday spending?  You’ve made it through most of this mostly horrible 2020, maybe lost a job or even a loved one, but still probably found a way to buy presents for your loved ones and maybe even to… Read More »No Names, Please

What, Us Worry

  • by

By KIM BELLARD 2020 has been an awful year.  Hurricanes, wildfires, murder hornets, unjustified shootings, a divisive Presidential election, and, of course, a pandemic.  Most of us are spending unprecedented amounts of time sheltering in place, millions have lost their jobs, the economy is sputtering,… Read More »What, Us Worry

Healthcare’s Bridge Fire

  • by

By KIM BELLARD We had a bridge fire here in Cincinnati last week.  Two semis collided in the overnight hours.  The collision ignited a blaze that burned at up to 1500 degrees Fahrenheit and took hours to quell.  Fortunately, no one was killed or injured,… Read More »Healthcare’s Bridge Fire

In Praise of Unsung Heroes

  • by

By KIM BELLARD Even in this extraordinary year, this has been an extraordinary week.  Last Tuesday we had what many believe to have been the most important Presidential election in recent times, maybe ever.  The week also found the coronavirus pandemic reaching new heights.  That… Read More »In Praise of Unsung Heroes

We Need a Digital Identity Framework to Guide the Challenging Transition to Remote Healthcare

  • by

By GUS MALEZIS We don’t often see two Republicans and two Democrats come together to offer solutions to problems. But even at this difficult time in America, I can see bipartisanship in a truly meaningful way. The intensely-challenging issue of digital identity is bringing members… Read More »We Need a Digital Identity Framework to Guide the Challenging Transition to Remote Healthcare

Election Issue Spotlight: “Junk” Insurance Makes a Pandemic Even Worse

  • by

By ROSEMARIE DAY and NIKO LEHMAN-WHITE One of the most important responsibilities of the American government is to protect its citizens from harmful industry practices, from lead poisoning to dangerous pharmaceuticals to financial meltdowns. Its record is far from perfect, but government regulators usually act… Read More »Election Issue Spotlight: “Junk” Insurance Makes a Pandemic Even Worse

Viruses on Motorcycles

  • by

By ANISH KOKA The most recent fiction dressed up as science about COVID comes to us courtesy of a viral Washington Post article.  “How the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally may have spread coronavirus across the Upper Midwest” screams the headline.   The charge made is that “within… Read More »Viruses on Motorcycles

Careful What You Wish For: How Republican Attorneys General’s Attack on the ACA Could Trigger Medicare for All

  • by

By MIKE MAGEE Cautionary tales are timeless. Take for example Aesop’s Fables, from 620 BC, which included the advisory, “Be careful what you wish for lest it come true.” Trump and the Republicans who oppose the ACA take heed. You may be inadvertently taking the… Read More »Careful What You Wish For: How Republican Attorneys General’s Attack on the ACA Could Trigger Medicare for All

Thriving in COVID Times

  • by

By KIM BELLARD These are, no question, hard times, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In the U.S., we’re closing in on 180,000 deaths in the U.S.  Some 40 million workers lost their jobs, and over 30 million are still receiving unemployment benefits.  Hundreds of thousands,… Read More »Thriving in COVID Times

Take Your Mom to Work

  • by

By KIM BELLARD If you are a working mom, or married to one, or simply know one, you know that it is tough to balance a job and raising a child even under ideal circumstances.  Even if she has a supportive spouse, chances are that… Read More »Take Your Mom to Work

Repurposing a Universally Installed EHR App Into an Effective COVID-19 Early Detection System

  • by

By SCOTT WEINGARTEN, MD COVID-19 exposed our country’s lack of centralized coordination when it comes to managing and preventing disease spread. Today, our public health system relies on flawed data and obsolete technology that fails to accurately track current and suspected cases, risk stratify patients,… Read More »Repurposing a Universally Installed EHR App Into an Effective COVID-19 Early Detection System

The 2020 Pandemic Election

  • by

The 2020 US election will be vicious, with a nasty pandemonium following a nasty pandemic. By SAURABH JHA, MD When the COVID-19 pandemic is dissected in the 2020 presidential election debates, Donald Trump will be at a disadvantage. The coronavirus has killed over 100,000 Americans… Read More »The 2020 Pandemic Election

The Lancet’s editor: ‘The UK’s response to coronavirus is the greatest science policy failure for a generation’

  • by

Richard Horton does not hold back in his criticism of the UK’s response to the pandemic and the medical establishment’s part in backing fatal government decisions Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage There is a school of thought that says now is… Read More »

The Lancet’s editor: ‘The UK’s response to coronavirus is the greatest science policy failure for a generation’