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Ben Carson rails against mandates to ease disparities, supports them in a neurosurgery journal

Dr. Ben Carson has been tapped by the President Elect to be the Secretary of Housing Development (HUD). HUD, nicely summarized in the New York Times, “devotes itself to ensuring that families of low-income and modest means have access to safe homes and neighborhoods.” HUD helps people with less money get homes and is tasked … Continue reading

Newborn died in jail overseen by Trump’s potential pick for DHS, Sheriff David Clarke

  Donald Trump is apparently looking at Sheriff David Clarke, the Milwaukee County Sheriff, for head of homeland security.  As Sheriff he is in charge of the Milwaukee County Jail where Shadé Swayzer delivered her baby completely unassisted. She says her baby died in the jail cell and claims the jail staff ignored her cries for help. She … Continue reading

Use your privilege and share one factual post on health every day

I admit I have been in a bit of a fugue since the election. The months before felt like one big game of whack-a-mole with lies about health care coming fast and furious from our now President Elect and his minions. Many in the press did not help. The media created headlines that offered the possibility … Continue reading

An American doctor experiences the NHS. Again.

Two years ago I wrote about my experience in a London emergency department with my son, Victor. That post has since been viewed > 450,000 times. There are over 800 comments with no trolls (a feat unto itself) and almost all of them express love for the NHS. I was in England again this week. … Continue reading

How Medscape helped Sprout stack the deck for Addyi

It may (or may not) surprise to learn that hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) the “disorder” treated by the new drug Addyi didn’t exist before 2004. Why in 2004 did we decide that normal female sexual response was a condition? Well, HSDD was established/invented/introduced by industry to prepare the market for a testosterone patch for … Continue reading

Dear Columbia University it’s not about academic freedom it’s about ethics and liver cleanses

Dr. Oz is under fire again, this time from a group of 10 physicians who wrote a letter to Columbia medical school reporting their dismay that he remains on faculty. Columbia came back with the expected “academic freedom” response, which is apparently a license to say and do anything. I understand that innovation can come … Continue reading

WHO and UNICEF aren’t trying to clandestinely sterilize African women with tetanus vaccines

The fact that I have to write this post is sad enough, but the fact that I am writing it because ongoing recycling of erroneous claims of secret sterilization campaigns in Africa come from a physician is even worse. This tetanus vaccine causes sterilization and miscarriages falsehood was in the news last year and was/is curiously … Continue reading

Autopsy of Toronto Star HPV article and the real dark side of Gardasil they missed

Today the publisher of the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest newspaper, wrote that the article “A wonder drug’s dark side” will be removed from the online site. This is 15 days after it was originally published. It obviously still lives on in print and in screen shots, but now at least no anti-vaccine groups will be … Continue reading

Why treating the two Americans with Ebola at Emory is so important

Ebola is a hemorrhagic fever that causes death by what seems like a virally induced stigmata. That statement could be even shorter. With a fatality rate that can reach 80-90% we could just say that Ebola is death. The WHO says this most recent outbreak is “moving faster than our efforts to control it” and … Continue reading

Forced c-sections. Unethical outliers or a disturbing trend?

RH Reality Check is reporting that Jennifer Goodall, a woman in her late 3rd trimester with 3 previous c-sections who wants to attempt a vaginal birth has been notified by the chief financial officer of the hospital where she planned to deliver (Bayfront Health Port Charlotte) that her “prenatal care providers intended to report her … Continue reading

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