Politics, Science, and Other Assorted Musings

I love helping people understand issues and look at them from a different perspective. In this blog, I hope I can offer you some new insights—bridging the gap between basic science and your medicine chest—as I am still a practicing physician, as well as having had broad clinical research experience. I'm interested in developing new medicines and treatments, as well as caring for patients—and explaining these topics for you.

As medicine has evolved, so have my interests. I have also become increasingly interested in health disparities, social justice issues, and ethics. I invite you to join me as we explore a variety of territories. I hope that reading these posts will encourage you to learn, engage, and above all, work for the forces of good.

If there are topics you'd like to see me cover, please let me know—I welcome your input as to what you would like us to discuss in this column.

Coronavirus - COVID19

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I’m going to have a reference file here for articles I have found particularly worthwhile, and will update this here as we learn new information. Click on the COVID-19 Resources, below, to expand that.

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Coronavirus Tidbits #53 5/30/20

By Judy Stone | May 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

Quick links News     Diagnostics     Drugs    Devices    Epidemiology/Infection control     Tips     Politics    Feel good du jour     Comic relief     Perspective/Poem     Bits of beauty Announcements: First, there is now a Resources Page here for the most commonly asked questions I’m getting. Tidbits will likely be a bit shorter and a little less frequent for the next little bit. I have been immersed in it and I need to spend a little more time on self-care, which for me means seeing the spring flowers emerge and digging in the dirt. Happy to continue to answer your questions/concerns as best I can, so don’t be shy about that. News  What we do and don’t know about Covid: Excellent thread by Megan Ranney, MD MPH @meganranney start here: https://twitter.com/meganranney/status/1264589288659922945?s=20 or https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1264589288659922945.html ~ ~ ~ What the growing rift between the US and WHO means for COVID-19 and global health by Amy Maxman A disaster in the making for all global health https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01586-0 ~ ~ ~ Trump decides unilaterally to pull out of WHO 5/29 destroying everything he can of international relations and cooperation, damn the cost “The US government provides 27% of the WHO’s…

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Coronavirus Tidbits #52 5/28/20

By Judy Stone | May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

Quick links News     Diagnostics     Drugs    Devices    Epidemiology/Infection control     Tips     Politics    Feel good du jour     Comic relief     Perspective/Poem     Bits of beauty Announcements: First, there is now a Resources Page here for the most commonly asked questions I’m getting. Tidbits will likely be a bit shorter and a little less frequent for the next little bit. I have been immersed in it and I need to spend a little more time on self-care, which for me means seeing the spring flowers emerge and digging in the dirt. Happy to continue to answer your questions/concerns as best I can, so don’t be shy about that. News  Don’t want to wear a mask? Who will take care of you? CDC report finds over 60,000 healthcare workers have COVID-19 The CDC says there have been over 290 deaths among healthcare personnel with over 1,662,400 cases in the country and 98,000 deaths. https://www.wkrg.com/health/coronavirus/cdc-report-finds-over-60000-healthcare-workers-have-covid-19/? https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/cases-in-us.html ~ ~ ~ Baby steps from Twitter, putting a small, easily overlooked link in response to some of Trump’s more egregious lies in his tweets:  ~ ~ ~ Need another reason to quit Facebook? Zuckerberg knocks Twitter for fact-checking…

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Coronavirus Tidbits #51 5/25/20

By Judy Stone | May 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

Quick links News     Diagnostics     Drugs    Devices    Epidemiology/Infection control     Tips     Politics    Feel good du jour     Comic relief     Perspective/Poem     Bits of beauty Announcements: First, there is now a Resources Page here for the most commonly asked questions I’m getting. Tidbits will likely be a bit shorter and a little less frequent for the next little bit. I have been immersed in it and I need to spend a little more time on self-care, which for me means seeing the spring flowers emerge and digging in the dirt. Happy to continue to answer your questions/concerns as best I can, so don’t be shy about that. My latest post, a response to Trump’s insistence that churches reopen, although they are dangerous A Stairway To Heaven? Reopening Churches And Coronavirus https://www.forbes.com/sites/judystone/2020/05/24/a-stairway-to-heaven-reopening-churches-and-coronavirus/#3bee5142326e News  Horrifying and dangerously stupid: ~ ~ ~ What Happened to Kroger’s “Hero Pay”? Workers at the grocery chain are being asked to return emergency pay, even as company revenue and stock prices climb upward. https://www.dissentmagazine.org/blog/what-happened-to-krogers-hero-pay Diagnostics: still an incredible, negligent lack of testing. Drugs: WHO Halts Hydroxychloroquine Trial Over Safety Concerns because of Lancet report https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)31180-6/fulltext that found increased cardiac…

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Coronavirus Tidbits #50 5/21/20

By Judy Stone | May 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

Quick links News     Diagnostics     Drugs    Devices    Epidemiology/Infection control     Tips     Politics    Feel good du jour     Comic relief     Perspective/Poem     Bits of beauty Announcements: First, there is now a Resources Page here for the most commonly asked questions I’m getting. Tidbits will likely be a bit shorter and a little less frequent for the next little bit. I have been immersed in it and I need to spend a little more time on self-care, which for me means seeing the spring flowers emerge and digging in the dirt. Happy to continue to answer your questions/concerns as best I can, so don’t be shy about that. News  More lies and deflection from the WH REPORTER: The US has 4 percent of the world’s population and 30 percent of the Covid-19 cases. What would you have done differently? TRUMP: “Well, nothing.” “We are in that category along with Germany as the lowest … if you don’t include New York & New Jersey we’re just about in a class by ourselves” — Reality: the US has more than twice as many deaths as 2nd-hardest hit country & is 12th worst in terms of…

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Coronavirus Tidbits #49 5/19/20

By Judy Stone | May 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

Quick links News     Diagnostics     Drugs    Devices    Epidemiology/Infection control     Tips     Politics    Feel good du jour     Comic relief     Perspective/Poem     Bits of beauty Announcements: First, there is now a Resources Page here for the most commonly asked questions I’m getting. Tidbits will likely be a bit shorter and a little less frequent for the next little bit. I have been immersed in it and I need to spend a little more time on self-care, which for me means seeing the spring flowers emerge and digging in the dirt. Happy to continue to answer your questions/concerns as best I can, so don’t be shy about that. News  Places without social distancing have 35 times more potential coronavirus spread, study finds https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/05/15/social-distancing-study-coronavirus-spread/ ~ ~ ~ Families of essential workers killed by COVID-19 face loss of health care https://www.rawstory.com/2020/05/families-of-essential-workers-killed-by-covid-19-face-loss-of-health-care/ Repeat after me. We need universal healthcare. ~ ~ ~ Interesting, damning long read from Propublica:  Two Coasts. One Virus. How New York Suffered Nearly 10 Times the Number of Deaths as California. https://www.propublica.org/article/two-coasts-one-virus-how-new-york-suffered-nearly-10-times-the-number-of-deaths-as-california ~ ~ ~ Food waste continues, but small efforts to help with surplus in potatoes by giving out bags and bags of…

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Coronavirus Tidbits #48 5/17/20

By Judy Stone | May 17, 2020 | 2 Comments

Quick links News     Diagnostics     Drugs    Devices    Epidemiology/Infection control     Tips     Politics    Feel good du jour     Comic relief     Perspective/Poem     Bits of beauty Announcements: First, there is now a Resources Page here for the most commonly asked questions I’m getting. Tidbits will likely be a bit shorter and a little less frequent for the next little bit. I have been immersed in it and I need to spend a little more time on self-care, which for me means seeing the spring flowers emerge and digging in the dirt. Pesach is always a bit rough anyway, so I will turn to more nature. Happy to continue to answer your questions/concerns as best I can, so don’t be shy about that. News  Astonishing editorial from The Lancet, leading British medical journal on Reviving the CDC: “In the decades following its founding in 1946, the CDC became a national pillar of public health and globally respected…However, funding to the CDC for a long time has been subject to conservative politics that have increasingly eroded the agency’s ability to mount effective, evidence-based public health responses… The Trump administration further chipped away at the CDC’s…

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Coronavirus Tidbits #48 5/15/20

By Judy Stone | May 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

Quick links News     Diagnostics     Drugs    Devices    Epidemiology/Infection control     Tips     Politics    Feel good du jour     Comic relief     Perspective/Poem     Bits of beauty Announcements: First, there is now a Resources Page here for the most commonly asked questions I’m getting. Tidbits will likely be a bit shorter and a little less frequent for the next little bit. I have been immersed in it and I need to spend a little more time on self-care, which for me means seeing the spring flowers emerge and digging in the dirt. Happy to continue to answer your questions/concerns as best I can, so don’t be shy about that. News  Unemployment Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said this morning that almost 40 percent of households earning less than $40,000/year (as of February) lost their jobs in March. ~ ~ ~ Covid Hits Conservation Efforts As the pandemic hits tourism, it’s also hurting conservation efforts that rely on tourism dollars. @undarkmag bit.ly/2yJrp4U ~ ~ ~ Ousted vaccine official Rick Bright to warn of ‘darkest winter’ if virus returns without better response image: Ousted vaccine official to warn of ‘darkest winter’ if virus returns without better…

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Coronavirus Tidbits #47 5/13/20

By Judy Stone | May 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

Quick links News     Diagnostics     Drugs    Devices    Epidemiology/Infection control     Tips     Politics    Feel good du jour     Comic relief     Perspective/Poem     Bits of beauty Announcements: First, there is now a Resources Page here for the most commonly asked questions I’m getting. Tidbits will likely be a bit shorter and a little less frequent for the next little bit. I have been immersed in it and I need to spend a little more time on self-care, which for me means seeing the spring flowers emerge and digging in the dirt. Happy to continue to answer your questions/concerns as best I can, so don’t be shy about that. News  Unsafe bullying by Pence Mike Pence traveled to Iowa to make a show of meeting food industry leaders, but all 5 of them were wearing masks. So before he came out, they were instructed to remove them, and they all did. https://interc.pt/2YOBCaS ~ ~ ~ If 80% of Americans Wore Masks, COVID-19 Infections Would Plummet, New Study by De Kai Says Check out his computer forecasting model, the masksim simulator, and video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfeW2l8G_W4&feature=youtu.be https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/05/masks-covid-19-infections-would-plummet-new-study-says ~ ~ ~ Coronavirus blood-clot mystery intensifies Very interesting description of…

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Coronavirus Tidbits #46 5/11/20

By Judy Stone | May 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

Quick links News     Diagnostics     Drugs    Devices    Epidemiology/Infection control     Tips     Politics    Feel good du jour     Comic relief     Perspective/Poem     Bits of beauty Announcements: First, there is now a Resources Page here for the most commonly asked questions I’m getting. Tidbits will likely be a bit shorter and a little less frequent for the next little bit. I have been immersed in it and I need to spend a little more time on self-care, which for me means seeing the spring flowers emerge and digging in the dirt. Happy to continue to answer your questions/concerns as best I can, so don’t be shy about that. News  @EthanJWeiss is a CA physician who was just working in NYC to help with COVID-19. This is how @United endangered him and others enroute home. ~ ~ ~ From NIH:  Study Finds Nearly Everyone Who Recovers From COVID-19 Makes Coronavirus Antibodies We don’t know how protective they will be yet, nor how long they will last. ~ ~ ~ Eyes are an ‘important route’ for coronavirus to enter the body https://www.zmescience.com/science/eyes-important-rute-of-infection-14134/ ~~ ~ Why the porn industry has a lot to teach us about safety…

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Coronavirus Tidbits #45 5/9/20

By Judy Stone | May 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

Quick links News     Diagnostics     Drugs    Devices    Epidemiology/Infection control     Tips     Politics    Feel good du jour     Comic relief     Perspective/Poem     Bits of beauty Announcements: First, there is now a Resources Page here for the most commonly asked questions I’m getting. Tidbits will likely be a bit shorter and a little less frequent for the next little bit. I have been immersed in it and I need to spend a little more time on self-care, which for me means seeing the spring flowers emerge and digging in the dirt. Happy to continue to answer your questions/concerns as best I can, so don’t be shy about that. News  Trump administration shelves CDC guide to reopening country amid coronavirus restrictions The 17-page report by a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention team, titled “Guidance for Implementing the Opening Up America Again Framework,”…was supposed to be published last Friday, but agency scientists were told the guidance “would never see the light of day,” according to a CDC official. The AP has a leaked copy. You can read all the CDC recommendations here: https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/6883734/CDC-Business-Plans.pdf Apparently, this is one more way Trump wants to shift blame…

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