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

Please note that I will be posting Coronavirus Tidbits of news here. You can sign up for updates by clicking the box at the right and subscribe to Covid, Politics, and Science. All Covid posts will go here, and I will upload back issues as I have time. Please share w friends. Thanks!

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 & Monkeypox Tidbits #212 9/25/22

By Judy Stone | September 24, 2022 | Comments Off on Coronavirus & Monkeypox Tidbits #212 9/25/22

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. Happy to continue to answer your questions/concerns as best I can, so don’t be shy about that. New Posts: Cracks In Promising Treatments For Monkeypox-TPOXX And Jynneos https://www.forbes.com/sites/judystone/2022/09/21/cracks-in-promising-treatments-for-monkeypox-tpoxx-and-jynneos/?sh=5b15d4ad3122 ~ ~ ~ Can We Eliminate Measles and Rubella Worldwide? https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/981204   News  Covid: I’ll have a post in Medscape early in the week on Biden’s foolishly declaring the pandemic over. In the meanwhile, in a Friday night news dump, the CDC just announced that many hospitals and nursing homes no longer have to mask. This is awful, and particularly stupid as we head into flu and RSV season. Many hospitals are already reporting no pediatric beds. They have thrown vulnerable people under the bus. Here’s what some others are saying, as well as other news: ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Quick test kit to determine a person’s immunity against COVID-19 and its variants A team of scientists from…

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Coronavirus & Monkeypox Tidbits #211 9/18/22

By Judy Stone | September 17, 2022 | Comments Off on Coronavirus & Monkeypox Tidbits #211 9/18/22

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. Happy to continue to answer your questions/concerns as best I can, so don’t be shy about that. New post: How To Reduce Your Child’s Risk Of The Enterovirus Infection (EV-D68) That Is Causing Paralysis https://www.forbes.com/sites/judystone/2022/09/14/how-to-reduce-your-childs-risk-of-the-enterovirus-infection-that-is-causing-paralysis/?sh=75d1bc896cc5 ~ ~ ~ Asymptomatic Infections Drive Many Epidemics, Including Monkeypox, Polio, and COVID https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/980118 ~ ~ ~ Election volunteer opportunities: NOPE Neighbors: https://www.nopeneighbors.org/volunteer Power the Vote https://www.powerthevote.org//. I’m a fellow volunteer. Are you interested in voter protection research? Battleground states including Arizona, Michigan and Texas need help. Volunteers would work with the voter protection program directly on research tasks. Examples include: (i) calling elections offices to get information about certain election plans, so that programs know where and when to send volunteers; (ii) calling elections offices to follow up on public records requests for needed information (such as data on ballot rejections); and (iii) reviewing elections websites to ensure information is accurate and up to date. This…

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Coronavirus & Monkeypox Tidbits #210 9/11/22

By Judy Stone | September 10, 2022 | Comments Off on Coronavirus & Monkeypox Tidbits #210 9/11/22

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. Happy to continue to answer your questions/concerns as best I can, so don’t be shy about that. ~ ~ ~ Election volunteer opportunities: NOPE Neighbors: https://www.nopeneighbors.org/volunteer Power the Vote https://www.powerthevote.org//. I’m a fellow volunteer. Are you interested in voter protection research? Battleground states including Arizona, Michigan and Texas need help. Volunteers would work with the voter protection program directly on research tasks. Examples include: (i) calling elections offices to get information about certain election plans, so that programs know where and when to send volunteers; (ii) calling elections offices to follow up on public records requests for needed information (such as data on ballot rejections); and (iii) reviewing elections websites to ensure information is accurate and up to date. This volunteer commitment is variable and flexible, but will require an ability to make calls during election offices’ business hours. Volunteers will need to be comfortable inputting information into basic spreadsheets. **If you…

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Coronavirus & Monkeypox Tidbits #209 9/4/22

By Judy Stone | September 3, 2022 | Comments Off on Coronavirus & Monkeypox Tidbits #209 9/4/22

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. Happy to continue to answer your questions/concerns as best I can, so don’t be shy about that. Election volunteer opportunities: NOPE Neighbors: https://www.nopeneighbors.org/volunteer Power the Vote https://www.powerthevote.org//. I’m a fellow volunteer. Are you interested in voter protection research? Battleground states including Arizona, Michigan and Texas need help. Volunteers would work with the voter protection program directly on research tasks. Examples include: (i) calling elections offices to get information about certain election plans, so that programs know where and when to send volunteers; (ii) calling elections offices to follow up on public records requests for needed information (such as data on ballot rejections); and (iii) reviewing elections websites to ensure information is accurate and up to date. This volunteer commitment is variable and flexible, but will require an ability to make calls during election offices’ business hours. Volunteers will need to be comfortable inputting information into basic spreadsheets. **If you are interested in…

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Coronavirus Tidbits #208 8/28/22

By Judy Stone | August 27, 2022 | Comments Off on Coronavirus Tidbits #208 8/28/22

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. Happy to continue to answer your questions/concerns as best I can, so don’t be shy about that. New post: This was a fun post and interview: Medieval Friars Were Riddled With Parasites, Say Archaeologists https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/979596 ~ ~ ~ Election volunteer opportunities: NOPE Neighbors: https://www.nopeneighbors.org/volunteer Power the Vote https://www.powerthevote.org//. I’m a fellow volunteer. Are you interested in voter protection research? Battleground states including Arizona, Michigan and Texas need help. Volunteers would work with the voter protection program directly on research tasks. Examples include: (i) calling elections offices to get information about certain election plans, so that programs know where and when to send volunteers; (ii) calling elections offices to follow up on public records requests for needed information (such as data on ballot rejections); and (iii) reviewing elections websites to ensure information is accurate and up to date. This volunteer commitment is variable and flexible, but will require an ability to make calls…

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Coronavirus & Monkeypox Tidbits #206 8/21/22

By Judy Stone | August 20, 2022 | Comments Off on Coronavirus & Monkeypox Tidbits #206 8/21/22

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. Happy to continue to answer your questions/concerns as best I can, so don’t be shy about that. New Posts: (I’ve been busy!) CDC Abdicates Responsibility https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/979280 ~ ~ ~ Monoclonal Antibody to Prevent Malaria Shows Promise https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/979340 ~ ~ ~ Do Betadine and Colloidal Silver Inhibit Growth of Biofilms? https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/979256 ~ ~ ~   Election volunteer opportunities: Urgent need now to recruit poll observers and judges NOPE Neighbors: https://www.nopeneighbors.org/volunteer Power the Vote https://www.powerthevote.org//. I’m a fellow volunteer. Are you interested in voter protection research? Battleground states including Arizona, Michigan and Texas need help. Volunteers would work with the voter protection program directly on research tasks. Examples include: (i) calling elections offices to get information about certain election plans, so that programs know where and when to send volunteers; (ii) calling elections offices to follow up on public records requests for needed information (such as data on ballot rejections); and (iii) reviewing elections websites…

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Coronavirus & Monkeypox Tidbits #205 8/14/22

By Judy Stone | August 13, 2022 | Comments Off on Coronavirus & Monkeypox Tidbits #205 8/14/22

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. Happy to continue to answer your questions/concerns as best I can, so don’t be shy about that. New posts: CDC Says More Is Needed to Protect Infants From Hepatitis B https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/979110? ~ ~ ~ Don’t Let Infections Dampen Your Summer Water Fun. Here’s How To Avoid Splash Pad Infections https://www.forbes.com/sites/judystone/2022/08/10/dont-let-infections-dampen-your-summer-water-fun-heres-how-to-avoid-splash-pad-infections/ ~ ~ ~ How Can We Vaccinate People More Quickly Against Monkeypox? Dose-Sparing https://www.forbes.com/sites/judystone/2022/08/08/how-can-we-vaccinate-people-more-quickly-against-monkeypox-dose-sparing/ ~ ~ ~ Climate Change Can Worsen More Than Half of Infectious Diseases https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/978813 ~ ~ ~ Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Emerging in Community Settings https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/978627 News   Covid: CDC capitulates in their new Covid guidance…forgets about prevention and protecting vulnerable Simplified measures for contacts, infected people One of the biggest changes is quarantine guidance for people exposed to the virus. Instead of quarantining, the CDC recommends wearing a high-quality mask, watching for symptoms for 10 days, and getting tested on the fifth day. People who are mildly sick…

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Coronavirus & Monkeypox Tidbits #204 8/7/22

By Judy Stone | August 7, 2022 | Comments Off on Coronavirus & Monkeypox Tidbits #204 8/7/22

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. Happy to continue to answer your questions/concerns as best I can, so don’t be shy about that. My latest: Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Emerging in Community Settings https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/978627 Election volunteer opportunities: NOPE Neighbors: https://www.nopeneighbors.org/volunteer Power the Vote https://www.powerthevote.org//. I’m a fellow volunteer. Are you interested in voter protection research? Battleground states including Arizona, Michigan and Texas need help. Volunteers would work with the voter protection program directly on research tasks. Examples include: (i) calling elections offices to get information about certain election plans, so that programs know where and when to send volunteers; (ii) calling elections offices to follow up on public records requests for needed information (such as data on ballot rejections); and (iii) reviewing elections websites to ensure information is accurate and up to date. This volunteer commitment is variable and flexible, but will require an ability to make calls during election offices’ business hours. Volunteers will need to be comfortable…

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Coronavirus Tidbits #203 7/31/2022

By Judy Stone | July 30, 2022 | Comments Off on Coronavirus Tidbits #203 7/31/2022

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. Happy to continue to answer your questions/concerns as best I can, so don’t be shy about that. Every week, as I work on compiling my #Coronavirus Tidbits newsletter, #GOP vindictiveness and cruelty inspires me to work harder to #GOTV and #Voter Protection efforts. https://drjudystone.com/coronavirus-tidbits-202-7-24-22/… Please everyone, work as if your life depends on it. It does! You can find so many volunteer opportunities. I highly recommend NOPE Neighbors as a place to start. https://www.nopeneighbors.org/volunteer News  Covid: Vaccine Summit: …Operation Warp Speed proved it was possible to race from a newly identified virus to safe and effective immunizations in just 11 months-many times faster than ever before. Today, there are a few dozen fledgling efforts to create vaccines that protect against future SARS-CoV-2 mutants or take an even more “pan” approach in order to thwart unknown coronaviruses that have yet to jump into humans. But only a single candidate, developed by the…

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Coronavirus Tidbits #202 7/24/22

By Judy Stone | July 23, 2022 | Comments Off on Coronavirus Tidbits #202 7/24/22

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. Happy to continue to answer your questions/concerns as best I can, so don’t be shy about that. New posts; Abortion Laws Deny Treatments Needed for Autoimmune Disease medscape.com/viewarticle/977431 ~ ~ ~ Marburg, Monkeypox, And Other Viruses Emerging From Africa https://www.forbes.com/sites/judystone/2022/07/17/marburg-monkeypox-and-other-viruses-emerging-from-africa/?sh=5b66148b78c7   News  Covid: More (mostly mild) side effects when flu vaccine given with COVID booster Self-reported data from nearly 1 million Americans show an 8% to 11% higher rate of mostly mild systemic adverse events after simultaneous seasonal flu vaccine and mRNA COVID-19 booster (third) doses than with the COVID-19 booster alone. In the study, published today in JAMA Network Open, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Response Team and Emory University analyzed rates of systemic adverse events among 981,099 Americans aged 12 years and older in the week after either simultaneous flu and COVID-19 booster doses or the booster alone from Sep 22, 2021, to May 1, 2022….

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