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 #37 4/22/20

By Judy Stone | April 23, 2020 | Comments Off on Coronavirus Tidbits #37 4/22/20

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  Patients may have severe pneumonia with minimal symptoms Picking up hypoxemia (low blood oxygen with a finger oximeter moniter) early and positioning patients to lie on their stomach or sides could avoid intubation (need for mechanical ventilation) We are only just beginning to understand why this is so. The coronavirus attacks lung cells that make surfactant. This substance helps the air sacs in the lungs stay open between breaths and…

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Coronavirus Tidbits #36 4/20/20

By Judy Stone | April 21, 2020 | Comments Off on Coronavirus Tidbits #36 4/20/20

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  Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day: I was honored to be the keynote speaker at the interfaith commemoration for Yom HaShoah in Providence, RI, at Temple Emanu-el. There were significant technical difficulties, but you can see the talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_ASqXKmf3g&t=3604s I also wrote a post for Forbes: Kindness In The Age Of Coronavirus – Lessons From The Holocaust Diagnostics: Will antibody tests for the coronavirus really change everything? “There are…

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Coronavirus Tidbits #35 4-18-20

By Judy Stone | April 18, 2020 | Comments Off on Coronavirus Tidbits #35 4-18-20

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    America’s shame: A coronavirus outbreak has sickened at least 37 children at a Chicago shelter for unaccompanied & undocumented immigrant youth. These poor children should not be in group shelters. Many have relatives in the US to whom they should be released. https://abcn.ws/2VCoTV8 ~ ~ ~ Big Idea: A National Digital-Cyber Land-Grant University System to address the growing imbalance in wealth and access to technology and technological expertise, which…

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Coronavirus Tidbits #34 4/16/20

By Judy Stone | April 17, 2020 | Comments Off on Coronavirus Tidbits #34 4/16/20

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: On Trump’s decision to halt US funding to the World Health Organization (WHO). Professor Peter Piot, Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic is the greatest global health challenge facing our societies and economies for more than 100 years. At this critical moment in our history we must stick together. Solidarity is crucial to defeating this virus. We need the World Health Organization now…

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Coronavirus Tidbits #33 4-12-20

By Judy Stone | April 14, 2020 | Comments Off on Coronavirus Tidbits #33 4-12-20

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  Urgent: Contact Congress to Save the Post Office As I wrote yesterday, Trump and Mnuchin refuse emergency aid for the USPS. See more here or at Resistbot. Trump has long wanted to privatize the Post Office, apparently to hurt his perceived enemy, Jeff Bezos/Amazon, and to enrich his cronies. One other, more nefarious reason, it to stymie states efforts to expand voting by mail. Killing the Post Office will particularly…

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Coronavirus Tidbits #32 4/11/20

By Judy Stone | April 12, 2020 | Comments Off on Coronavirus Tidbits #32 4/11/20

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  Urgent Volunteer Opportunity: NIH begins study to quantify undetected cases of coronavirus infection to determine how many adults in the United States without a confirmed history of infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), have antibodies to the virus. The presence of antibodies in the blood indicates a prior infection. Just requires you to obtain and mail a pin-prick of blood in a kit they will…

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Coronavirus Tidbits #31 4- 9/10-20

By Judy Stone | April 10, 2020 | Comments Off on Coronavirus Tidbits #31 4- 9/10-20

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  Criminally negligent: Vice President Pence says WH officials are looking at whether healthcare workers can wear reusable cloth gowns and will have a recommendation soon. He said: They may have to “recycle gowns” to make sure U.S. has the supplies they need. ~ ~ ~ Highly recommend this article in Stat. Dr. Eric Topol: “The American public doesn’t know that a large portion of this catastrophe was preventable, if not…

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Coronavirus Tidbits #30 4-8-20

By Judy Stone | April 9, 2020 | Comments Off on Coronavirus Tidbits #30 4-8-20

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  Hospitals say feds are seizing masks and other coronavirus supplies without a word What are they doing with them? Is Jared selling them?  https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2020-04-07/hospitals-washington-seize-coronavirus-supplies ~ ~ ~ A Nurse Bought Protective Supplies for Her Colleagues Using GoFundMe. The Hospital Suspended Her. Another example, this from ProPublica, of healthcare workers not being provided adequate PPE and being punished for using their own “unauthorized” supplies or speaking out about the dangerous conditions…

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Coronavirus Tidbits #29 4-7-20

By Judy Stone | April 8, 2020 | Comments Off on Coronavirus Tidbits #29 4-7-20

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:  Trump removes inspector general who was to oversee $2 trillion stimulus spending Today, it was Glenn Fine, a career official who has served Republican and Democratic presidents. He is eliminating any attempt at oversight. “On Friday, the president notified Congress that he was removing Michael Atkinson as the inspector general of the intelligence community — a decision that Trump acknowledged was in response to Atkinson’s having alerted lawmakers to the…

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Coronavirus Tidbits # 28 4-4 to 4-6-20

By Judy Stone | April 7, 2020 | Comments Off on Coronavirus Tidbits # 28 4-4 to 4-6-20

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. The technical aspects of learning this are wearing… I have been immersed in preparing it and reading about coronavirus, 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  I had an interview for #Baltimore @JewishTimes:  Infectious Disease Specialist Answers Common Questions About #COVID19 https://jewishtimes.com/…/specialist-answers-covi…/covid-19/ The key message is later in the interview, where I shared with host Carolyn Conte how I learned from my family how unexpected kindnesses helped save some of their lives. If people could help each other like that under such desperate…

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