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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Coronavirus Tidbits #73 8/13/20

By Judy Stone | August 13, 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. Happy to continue to answer your questions/concerns as best I can, so don’t be shy about that. News  1 pm today: STOPPING PANDEMICS CONVERSATION with Dr. Anthony Fauci and experts from National Geographic and ABC News, as well as Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, on why the pandemic is wreaking havoc on communities, and the lessons we can learn from pandemics throughout history. https://stoppingpandemics.us17.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=1e16e79e9a4cb49603fdc2f43&id=7c1417e988 ~ ~ ~ Over 1,000 health professionals have signed a letter titled “Shut It Down, Start Over, Do It Right.” “We continue to lack a coherent national strategy to prevent the transmission of COVID-19,” @meganranney on why she chose to help write & sign the letter  https://to.pbs.org/31nOEf7…

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Coronavirus Tidbits #72 8/9/20

By Judy Stone | August 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. Happy to continue to answer your questions/concerns as best I can, so don’t be shy about that. News  As a result of threats and harassment, at least 27 public health officers in 13 states have resigned or been fired since the pandemic started. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2769291 ~ ~ ~ Study: Most (77%) Americans don’t have enough assets to withstand 3 months at least poverty-level status without income https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/osu-sma080620.php ~ ~ ~ Nearly 30 million Americans told the Census Bureau they didn’t have enough to eat last week https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/31/us/food-insecurity-30-million-census-survey/index.html ~ ~ ~ Still a problem ~ ~ ~ The high price of long hauling: If 20% of the U.S. population contracts the coronavirus, the one-year post-hospitalization costs would be at least $50 billion Without a vaccine, if 80% of the pop. became infected, that cost would balloon to $204 billion https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-fallout-insight/covid-19-long-term-toll-signals-billions-in-healthcare-costs-ahead-idUSKBN24Z1CM ~ ~ ~ 15 hospitalized with methanol poisoning after ingesting hand sanitizers…

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Coronavirus Tidbits #71 8/4/20

By Judy Stone | August 4, 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  Half of low-income communities have no ICU beds A new Penn Medicine study sheds light on yet another reason why the coronavirus pandemic is disproportionately killing the poor [read POC]: Residents in low-income neighborhoods lack access to intensive care unit (ICU) beds. Approximately half of communities with the lowest median household incomes (less than $35,000) have zero ICU beds per ten thousand residents age fifty or older, compared with just 3 percent of communities with household incomes of at least $90,000. https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/uops-hol080320.php and https://www.statnews.com/2020/08/03/covid19-icu-bed-disparities/…

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Coronavirus Tidbits #70 7/30/20

By Judy Stone | July 30, 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  Handy Resource: Smart Dissent Be Smart. Stay Informed. Actively Dissent.  Smart Dissent is a database of 750+ actions by Trump & @GOP sorted by topic. We have pages on Education, Healthcare, Immigration, Environment, Regulations, Foreign Policy, Economy, Justice, Taxes, Budget & more. http://www.smartdissent.com/ ~ ~ ~ Controversial ‘human challenge’ trials for COVID-19 vaccines gain support Challenge studies take volunteers who have received an experimental vaccine and deliberately expose them to the infectious agent (in this case, the SARS2-CoV virus, to see if the vaccine provides…

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Coronavirus Tidbits #69 7/27/20

By Judy Stone | July 27, 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  The new multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children syndrome disproportionately affects Blacks (38%) or Hispanic/Latino (38%) https://www.healio.com/news/pediatrics/20200722/syndrome-linked-to-covid19-disproportionately-affects-black-hispanic-and-latino-children ~ ~ ~ Bad Omen: Nearly 60% of US parents say they won’t vaccinate their kids against HPV which is associated with 34,800 new cancer cases a year, causes more than 90% of all cervical and anal cancers, 60% of penile cancers, and about 70% of all oral cancers. Jul 21 Lancet Public Health study and commentary https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2020/07/news-scan-jul-23-2020 ~ ~ ~ Long-Haulers: And more: https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/07/a-specialist-sounds-the-alarm-on-long-term-covid-19-effects.html ~ ~ ~ In Baltimore, a struggling,…

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Coronavirus Tidbits #68 7/23/20

By Judy Stone | July 23, 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. ~ ~ ~ NEW Post at Forbes: #BumpDay Highlights Coronavirus And Racial Disparities In Pregnancy https://www.forbes.com/sites/judystone/2020/07/22/bumpday-highlights-coronavirus-and-racial-disparities-in-pregnancy/#7cee04ad74c4 News  Feds brutally attack protestors in Portland,  seemingly practicing for a run up to the election. Bets are on Chicago being next. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/portland-protests-trump-veteran-christopher-david-federal-officers-oregon-a9627466.html?amp=1 see also Ron Wyden’s statement and ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Fighting Pandemics Webinar hosted by TB Alliance, was pretty interesting today–at least the parts with Betsy McKay interviewing Dr. Fauci and Dr. Soumya Swaminathan https://vimeo.com/440719222 Diagnostics: still an incredible, negligent lack…

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Coronavirus Tidbits # 67 7/18/20

By Judy Stone | July 18, 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  Federal Law Enforcement Use Unmarked Vehicles To Grab Protesters Off Portland Streets Chilling story. People in camouflage were driving around the area in unmarked minivans grabbing people off the street. The tactic appears to be another escalation in federal force deployed on Portland city streets, as federal officials and President Donald Trump have said they plan to “quell” nightly protests outside the federal courthouse and Multnomah County Justice Center that have lasted for more than six weeks. Officers from the U.S. Marshals Special Operations Group…

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Coronavirus Tidbits #66 7/15/20

By Judy Stone | July 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  The administration has ordered hospitals to bypass the CDC in reporting data. Now they are to send all coronavirus patient information to a central database in Washington, controlled by the regime. Want to prove that cases are falling and all is well??? Now they will control the data and only report what they want. I’m sure everything will be rosy before the election. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ COVID-19 can be transmitted in the womb, reports pediatric infectious disease journal Case study provides…

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Coronavirus Tidbits #65 7/10/20

By Judy Stone | July 10, 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. Happy to continue to answer your questions/concerns as best I can, so don’t be shy about that. My talk for the Camden Public Library on Resilience–my family’s Holocaust story–and parallels to current events was quite well-received. You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=m4_D-IUGEIM&feature=emb_logo&t=8s   News  Chinese Embassy warns of unknown pneumonia deadlier than COVID-19 in Kazakhstan – ?disinformation/spread the blame or real? The unknown pneumonia in Kazakhstan caused 1,772 deaths in the first six months of the year, including 628 people in June alone. “The fatality rate of the disease is much higher than COVID-19,” https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1194082.shtml 7/10 am update: Kazakh government points to…

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Coronavirus Tidbits #64 7/5/20

By Judy Stone | July 6, 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. ~ ~ ~ Hope you can join–Tuesday, July 7 at 6 pm I’ll be giving a Book Talk via Zoom: Camden Public Library, speaking about my family’s story and book, “Resilience…” as well as their lessons for our time. https://www.librarycamden.org/event/on-zoom-resilience-one-familys-story-of-hope-and-triumph-over-evil/ Email jpierce@librarycamden.org to request a link to attend. ~ ~ ~ My latest post: US Buys World Supply Of Remdesivir For Coronavirus- What Does That Mean For Public Health And Our Future? https://www.forbes.com/sites/judystone/2020/07/02/us-buys-world-supply-of-remdesivir-for-coronaviruswhat-does-that-mean-for-public-health-and-our-future/#4635f7a816e9     News  Better late than never, Texas Governor Abbott mandated masks…

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