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 #93 11/8/20 – Hallelujah

By Judy Stone | November 8, 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 #GOTV, text banking and voter hotline. Took today off, then already found a need for texting again for ballot curing in AZ, and have signed up to volunteer for GA. We need all hands on deck for that one! Happy to continue to answer your questions/concerns as best I can, so don’t be shy about that. News  My first reaction to the electoral vote counts: Alleluia, The Great Storm Is Over  words and music by Bob Franke The thunder and lightning gave voice to the night, The little lame child cried aloud in her fright, Hush little baby, a story I’ll tell, Of a love that has conquered the powers of hell. CHORUS: Alleluia, the great storm is over, Lift up your wings and fly! Alleluia, the great…

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Coronavirus Tidbits #92 11/4/20

By Judy Stone | November 5, 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 #GOTV. Now I will shift to ballot “curing” briefly, and mourning the divide and craziness in our country. Happy to continue to answer your questions/concerns as best I can, so don’t be shy about that. News  Incomprehensible to me how, despite Herculean efforts to get out the vote on one side (and overcome voter suppression), the vote is so close this am. That half the US voted for a lying narcissist who is hell bent on ignoring science and destroying the environment for his profit, is heartbreaking and sickening. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Diagnostics: still an incredible, negligent lack of rapid, accurate testing. Drugs: Regeneron, Lilly Setbacks Raise Questions on the Effectiveness of Antibodies in Severe COVID-19 By  Alex Philippidis  November 2, 2020 …

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Coronavirus Tidbits #96 11/1/20

By Judy Stone | November 1, 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 #GOTV efforts. Now there are opportunities to help w post-election challenges. Don’t know if I can muster the energy for that… Happy to continue to answer your questions/concerns as best I can, so don’t be shy about that. News  ~ ~ ~ Another maskless mega-rally. Trump is spreading Covid and hate-mongering throughout sleepy little towns, this in PA–hours after this study came out: What are the health consequences of Pres. Trump’s campaign rallies? A Stanford study examined 18 Trump rallies and estimated that just those rallies led to 30,000 Covid infections and 700 deaths. https://sebotero.github.io/papers/COVIDrallies_10_30_2000.pdf This is also after last week’s sh*t show in Omaha, where fans were left stranded in the cold, with no transportation back to their cars. At least 7 were taken to hospitals for…

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Coronavirus Tidbits #95 10/29/20

By Judy Stone | October 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: I’ve been trying to stick on a 2x/week schedule recently, weekend and midweek. Since Sunday’s issue failed to send, these two are back to back. But I know you won’t mind, since there is such interesting content and pics, right? 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’m still immersed in #GOTV efforts. Happy to continue to answer your questions/concerns as best I can, so don’t be shy about that. News  Good way of viewing Coronavirus: ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Turning the Corner on Covid in the US—Into an Oncoming Tsunami of Cases, Hospitalizations, and Death Dr. Tom Frieden ~ ~ ~   Diagnostics: still an incredible, negligent last of testing. Drugs: ~ ~ ~ Moderna ~ ~ ~ Growing drug shortages–thank our dependence on China (and India) “As of now, 43%…

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Coronavirus Tidbits #94 10/25/20

By Judy Stone | October 25, 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: Apologies to my fans. Sorry this did not send on Sunday as intended. Do you think DeJoy’s reach has extended to MailChimp??? 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 #GOTV efforts. Happy to continue to answer your questions/concerns as best I can, so don’t be shy about that. My latest Forbes post:  Polio Eradication Program Key In Covid-19 Response on how the infrastructure designed to eradicate Polio is now being used for Covid-19 https://www.forbes.com/sites/judystone/2020/10/24/polio-eradication-program-key-in-covid-19-response/#1c08ef9447a8 News  ~ ~ ~ This is a shameful political choice by this administration: ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Mike Pence, head of Coronavirus task force, is out campaigning, falsely claiming that is “essential” work, despite his Chief of Staff and 4 others (so far) now testing positive. ~ ~ ~ Recommended reading/training: Choose Democracy How to Beat an Election-Related Power…

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Coronavirus Tidbits #93 10/21/20

By Judy Stone | October 21, 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 text banking and GOTV efforts. Happy to continue to answer your questions/concerns as best I can, so don’t be shy about that. News  ~ ~ ~ Twitter removed tweet from Trump’s Covid Advisor, Scott Atlas, for misleading info: ~ ~ ~ And on the idiocy of promoting herd immunity: ~ ~ ~ Who Are the Scientists Behind the Great Barrington Declaration? — All three have advocated against lockdown measures since the start of the pandemic The Great Barrington Declaration, a statement written by three public health experts from Harvard, Stanford, and Oxford, encourages governments to lift lockdown restrictions on young and healthy people while focusing protection measures on the elderly. This would allow COVID-19 to spread in a population where it is less likely to be deadly, the…

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Coronavirus Tidbits #92 10/17/20

By Judy Stone | October 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’m preoccupied with #GOTV efforts in Swing States. That’s been quite gratifying, and I would encourage others to join in. https://www.mobilize.us/ is a good place to start, or email me for other specific groups I like. Happy to continue to answer your questions/concerns as best I can, so don’t be shy about that. News  Very useful new Risk Calculator – mycovidrisk.com  see Tips for more info ~ ~ ~ New Covid cases surge in Midwest as weather cools and resistance heats up Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska and Wisconsin have seen a greater than 25 percent increase in coronavirus cases in the last two weeks compared to the two weeks before. Minnesota has reported more than a thousand new Covid-19 cases for six days in a row, something that hasn’t happened since the start…

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Coronavirus Tidbits #91 10/15/20

By Judy Stone | October 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’m preoccupied with #GOTV efforts in Swing States.That’s been quite gratifying, and I would encourage others to join in. https://www.mobilize.us/ is a good place to start, or email me for other specific groups I like. Happy to continue to answer your questions/concerns as best I can, so don’t be shy about that. News: Immune cell activation in severe COVID-19 resembles lupus In severe cases of COVID-19, Emory researchers have been observing an exuberant activation of immune cells, resembling acute flares of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), an autoimmune disease. Their findings point towards tests that could separate some COVID-19 patients who need immune-calming therapies from others who may not. They also may begin to explain why some people infected with SARS-CoV-2 produce abundant antibodies against the virus, yet experience poor outcomes. https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-10/ehs-ica100920.php ~ ~…

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Coronavirus Tidbits #90 Growing insanity

By Judy Stone | October 11, 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. Happy to continue to answer your questions/concerns as best I can, so don’t be shy about that. News  “Dying in a Leadership Vacuum” “In an unprecedented move,” the New England Journal of Medicine has published an editorial “condemning the Trump admin for its response to the Covid-19 pandemic – and calling for the current leadership in the US to be voted out of office.” …Our leaders have failed that test. They have taken a crisis and turned it into a tragedy. The magnitude of this failure is astonishing…Why has the United States handled this pandemic so badly? We have failed at almost every step. We had ample warning, but when the disease first arrived, we were incapable of testing effectively and couldn’t provide even the most basic personal protective equipment to health care workers and the general public. And we continue to be way behind the curve in testing…number of…

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Coronavirus Tidbits #89 10/7/20 COVITA special

By Judy Stone | October 7, 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  Trump rollercoaster includes hospitalization at Walter Reed, Rx w Remdesivir, Regeneron’s monoclonal antibody (made with embryonic tissue). Decadron was added–that’s given for folks w pneumonia and is not consistent w “mild” disease. No mention of Hydroxychloroquine. Decadron can cause agitation, delirium, etc…it can also => depression, coming off the high it gives some people. He then staged his joy ride to meet his fans (the white supremacist Proud Boys), endangering his Secret Service Agents force to be with him in an enclosed space w minimal ventilation. Trump claimed that “Covid is no big deal” and people should not let their lives be dominated by it…ignoring the 200,000 dead here alone. Facebook has deleted a post in which President Trump had claimed Covid-19 was “less lethal” than the flu. Then yesterday (10/5) he insisted…

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