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Fact-checking COVID-19 Stats
Published Aug 24, 2020Featured Image For Fact-checking COVID-19 Stats
A U.S. Senator mistakenly tweeted that 14% of UNC students have COVID-19. A local news station fact-checked that tweet, explained the math, and the Senator didn’t back down. Sigh… The University of North Carolina made national news after reporting a coronavirus outbreak shortly after students returned to campus. Before students could even get their first […]
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Critics Wonder Whether the FDA Is Too Slow to Handle a Pandemic
Published Aug 14, 2020Featured Image For Critics Wonder Whether the FDA Is Too Slow to Handle a Pandemic
The FDA plays a critical role in our nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It helps decide which medicines are safe and effective to treat the disease. It evaluates the accuracy and reliability of laboratory tests. And it will play a central role in assessing potential vaccines. But will the FDA bureaucracy move with the […]
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An 18th-Century Lesson on How to Stay Healthy during a Pandemic
Published Aug 07, 2020Featured Image For An 18th-Century Lesson on How to Stay Healthy during a Pandemic
Evidence is now overwhelming that wearing face masks slows the spread of the COVID-19 virus. But Americans haven’t universally donned these coverings. An effective leader would find a way to encourage people to adopt this lifesaving behavior. Take sauerkraut, for example. My German father tried his best to get me to eat it when I was a […]
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Concerning Trend for Rural Physicians Makes a Risky Business Even Riskier
Published Jul 23, 2020Featured Image For Concerning Trend for Rural Physicians Makes a Risky Business Even Riskier
The COVID-19 virus is wreaking havoc on healthcare providers. Hospitals and outpatient practices are struggling from a combination of lost revenue, from people delaying or canceling appointments, and increased expenses, related to the measures they are taking to reduce the spread of the virus within healthcare settings. As always, when American healthcare providers are in […]
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Science Isn’t Meant To Be Followed
Published Jun 18, 2020Featured Image For Science Isn’t Meant To Be Followed
Science cannot lead us out of this pandemic. Whatever paths we take to navigate COVID-19 need to be chosen through political processes. The true role of science is to illuminate these pathways, guiding our policy choices by showing us what’s at stake.
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Smoking Cigarettes (My Circumstances Made Me Do It)
Published Jun 12, 2020Featured Image For Smoking Cigarettes (My Circumstances Made Me Do It)
Rates of cigarette smoking have dropped substantially in the US over the past few decades. But lots of Americans still smoke, and the burden of tobacco-related illness does not fall evenly across our population. That is tragic under normal circumstances, with tobacco use leading to heart attacks, strokes, cancers, and emphysema, to name but a […]
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Duke Alumni Magazine Feature: Sick to Debt
Published May 15, 2020Featured Image For Duke Alumni Magazine Feature: Sick to Debt
The Duke Alumni Magazine just published a Q & A about my new book, Sick to Debt. Here was the picture accompanying that article. Y’all agree that this should have been the “author photo” on the back cover? Link to the Q & A  
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Sick to Debt Now Available as Audio Book
Published May 12, 2020Featured Image For Sick to Debt Now Available as Audio Book
I’m excited to announce that my book is now available through Audible, to accompany you on all those long commutes you are no longer making to your job every day. Sigh…  But seriously, I think the topic of this book is more relevant than ever, and hope that having another way to “read” Sick to […]
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Antibody Tests Could Offer A False Sense of Security
Published May 08, 2020Featured Image For Antibody Tests Could Offer A False Sense of Security
A lot of hope on reopening businesses and returning to work in the U.S. hinges on COVID-19 testing and the development of treatments and a vaccine. But as the country ramps up antibody testing – analyzing blood samples for signs someone has been exposed to or infected with the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 – physician […]
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