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Medicine Archives

The Coronavirus Superheroes

There is plenty of bad news when it comes to the Coronavirus pandemic, but let’s not overlook or ignore the good news. Some of the statistical models are looking good, but I’m not talking about that.

There are people who are fighting on the front lines to stop this. There are others making sure that you can continue living your life even as you are sheltering in place. And puppies are being adopted.

In this episode, I talk about some of the good that is happening all around us.

Mentioned links:

COVID-19 Infographic (from listener Phil)

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There are a number of political angles to the Coronavirus, and I think many lessons to be learned. Let’s hope people are listening.

Reporter Without Borders has found an incredibly clever way to distribute the works of journalists who have been censored by their own governments. It involves the game of Minecraft. Really!

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US and Canada suspend non-essential travel between the two countries

Baltimore Mayor Begs Residents To Stop Shooting Each Other So Hospital Beds Can Be Used For Coronavirus Patients

Baltimore mayor under pressure after ‘space to destroy’ remark

The Uncensored Library

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Coronavirus: don’t panic, be prepared

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is making news all over the world. But what should you do about it (other than keeping those hands washed)? If the worst happens (but I don’t think it will (but I’m no expert)), prepare but don’t panic.

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews got something of an education on the outrage culture of the Left. Did he learn anything from it?

Mentioned links:

Virus pushes beyond Asia, taking aim at Europe, Mideast

Chris Matthews faces calls for resignation after comparing Sanders victory to Nazi invasion

Chris Matthews Begs Bernie for Forgiveness; No Apologies for Despicable Trump Family Remarks

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Who wrote those beloved Christmas songs?

As long as Democrats keep preaching socialized medicine (as most of their candidates for President are doing), I’ll keep highlighting how it’s failing. This time out, a new report showing the same old thing.

Boris Johnson and the conservative Tories in the UK had an historic win in Parliamentary elections. Brexit is happening. And, of course, like here, the Left over there is in #Resistance mode.

And who wrote those beloved Christmas songs you hear this time of year? The answer might surprise you.

Mentioned links:

The Private Cost of Public Queues for Medically Necessary Care, 2019

Left-Wing Newspaper Advises People “How To Leave The United Kingdom” After Election Loss

‘Not my prime minister’, protesters march in London against Johnson

All those Holiday/Christmas Songs: So Many Jewish Songwriters!

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Good news and bad news

This time out I’m talking about good news and bad news on the medical front.

The good news is that one set of parents in the UK succeeded where the parents of Charie Gard and Alfie Evans failed. Is it a trend? I hope so.

The bad news is that, in Canada, if you can’t afford your health care, they’re certainly willing to help you die.

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Parents of severely disabled Tafida Raqeeb, five, win the right to keep her on life support and take her to Italy for treatment despite doctors arguing she has permanent brain damage and no chance of recovery

Disabled 41-Year-Old Man is Euthanized After Funding for Home Health Care Runs Out

B.C. man receives assisted death after funding cut for in-home care

‘OK’ hand gesture added to list of white supremacist hate symbols

ASL sign for: nine

OK gesture [Wikipedia]

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Were the Flint children poisoned?

Flint, Michigan had the lead level in its water raised when the water source was changed. This gave the children lead poisoning. Or did it? In this episode we’ll Reconsider This.

Medical marijuana has been allowed in many states because of its health benefits. But are those benefit backed up by actual studies?

Mentioned links:

The Children of Flint Were Not ‘Poisoned’

Most in US think cannabis has health benefits, despite lack of data – study

In major study, cannabis shows no benefit for chronic pain

Previous episode on Flint, Michigan:

Episode 135: The Flint Blame Game, and Defending Caitlyn Jenner

Episode 140: Reconsidering the Flint Water Crisis, and the College Cost Fairy Tale

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