Pandemic puts all eyes on public health

Q&A — Epidemiologist Ross C. Brownson Covid-19 has exposed the weak spots of the US public health system — and that presents an opportunity, says an epidemiologist, for the nation to recognize the problems and act to fix them Public health — the science of protecting and improving the health of a population — includes everything from setting pollution limits to urging women to get mammograms. It’s investigating salmonella outbreaks, tracking Lyme disease, defining drunk driving, fighting climate change, tackling systemic racism, inspecting restaurants, distributing condoms and every other activity that affects health. This broad array of activities reflects our modern-day understanding...

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Memorial Cardiac & Vascular Institute Earns Highest Rating from Society of Thoracic Surgeons

The Memorial Cardiac & Vascular Institute (MCVI) has earned three-star ratings for patient care and outcomes from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) in both isolated aortic valve replacement (AVR) surgery and isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). The designation, which recognizes the highest category of quality, places Memorial among the elite heart surgery programs in the United States and Canada. Historically, fewer than 10% of cardiothoracic surgical programs earn three stars from STS, a nonprofit organization that represents more than 7,300 surgeons, researchers, and allied healthcare professionals worldwide. Its highly-regarded rating system uses data from benchmarked...

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AMA honors Florida medical society executive for lifetime achievement

CHICAGO — The American Medical Association (AMA) honored Tenna Wiles, chief executive officer of the Palm Beach County Medical Society (PBCMS), with the Medical Executive Lifetime Achievement Award. Wiles was recognized by the AMA as a medical association executive who has contributed substantially to the goals and ideals of the medical profession. “A champion for patients and physicians, Tenna Wiles is a medical association executive respected for her dedication to all aspects of the medical profession,” said AMA Board Chair Russ Kridel, MD. “During a career spanning twenty years, she has led the development of volunteer programs that have benefited the community and inspired physicians....

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New Legal Push Aims to Speed Magic Mushrooms to Dying Patients

Back in March, just as anxiety over COVID-19 began spreading across the U.S., Erinn Baldeschwiler of La Conner, Washington, found herself facing her own private dread. Just 48 and the mother of two teenagers, Baldeschwiler was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer after discovering a small lump on her chest, no bigger than a pea. Within weeks, it was the size of a golf ball, angry and red. Doctors gave her two years to live. “It’s heartbreaking,” she said. “Frankly, I was terrified.” But instead of retreating into her illness, Baldeschwiler is pouring energy into a new effort to help dying patients gain legal access to psilocybin — the mind-altering compound found in so-called...

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