Last Word

Fewer diabetes patients are picking up their insulin prescriptions – another way the pandemic has delayed health care for many

The pandemic has made it harder for diabetes patients to receive the ongoing care they need. Maskot/Maskot via Getty Images ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Insulin is as essential as water for many people with diabetes. Of the more than 30 million Americans with diabetes, approximately 7.4 million rely on insulin to manage their condition. But it is one of the most costly drugs on the market, and the COVID-19...

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How Migrant Surge at the Border Fuels Massive American OD’s from Tiny Grains of this Killer Drug

On a September afternoon, Allyssia Solorio wondered why her energetic young brother hadn’t emerged from his bedroom in their Sacramento, California home. When she opened his door, she saw 23-year-old Mikael leaning back on his bed with his legs dangling over the side. She rushed to her brother and shook him, but to no avail. He was dead. A counterfeit pharmaceutical pill laced with illicit...

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Audit Rips Apart Florida Program Created to Aid Brain-Damaged Kids

This article was originally published by ProPublica. It is re-published here with permission. ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. Series: Birth Rights - Investigating Florida’s NICA Program Case managers at Florida’s $1.5 billion compensation program for catastrophically brain-damaged...

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As Race ‘Equity’ Advances in Healthcare, Signs of a Chilling Effect on Dissent

The national movement to eradicate what activists call systemic racism and white privilege from medicine and healthcare has few public critics in the medical profession. A possible reason: Skeptics who have questioned these efforts have been subject to harsh Twitter campaigns, professional demotions and other blowback. A podcast of the Journal of the American Medical Association caused a furor...

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Building an immune system for the planet could prevent the next pandemic

OPINION: We need a global information network that spans borders so we can spot — and stop — new pathogens before they threaten world health In 2002, when I was working at the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we noticed something unusual: In China, the price of garlic — which is viewed as a cure-all by many Asian cultures — had...

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9/11 survivors’ exposure to toxic dust and the chronic health conditions that followed offer lessons that are still too often unheeded

Toxic dust hung in the air around ground zero for more than three months following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Anthony Correia/Getty Images ~~~~~~ The 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York resulted in the loss of 2,753 people in the Twin Towers and surrounding area. After the attack, more than 100,000 responders and recovery workers from every U.S. state – along with some...

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