Misleading CDC Report on COVID-19 Testing Combines “Apples and Elephants”

Misleading CDC Report on COVID-19 Testing Combines “Apples and Elephants”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acknowledged last week that it had lumped genetic tests that identify people with current COVID-19 infections together with serology (blood) antibody tests that measure whether someone has had the viral infection in the past.1 Combining the tally of the two tests overstates the country’s ability to […]

Vitamin D Benefits Confirmed by New COVID-19 Research

Vitamin D Benefits Confirmed by New COVID-19 Research

Vitamin D, the fat-soluble hormone produced in the body when sunlight hits the skin, is responsible not only for bone health but is also believed to help regulate the immune and neuromuscular systems. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, heart disease, depression, weight gain and other maladies.1 Research […]

Study Estimates CA COVID-19 Mortality Rate Under One Percent

Study Estimates CA COVID-19  Mortality Rate Under One Percent

The University of Southern California (USC) and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health released preliminary results on Apr. 20, 2020 from a collaborative study that suggests infections from the coronavirus in Los Angeles County are more widespread, and the fatality rate much lower, than previously assumed. Based on antibody testing results from 863 […]

Face Masks to Prevent COVID-19: Conflicting Facts & Advice

Face Masks to Prevent COVID-19: Conflicting Facts & Advice

In a media briefing on Mar. 30, 2020, World Health Organization (WHO) officials confirmed that facial masks for the prevention of COVID-19 should be worn by those who are sick or in close contact with those infected, and are not recommended for healthy members of the general population.1 A day later, U.S. Vice President Mike […]

Stanford Study Suggests COVID-19 Mortality Rate Similar to Flu

Stanford Study Suggests COVID-19 Mortality Rate Similar to Flu

A new study by researchers associated with Stanford University Medical School has concluded, based on a sample of Santa Clara County, California residents, that the number of people infected with SARS-CoV-2, is 50-to 80-fold more than the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.1 The researchers tested a sample of 3,330 residents of the county on Apr. […]

Iowa Bill Requires Infant Death Certificates to Include Vaccine Information

Iowa Bill Requires Infant Death Certificates to Include Vaccine Information

A bill is working its way through the Iowa legislature that would require medical examiners to include information on the medical examiners form used to fill out the death certificate about recent vaccinations given to any child under age three who dies of any cause. The bill, SF 2302, passed the Iowa Senate’s Human Resources […]

Maine Residents Could Restore Vaccine Exemptions by Popular Vote on March 3 Ballot

Maine Residents Could Restore Vaccine Exemptions by Popular Vote on March 3 Ballot

On May 24, 2019, Maine’s House of Representatives passed a bill (LD798) removing religious and philosophical vaccine exemptions to block Maine residents from getting an education in a public, private, parochial or trade school or enrolling in educational courses online. The bill also removed vaccine exemptions for students to attend colleges and universities, and barred […]

Doctors Avoid Hand Washing Despite Evidence It is Best Way to Reduce Infections

Doctors Avoid Hand Washing Despite Evidence It is Best Way to Reduce Infections

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been urging everyone to thoroughly and frequently wash their hands since reports of the coronavirus outbreak in China, highlighting the long recognized practice of hand washing as a tried and true infection control measure.1 A little known fact is that among all health care providers, […]

“Little Women” Movie Spurs Interest in Scarlet Fever

“Little Women” Movie Spurs Interest in Scarlet Fever

Little Women, the 19th century coming of age movie directed by Greta Gerwig currently showing in theaters nationwide, has moviegoers searching for information about scarlet fever. Beth, the youngest of the four March sisters, dies of complications of the infection at the climax of the movie. Scarlet fever is a bacterial infection caused by the […]

Injecting TB Vaccines Into the Veins vs Reducing Poverty

Injecting TB Vaccines Into the Veins vs Reducing Poverty

The journal Nature recently reported that tuberculosis (TB) vaccine developers discovered TB vaccine is much more effective if it is injected directly into the veins of monkeys rather than into the skin. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) found that administering BCG—the […]