COVID Among the Amish

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania… thousands of families lead lives largely separate from modern America. The Amish are a Christian group that emphasizes the virtuous over the superficial. They don’t usually drive, use electricity or have TVs. And during the COVID-19 outbreak, they became subjects in a massive social and medical experiment. … So it’s safe to […]

Counting COVID Deaths

As hindsight comes into clearer focus, we’re learning a lot about mistaken advice and policies amid the COIVD-19 pandemic. One still murky and disputed area involves the death toll—now upwards of 640,000 in the U.S., according to CDC. Some insist the true count is much higher, others claim it’s lower. Today we begin with the […]

Research Ethics | Full Measure

We begin with questions about ethics concerning medical research on humans. The effort to find a coronavirus vaccine has already moved to fast-track trials and people by necessity, but other human research in recent years, some conducted by federal researchers and prominent hospitals and universities, were found to have violated strict rules governing studies on […]

The Pill Pitch

The Pill Pitch

Prescription drugs help many people and even save lives. But use of prescription drugs as prescribed is also a leading cause of death in the U.S. Are some pharmaceutical companies skirting TV ad rules so that they don’t have to disclose side effects of some vaccines and other prescription medicine? Some critics say “yes.” And […]