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How to eradicate Covid-19

Closing wet markets and changing cultures will be expensive, but rich countries should pay the price. It will prove a cheap way to prevent future pandemics.

September 16, 2020 | Posted in Opinion, Top Box | Read More »

Covid-19 and AIDS: Parallels

MATTHEW EDLUND, MD, MOH Guest Columnist Edlund@lbknews.com The past is never past. As I wrote two months ago, the bungled political response to Covid-19 eerily paralleled the first American responses to AIDS. The present parallels between Covid-19 and AIDS continue to increase: Both diseases are nasty and lethal in unexpected ways With AIDS, originally GRIDS (Gay-Related Immune Deficiency Syndrome), […]

August 4, 2020 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

Covid-19: Normalizing Fear

Perhaps Americans just feel a roll of the dice is what’s life’s all about, as when Clint Eastwood/Dirty Harry in the 1971 Don Siegel film classic asks a bank robber, “Do I feel lucky?”

August 4, 2020 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

How to Stop a Global Pandemic

The most ferocious recent human epidemics – AIDS, SARS, Ebola, MERS, Sars Cov 2, have been viral epidemics that “jumped” from other species.

April 19, 2020 | Posted in Key Health, Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Why Are Symptoms So Varied?

We won’t know the truth until we do what places like South Korea and Italy’s Veneto region have done effectively: test and track.

April 13, 2020 | Posted in Key Health, Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Measuring Mortality

Consider the death case rate for Covid-19. It has became a matter of comparison, even competition, between governments, letting some crow they’ve done a better job.

April 13, 2020 | Posted in Key Health, Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »

Editorial Letters – Week ending May 10, 2019

Longboat Key News encourages Letters to the Editor on timely issues. Please email to: letters@lbknews.com or mail to PO Box 8001, Longboat Key, FL 34228. We also print letters sent to Town Hall that address Longboat Key issues. We reserve the right to edit. Arts & Cultural Center To: Editor The fact that Ringling is […]

June 17, 2019 | Posted in Letters | Read More »

Can addiction start in the ER?

Physicians treat the chart rather than the patient (some estimates put 44% of ER physician time as spent on charting), and many electronic records are walled off from each other.

November 11, 2018 | Posted in Key Health, Opinion, Top Box | Read More »

Now — you must use drugs

In a clinical world discovering a new mania for guidelines, it’s important to ask about the “standard of care.”

October 16, 2018 | Posted in Key Health, Opinion, Top Box | Read More »

Marketing medical marijuana

A giant experiment is now getting tried on the public, driven by political passion and fabulous profits – three Exchange traded funds already exist for stocks of marijuana companies.

September 16, 2018 | Posted in Major Headlines, Top Box | Read More »