Young, Liberal, Silicon Savvy – Why did they join Juul?

Mike Magee In late 2018, young tech-savvy future entrepreneurs streamed into the offices of e-cigarette start-up Juul. Four thousand strong, they were attracted by the $38 billion valuation and the promise of stock sharing in the high-flying techie new business with moral cover – a mission to make cigarette smoking obsolete. At their Christmas party…

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Coronavirus: Should I Cancel My Flight?

Mike Magee Novel Coronavirus cases are fast approaching 25,000 with approximately 500 deaths or a case fatality rate of approximately 2%. Compare that with the 2003 figures for 8422 cases of  SARS and a case fatality rate of around 10%, and you can see why we’re not yet in a full blown panic. Flights of…

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Being Played For Suckers. Not Exactly “Breaking News”!

Mike Magee In this age of hucksterism and “fake news”, we Americans need to accept the fact that we’re too easy a mark, too naïve, too corruptible. And don’t blame our elected leaders – they’re simply a reflection of us. Just take a look at our health care system, overrun with profiteering, one of only…

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Tony Fauci Video On The Novel Coronavirus

In this JAMA podcast, Tony Fauci provides a measured update on the novel coronavirus that jumped from animals to humans, its current severity, and appropriate public health measures underway. Listening time: 27 minutes. The post Tony Fauci Video On The Novel Coronavirus appeared first on HealthCommentary.

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Placing Coronavirus In Public Health Perspective

Mike Magee The big news this week is the new coronavirus spreading across the globe compliments of China. Even in the US, where the risk remains low, fear and panic spread faster than a wildfire. In response to a single student at Arizona State University testing positive this week, a student written online petition stating,…

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MLK, Cuba, and Trumpian Values.

Mike Magee We just returned from a 11-day trip with Road Scholars to Cuba. During the trip, Trump announced new restrictions on travel to the island. Last years elimination of cruise ships and flights to all cities except Havana shaved nearly 10% off tourism this year. The day of this latest offensive, a Cuban professor…

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Smart Politicians Are Discovering Family Caregivers.

Mike Magee The 2020 elections are right around the corner – and the fight for advocates and constituents among the candidates is already engaged. Seniors have always been a target. But what about their caregivers? A new survey sheds light on the politics of this constituency. Conducted Oct. 21 to Oct. 26, 2019, by Hart…

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Letting Academic Physicians Off The Hook.

Mike Magee In 2004, when I read Dr. Marcia Angell’s book, “The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us And What To Do About It”, I agreed with everything she wrote. How couldn’t I? At the time, I had a front row seat inside the largest pharmaceutical company in the world and managed a substantial…

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HealthCommentary 2019-12-31 18:42:21

Mike Magee December 14, 2012 seems a long time ago – 7 years and 17 days. That is when 20 young souls, age 6 and 7, were shot down in Newton, CT, a few miles from our home. Two days after the tragedy, I wrote: “Did we as a nation do all that was possible to…

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