The Enthusiastic Psychonaut: How Not to Run an Author Event

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Michael Pollan's appearance felt canned and well-rehearsed; neither a speech nor a reading but an hour of back and forth between Pollan and the editor of his newsletter.

We Know Abortion-the-Politics. What About Abortion-the-Science?

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"Scientists are not going to resolve this tension, but they are informing it."

Turning the Abortion Argument: Grow a Uterus and Then We Can Talk

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The anti-choice argument is not about morality, it's about power.

Coming to Terms with Vaccination

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One problem is that the term “fully vaccinated,” perpetuates the initial presumption that two Moderna or Pfizer doses are all that will ever be needed. Not so.

British Columbia to Decriminalize Possession of Hard Drugs

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"By decriminalizing people who use drugs, we will break down the stigma that stops people from accessing lifesaving support and services.”

Roadmap: Thirteen Strategies to Help us Live with COVID

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What we’ve learned over the past 26 months is that humanity isn’t a precision drill team capable of executing in accordance with such guidance; not even close.

The Big Gamble: COVID and Children

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The CDC has reported that, by the latter stages of the Omicron surge, ~75% of American children 0-17 tested positive for COVID antibodies, meaning they’d had the disease.

Lessons Learned: Facing Up to How We’re Dealing with COVID

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We appear to have accepted that COVID may well be a major cause of death indefinitely. To borrow and twist the subtitle of Dr. Strangelove, we’ve learned to stop worrying and love the virus.

A Growing Psychedelic Rush?

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This area has a long and storied history as a cultural hub of psychedelic exploration.

Dentistry, Italian Style

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"This was dentistry in the era of COVID-19. And best of all, the whole process cost only 70 euros ($80)."

Canada Drops Its Vexing, Burdensome Border-Crossing Requirements

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Vaccination rates in Canada have been higher than in America. But Canada still imposed vexing requirements for those crossing its borders. No more -- unless you are unvaccinated.

Where’s the Cheapest Healthcare in Washington?

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The importance of this new information can’t be understated.  For too long, it’s been held murkily in silos within the industry. 

Fixing What Ails Us: A Modest Proposal to fix Healthcare and Education

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I think decision makers in healthcare and education need to place less emphasis on just-in-time metrics and more emphasis on just-in-case planning.

Hang Tight: The Omicron Tsunami is Here

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Not surprisingly, our hunger to believe in Omicron’s possible mildness is blooming faster than scientists can support, even though the science is trending in encouraging directions. Here’s a status report.

British Columbia Tightens COVID Restrictions as Omicron Surges

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“We have a very fragile health-care-worker work force right now. People are so tired. All of us had a ‘Here we go again’ feeling. It is really challenging looking down the line at what could happen."

Omicron: What we Know so Far

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Omicron is now considered likely to drive a major new COVID wave over the next few months across the Northern Hemisphere. Case rates will probably break all records, and hospitalizations and deaths will inevitably rise again, hopefully at a lower rate relative to cases in previous waves.

Running in Reverse: What Overturning Roe V. Wade will Bring

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Should the court overturn Roe v Wade, it will trigger laws in more than 21 states to make abortion illegal.

Omicron: Omigod???

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Delta was 70% more transmissible than Alpha, it's already-transmissive predecessor. Omicron may be 500% more transmissive than Delta.

A Cancer Doc Reflects on COVID Response: How the System Held

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Local hospitals had to scramble to protect patients and staff from the spreading Covid, while steps in China were startlingly efficient. Earlier experience treating AIDS helped guide the authors' response.

Post Alley Podcast: Tom Corddry talks about Science, COVID, and Reporting on a Pandemic

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Post Alley writer Tom Corddry has written a series of stories to help us understand COVID and the miraculous breakthroughs of mRNA. In Post Alley's first podcast, he talks about how he dove deep into the data.

Survey Finds Viral Politicization Over COVID Vaccines

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“People’s trusted news sources are correlated with their belief in COVID-19 misinformation,” the Kaiser survey found. It noted trust in vaccination highest among those watching network news, viewers of CNN and MSNBC, and those watching their local news.

Are We Asking the Wrong Questions About Homeless Encampments?

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The author of a new book writes: "Encampments provide a community for users, creating the kinds of environmental cues that the USC psychologist Wendy Wood finds crucial in forming and maintaining habits. They are often places where addicts flee from treatment, where they can find approval for their meth use.”

Medical Revolution: The Tantalizing and Profound Promise of mRNA

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mRNA itself isn’t a single substance such as penicillin or aspirin. Instead, it’s a class of molecules with a nearly infinite number of possible variants.

A COVID Parable: Two Sick People, One ICU Bed

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Was the older man’s choice not to take the one available bed in ICU in some sense an act of forgiveness for the younger man if he chose not to be vaccinated or take pre-cautions? In the older man’s spot, what decision would I have made?

Groovy Man! Lawmakers Turn On to Dropping Out Laws Against Psychedelic Drugs

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A strategy for building a national movement that supports legalizing psychedelics can also address a community’s social justice issues and the individual’s freedom to explore their creative consciousness. This dual approach can bridge the ideological divide in our nation by refocusing on an issue that can work for the greater good regardless of one’s party affiliation.

The Key to Getting Better Health Insurance

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Transparency is the first step towards accountability and that is a key component of improvement. Otherwise, how can you tell when improvements are made?

Better Off Than Ever and yet Unhappier

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Like so many things, it strikes me that modern brain science is confirming what traditional and spiritual wisdom have long taught: moderation is wise. Fasting is a necessary complement to feasting. But we’re up against a culture and economy that tell us to indulge, to enjoy, and to feast all the time as we try to fill some deeper emptiness.

Long COVID: Slow Disaster-In-The-Making?

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Nearly all of the focus to date on COVID’s impacts has been about hospitalizations and deaths. We have assumed that if we can prevent those two outcomes, we’re past the worst of the crisis. But long COVID might be the third bad outcome, emerging from the shadows.

British Columbia Mandates Proof Of Vaccination for Most Indoor Activities

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“Vaccines are our ticket to putting this pandemic behind us. So I call on all eligible British Columbians to roll up their sleeves to stop the spread, and help protect themselves, people they love and the community,” said B.C. Premier John Horgan.

Everything You Need to Know About Schools, Students and COVID Right Now

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School Districts are scrambling, parents are frightened, and COVID is sending children to the hospital at rates far higher than before. Will the same happen here, or are we better prepared than they appear to be in Hawaii, Arizona, Florida, Alabama, and Missouri?