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Molecules to Medicine

Molecules to Medicine

Demystifying drug development, clinical research, medicine, and the role ethics plays

  • Farewell to “Molecules to Medicine” on SciAm

    By Judy Stone | December 15, 2014 |

    As has been announced earlier today, Scientific American blogs is “being reorganized.” As part of that euphemism, many blogs, mine included, are being eliminated as of today, along with changes in their editorial policies. Writing for SciAm has been a very gratifying experience. […]

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  • An Ethics Conference Where an Expert Gets it Wrong

    An Ethics Conference Where an Expert Gets it Wrong

    By Judy Stone | December 15, 2014 |

    Getting to the truth There was an interesting array of topics at last week’s Advancing Ethical Research conference sponsored by Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIMR) , ranging from basics of Institutional Review Boards (IRB) to ethics of Ebola trials, which was excellent. […]

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  • Elegy for Rural Community Hospitals

    Elegy for Rural Community Hospitals

    By Judy Stone | December 11, 2014 |

    Boothbay Region Health & Wellness Foundation logo In a pattern being repeated across the country, the Boothbay, Maine peninsula’s hospital has been shuttered, and the communities just lost their bid to even have a 24 hour urgent care on the peninsula. […]

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  • Ebola Quarantines: Can we stop the charade now?

    Ebola Quarantines: Can we stop the charade now?

    By Judy Stone | November 11, 2014 |

    Pribilstan Quarantine Sign "I'm a believer in an abundance of caution but I'm not a believer of an abundance of idiocy." Ashish Jha, MD Quarantine craziness has continued since my last post, with more states joining in the fray. The sudden silence since Election Day has been quite striking, but since the irrational hodgepodge of regulations persists, here is a brief update. […]

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  • Quarantines: Chaos and Confusion

    By Judy Stone | October 28, 2014 |

    Will history repeat? The Plague Doctor There has been a quantum change in the past few days as to how healthcare workers (HCW) returning from the West African countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone are being treated. This was prompted by two cases. […]

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  • Why Ebola Is a Wake Up for Infection Control

    Why Ebola Is a Wake Up for Infection Control

    By Judy Stone | October 23, 2014 |

    Annual antibiotic resistant infections in the U.S. Just as the CDC's and other experts' thoughts on Ebola and infection control have evolved with experience, mine have taken a slight twist as well. Given the missteps at Dallas’s Texas Presbyterian Hospital, which could have occurred in any community, I now agree with the current recommendations to centralize care in specialty centers. […]

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  • Ebola in the U.S.—Politics and Public Health Don't Mix

    Ebola in the U.S.—Politics and Public Health Don't Mix

    By Judy Stone | October 6, 2014 |

    CDC Public Health Preparedness Funding "Against stupidity, even the gods strive in vain." -- Fredirich Schiller I’ve been glued to the Ebola news, riding the roller coaster of emotions. While very impressed with CDC’s director, Dr. Tom Frieden’s, initial press conference (10/2/14), I became infuriated at the subsequent statements from Lisa Monaco, Homeland Security Advisor, and the tragicomedy of the Dallas hospital’s farcical response, prompting this post. […]

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  • Superbugs should scare you more than Ebola in US

    Superbugs should scare you more than Ebola in US

    By Judy Stone | September 30, 2014 |

    Stay calm... The first case of Ebola in the United States was announced today, with a patient in Dallas who traveled to the US from Liberia. The resultant hysteria and xenophobia prompts this reminder. There is NO need to panic. Ebola is NOT transmitted before a patient develops symptoms. […]

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  • Ebola – the World’s Katrina

    Ebola – the World’s Katrina

    By Judy Stone | September 9, 2014 |

    MSF staff members respond to the the Ebola epidemic in Guinea in March 2014 - Kjell Gunnar Beraas/MSF To anyone who follows infectious disease outbreaks, it is no great surprise that the most immediate, looming threat, Ebola, has received scant attention until recently. […]

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  • Covert Operations vs. Public Health: What is the Government Thinking?

    Covert Operations vs. Public Health: What is the Government Thinking?

    By Judy Stone | August 12, 2014 |

    Graffiti on USAID poster - David Lisbona/flickr My attention having been riveted by Ebola , I missed this startling news last week: U.S. Agency for International Development sent young people undercover to Cuba to incite anti-government activism . […]

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