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The President Drives the 2015 White House Conference on Aging.

Mike Magee If summertime is normally marked by a sleepy Washington news cycle, than 2015 will stand out for many years as a distinct anomaly. Between marriage equality, the trade agreement, the survival of the Affordable Care Act, and now the Iran agreement, it would be very easy to miss other notable events that have […]

Is “Amazing Grace” Mediated Through The Placebo Neurobiologic Effect?

Source: Chronicle Augusta.com Mike Magee This week, Ted Kaptchuk and Franklin Miller published a seminal article in the New England Journal of Medicine titled, “Placebo Effects in Medicine”. I believe it will be remembered for many years, not for its scientific insights, which are considerable, but for its’ theologic, sociologic, and historical revelations, buried deep […]

The Microbial Threat: Why The White House Is Engaged.

Image Credit:Medical Daily.com Mike Magee Infectious diseases are all the rage these days. Bird flu and MERS outbreaks are back in the news. Hepatitis C is pervasive in the Appalachian states, tick-borne Lyme disease is heading north and coliform bacteria is finding its way onto college toothbrushes in CT. Water is being boiled in Utah, Blue Bell ice […]

“Medical-Industrial Complex” Feels The Summer Heat

Mike Magee It’s been quite a week for the “Medical-Industrial Complex”. This interwoven series of governmental, non-profit, academic and corporate relationships rivals the countries “Military-Industrial Complex” in its relentless consumption of America’s human treasures and financial capital, its’ non-transparency, its’ capacity to resist reform in an orderly and responsible manner, and its’ wide range of […]

Syrian Debate: What Would Doctors and Nurses Do?

Mike Magee President Obama has appropriately asked the US Congress to debate our response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria. The value for the US and the world is the first full airing of the pro’s and con’s of attempting, through treaties and agreements and the enforcement of such agreements, to maintain a […]

The Health of Our Nation: From Uncle Tom’s Cabin To The Global Burden of Disease Report. A Week To Remember…

Mike Magee This past week the long awaited Global Burden of Disease update arrived. For the US, there was some evidence of progress, but still troubling signs that for all of our considerable investment in health care, the US population lags other nations in health.(1) The systematic approach taken in this study uses a measure […]

Plan B: Context and Facts

Mike Magee This week the Obama administration gave the green light to unrestricted availability and sales of the morning-after contraceptive pill, Plan B. In the recent past U.S. District Judge Edward R. Korman had called the administration’s age restrictions “politically motivated” and “scientifically unjustified”. Without signaling a change in their opinion, the administration declined to […]

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