When It Comes to American Health, Culture Trumps Politics
There are times when our partisan political debate feels like the modern, social-media-fueled version of Nero fiddling while Rome burns. Or perhaps the better analogy is to the proverbial “bread and circuses” designed to distract a population from its own …
In Single-Payer, Who Really Pays?
Making the click-through worthwhile: the not-so-solid public support for single-payer, the inconvenient details behind the boast that Hillary Clinton “made history,” a stunningly low percentage of Americans can answer basic questions about how our government works, and the former Democratic …
Pro-Life Laws Do Not Lead to Poor Public Health
This week, the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) and IBIS Reproductive Health released a study on pro-life laws and public-health outcomes. It purports to show that the states most active in enacting pro-life policies fare poorly on a range of …
The ‘Dubious’ Claim That Obamacare Saved Zero Lives
If you are going to claim that someone’s policy will cause upward of 200,000 deaths, I feel that you should have relevant supporting evidence. Maybe I’m just old-fashioned that way. Certainly, no such standards seem to hamper the editors …
On Health Care, Most People Don’t Know What They’re Talking About
Editor’s Note: This piece is reprinted with permission from the Adam Smith Institute.
Health care in the United States is famous for three things: It’s expensive, it’s not universal, and it has poor outcomes. The U.S. …
The Culinary Cult
We’re all opposed to animal cruelty. . . until the definition of “animal cruelty” becomes so broad and far-reaching that it includes ordering McNuggets.
Matt Scully wrote on NRO earlier this week a defense of animal rights that …
Double Standard: Male Birth-Control Study Cancelled Due to Side Effects
A new study shows that a hormonal birth-control shot for males could effectively prevent pregnancy in female partners, but further studies were cancelled after the men involved in the study experienced side effects, primarily depression. The decision to curtail the …
Out of Work and Taking Pain Pills
Just a few months ago, hardly anyone was talking about American men leaving the workforce, even though more than 10 percent of males 25–54 are neither employed nor looking for work.
Now it seems like everyone is talking.
Nicholas Eberstadt of the …
Krauthammer’s Take: Pneumonia Could Have Earned Sympathy If Clinton Camp ‘Were Honest and Clever’
Charles Krauthammer does not think the Hillary Clinton campaign would have disclosed anything about her health without Sunday’s video, and to him this shows a lack of foresight, not just of honesty:
The video is always decisive — for …
Facebook Is Censoring Science and Journalism
One might have thought that the recent allegations by former employees that Facebook was manipulating its trending-topics feed to suppress news stories that appeal to conservatives would make the social-media behemoth tread more carefully. Apparently, though, it did not learn …
American College of Physicians Opposes Assisted Suicide
Excellent. The American College of Physicians, after studying the issue, has issued a policy statement against the legalization of assisted suicide. From the ACP Position Paper:
Society’s goal should be to make dying less, not more, medical. Physician-assisted suicide is …
The Fatuity of Fat Studies
Earlier this month, several websites covered news of an upcoming “fat studies” course that will be taught at Oregon State by Associate Professor Patti Lou Watkins. From the way some reporters wrote about it, you might have concluded that fat …
The Organic Industry Is in Turmoil
Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods, the grocer that brought pricey organic food to the masses, comes during a time of turmoil in the organic industry: The Department of Agriculture is continuing to investigate the importation of millions of pounds …
War On Generic Drugs Only Makes Drug Prices Higher
Everybody complains about the high cost of prescription drugs. Even President Trump said recently that the pharma industry “is getting away with murder” with its high prices.
One way that the cost of many older drugs has been held down …
‘Post-truth” is much in the news these days — both the word itself and the phenomenon it describes, in which (according to the Oxford English Dictionary, which chose “post-truth” as its Word of the Year) “objective facts are less influential …
Can Diet Explain the Rising Death Rates of White Americans?
Something is killing us — beyond the fact that life itself is a terminal condition. This week brought news that the U.S. mortality rate overall has risen slightly since 2014. “It’s a definite milestone in the wrong direction, and …
World Health Organization Seeks to Define Singleness as a Form of Infertility
What do you call people who are not reproducing because they do not have a sexual partner? Antiquarians may designate them “single,” but the World Health Organization (WHO) knows better. They are, we learn today, “infertile.” Henceforth, the organization intends …
Debunking the Debunkers on Sugar
Dr. Courtney Gaine is having a very bad week.
She and her colleagues have been receiving calls, e-mails, and tweets accusing them of killing hundreds of thousands of people and asking how they sleep at night. “I never anticipated the …
The Most Ridiculous Reactions to Hillary Clinton’s Fainting
Having routinely denounced anyone who so much as mentioned Hillary Clinton’s health as denizens of the Internet’s right-wing fever swamps, Democrats and their media allies were forced to switch gears yesterday after footage emerged of the Democratic nominee’s “health …
No, Cutting Family-Planning-Program Funding Didn’t Increase Texas’s Maternal-Mortality Rate
A recent article in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology has received a good deal of media coverage over the past month, as it reports a consistent increase in the U.S. maternal mortality rate since 2000. However, most of the attention …