• Covid-19 is NOT the Flu

    One argument we continue to hear about the reaction to Covid-19 is that “it’s just another flu”, and that we can move forward with life as usual, much like we move forward with life during flu season. While we wish that were true, it simply is not. There are major differences that necessitate a much bigger reaction to Covid-19. In today’s episode we detail both the similarities and the differences between the illnesses caused by these two viruses.

     

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  • Recent publications from Boston University’s Department of Health Law, Policy and Management: November 2020 Edition

    Below are recent publications from me and my colleagues from Boston University’s Department of Health Law, Policy and Management. You can find all posts in this series here. November 2020 Edition Anderson E, Solch AK, Fincke BG, Meterko M, Wormwood JB, Vimalananda VG. Concerns of Primary Care Clinicians Practicing in an Integrated Health System: a Qualitative Study. […]

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  • Becoming Homebound

    The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in millions of Americans becoming homebound — having limited social contacts and accessing medical care, groceries, and other needs from within their homes. But for many older Americans, being homebound (i.e., never or rarely leaving home) is already the norm. Efforts to connect homebound people with health-promoting resources could help not only to address their medical needs, but also to facilitate their social engagement and participation in valued life activities.

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  • Winter is coming

    Will Raderman is a Research Fellow in the Department of Health Law, Policy & Management at the Boston University School of Public Health. He tweets at @RadWill_. Julia Raifman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Law, Policy & Management at the Boston University School of Public Health and runs the COVID-19 State […]

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  • Does Supplemental Vitamin D Help Treat and/or Prevent Covid-19?

    Ah, Vitamin D, back again. We’ve made our case on how unnecessary Vitamin D supplements are for outcomes like diabetes, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal health, and overall mortality. But what about its effect on viral infections like Covid-19? Can it reduce symptom severity, or perhaps even reduce your odds of becoming infected in the first place? […]

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  • A Survey of Racial and Ethnic Disparities in COVID-19 Outcomes at State, Tribal, and County Levels

    The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in over 6 million infections and more than 200,000 deaths in the U.S. alone, and has exposed long-standing health disparities through its disproportionate impact on racial and ethnic minority communities. These disparities are likely due to a complex combination of risk factors, such as the presence of comorbidities, discrimination, healthcare access and utilization, occupation, or other social determinants of health. As the pandemic continues, understanding the presence and extent of this disproportionate impact remains an area of active and ongoing research. Here, we provide a current snapshot of COVID-19 case and mortality demographic data at state and, where available, tribal and county levels with a focus on identifying and quantifying racial disparities. A more detailed report is available here.

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  • Healthcare Triage Podcast: How We Study Alzheimer’s and Potential Treatments

    Aaron Carroll talks with Dr. Bruce Lamb and Dr. Alan Palkowitz about Alzheimer’s disease. They discuss how they’re combining their different backgrounds and strengths – basic science in university research for Lamb and drug discovery in the pharmaceutical industry for Palkowitz – as they work to develop potential treatments for Alzheimer’s disease.     This episode of the Healthcare Triage podcast […]

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  • Improving HPV Vaccination Rates: A Stepped-Wedge Randomized Trial

    Vaccines are one of the most powerful weapons we have against preventable disease. The authors’ findings that DOSE HPV increased HPV vaccination rates is encouraging. Public health experts and clinicians must prioritize vaccine acceptance and uptake through a variety of approaches, including system-level education interventions.

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  • Joe Biden will be president. It matters

    Joe Biden has won the 2020 Presidential election. But there is a 6-3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court, and the chances of Democratic control of the Senate seem remote. Therefore, Biden will have difficulty passing legislation, appointing judges, and perhaps even getting his cabinet approved. I had hoped that a Biden victory and a […]

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  • How states and localities are enforcing COVID-19 mandates

    Caroline La Rochelle, MPH, is a policy and strategy senior associate at PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Physical distancing (also called social distancing) and the wearing of masks are essential to limiting the spread of COVID-19. Many states and localities have made such measures mandatory, and given the current surge in cases and hospitalizations, […]

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