The Kryptonite Hypothesis

Experts say the medical establishment was wrong to dismiss warnings that common obesity-related medications would trigger COVID-19 deaths.

ProPublica – Inside the Fall of the CDC

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How the world’s greatest public health organization was brought to its knees by a virus, the president and the capitulation of its own leaders, causing damage that could last much longer than the coronavirus.

The New Humanitarian – Killing Us Softly

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Each year, pollution kills twice as many people worldwide as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined, but aid policy has consistently neglected it as a health risk.

SciDevNet – Viral hepatitis more deadly than HIV, but unfunded

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Asia has one million hepatitis-related deaths per year and 70 percent of the global death toll, but funding for viral hepatitis is miniscule. (Note: An error was introduced during the editing process: the Global Burden of Disease study is the work of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), at the University of Washington, not the WHO.)

The BMJ – Should research fraud be a crime?

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Zulfiqar A Bhutta says that criminal sanctions are necessary to deter growing deliberate research misconduct, which can ultimately harm patients. Julian Crane disagrees: he doubts that sanctions will have any deterrent effect and worries that criminalisation would undermine trust.