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@iltalehti_fi @heljasalonen '#Terveystoimittaja': Toisen rokotteen voimaa.
#Hus:in diagnostiikkajohtaja #LasseLehtonen rohkeni lähteä #Venäjä-Pietariin katsomaan jalkapallon EM-ottelua.
Lehtosella oli jo se toinen ja hän katsoi, että hänellä oli lupa lähteä.… Image
@iltalehti_fi @heljasalonen #Mediapooli. Tuottamukselliset terveyden ja hengen vaarantamiset, #rokotekuolemat.
#Korruptio -rahaa vastaan, 2 vuotta valehdelleen "#toimittaja'n" asema #Nuremberg'n lavalla, kun #SpandauBallet -biisi alkaa.
- #Tuonela noutaa... ikuiseen tanssiin...… ImageImage
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In my work I offer some reasons why we hang on to micro-level interventions even when the evidence is clear that they exert only modest, transient effects.

For one, macro- and meso- level work is challenging and often requires destabilizations of power.

Yet, as I often argue, for our anti-stigma work we actually DO need micro-level interventions like educations and trainings. They DO have some effects and are easier to implement.

The only problem is when micro-level interventions come to dominate the entire field of our anti-stigma work, which the evidence suggests happens, especially in public health spaces.

Instead, my teams and I advance a tripartite anti-stigma approach.

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A thread on methods of teaching #bioethics:
Most bioethics textbooks use ideal theory. They start with ethical theories that can be applied to case studies... 1/6
Ideal theory, says Charles Mills, is “a distortional complex of ideas, values, norms, and beliefs that reflects the nonrepresentative interests and experiences of a small minority of the national population.”... 2/6
Ideal theory focuses on ideals to the exclusion of non-ideal social conditions. It asks us to look at cases/scenarios detached from our dystopian (white supremacist, patriarchal, capitalist, eugenic) reality... 3/6
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Multiplexed barcoding of cells:

Fluorescence Polarization Spectroscopy…
I fucking knew it. That's just wonderful. 😑
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This is a fascinating response from Dr. Miller, from whose work I've learned much over the years!

Some thoughts:

I agree with Dr. Miller that the utility of ethicists in the #RoomWhereItHappens for public health emergency policy response ought not be assumed. That said, I strongly believe that an appropriately-trained ethicist can be helpful, at least in the following ways:

(1) Trained ethicists often have facilitation skills, specifically as regards to complex normative and ethical problems unfolding in urgent or emergent contexts. Applied ethicists in practice almost never dictate or pronounce conclusion -- if they are practicing well IMO.

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Black, Hispanic, & Asian patients in our hospitals are receiving less supplemental oxygen than White patients because of racial bias in pulse oximetry.…
Huge thanks to @egottliebMD for sharing his work w/ the @BrighamWomens Ethics Committee today (after a night shift!). @MITCriticalData
#Bioethics folks: what policies/changes have your hospitals adopted to address racial disparities in pulse oximetry?
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I am super happy to announce that I have been awarded a US$5000 grant from @StraussLibrary to develop an OER ("Open Educational Resource") Casebook of Public Health Ethics Teaching Cases.

Other than the wonderful CDC Casebook, teaching cases in #PHEthx are scarce.

I should know, since I have been scraping the Internet for a decade trying to find them. One of the first-day axioms in #PHEthx is that in important ways it is simply different from health care/clinical ethics. Good teaching cases must reflect these differences.

But some of the early casebooks are frankly dated, and other than the remarkable CDC Casebook ⬇️ there simply are not any good collections of cases really focused on public health ethics & law/policy (let alone open-source ones, either).…

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I've found it profitable to trade on a distinction between what I've termed "operational" vs. "structural" #PHLaw #PublicHealthLaw

One task public health lawyers can perform is helping public health officials understand the full scope of their legal authority.

This task is critically important to functional public health governance, esp. b/c the scope of this authority has changed rather dramatically in the US since the Palpatine began.

We might term this work "operational public health law," since it is focused on operative provisions of public health law that govern the scope of (at least) state action. It can illuminate what interventions public health officials can "operationalize."

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I am Rafee. An indigenous activist and herbalist.
My mission is reconnecting the indigenous American, falsely classified as black, back to land history and culture through the use of indigenous remedies. #FBA #ADOS #SaveMasonTN #SecureTheTribe order here👉🏾
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Just a friendly reminder @moderna_tx told the @SECGov that the @US_FDA defines #mRNA as gene therapy. And called it an unprecedented new category of #medicines tho they really want that #vaccine classification anyways for liability protections & fear the public wouldn’t take it.
They know the #COVID19 #vaccine isn’t a vaccine but human #gene #therapy.
The @US_FDA #fda reaffirmed their definition of modified viral #nucleic acid that alters #CELL Jan 30th 2020 #COVID ImageImageImageImage
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#ThisIsItaly Unvaccinated/Non-Recovered children from the age of 12 are banned from their sport’s teams,from taking any form of public transport including the school bus. From eating indoors, going to cinemas, swimming pools,museums & partaking in any form of normal social life.
As of 20.01.22 Anyone over 12 needs to pay €8(12-18)/€15(over18) for a government approved antigen test in a pharmacy in order to get their hair cut or frequent a beautician’s. A pcr costs minimum €60- & gives you a pass for 72h, an antigen test buys you ‘freedom’ for 48h.
#ThisIsItaly All unvaccinated/Non-Recovered workers under 50 must buy their right to work by either presenting an antigen test every 48h or a pcr every 72h. There is now obligatory vaccination for all people over 50.All health workers, police forces & teachers must be vaccinated.
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If you are interested in #genomeediting, #biotech, #bioethics and society, check out the lineup for the #4S2021 panel series, co-organized with @biotechgeog 🧬Emergent Orders in the Governance, Institutions and Knowledge Economies of Genome-Editing Technologies🔬 @4sWeb
🧫 🧪 First is our panel on the social, regulatory and ideological dimensions of biotechnology. With talks from @gaby_arguedas, Koen Beumer, @zarate_vasquez, @larryau, @meg_mukherjee, and @KonradPosch #STS #STSFutures Image
🔬🌾Then we'll be learning about the politics and use of genetic engineering tech in #environment and agriculture. With @barnhilldilling, Adam Kokotovich and Dalton George from @GESCenterNCSU, Shashank Shekhar Tiwari and @kalina_kamenova from @Genomics4S, and @christianhross ImageImage
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The Disregard of #InformedConsent and Echoes of Nuremberg Part 2 - “The Great Pivot” - Jab hesitancy is informed, literate, and sophisticated, but government agencies, officials, and politicos pushed false narratives - by @TraderStef 4 #CrushTheStreet #ADE… Image
I am moving "The Great Pivot & Echoes of Nuremberg Part 2" #InformedConsent2 (the thread from @RWMaloneMD's gracious RT ) to my acct original here. Replies were breaking apart/not keeping continuity under his RT. Chronology is now intact. Apology for move. Image
Here is a link to PART 1 of “The Disregard of Informed Consent & Echoes of Nuremberg” (is hash tagged as #InformedConsent). That thread's continuity is intact and extensive, from March 31 to Aug 3.
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Speaking as someone who studies anxieties about malingering and their connections to health, disability, & social policy, the framing of this NYT article is enormously problematic.


The Man Who Filed More Than 180 Disability Lawsuits…
The article is well-written, but it leaves out an enormous amount of context. Most importantly, ADA and disability law violations are de rigeur. They are common, frequent, every day occurrences. Ask people w/ mobility impairments how airlines handle their wheelchairs.

Ask hearing-impaired or Deaf people about the availability of SL-fluent interpreters in public accommodations. And on and on and on. It's endless.

As w/ most forms of civil rights and antidiscrimination laws in the US, the rules are observed in the breach.

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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 06/20/2021…
CDC: Delta variant now 10% of US COVID-19 cases…

#COVID19 #variants #delta #InfectionRate
Inflation in stagflation and inflation in deflation. Same term and two different meanings.…

#stagflation #inflation #deflation #definitions
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On the #COVID19 pandemic implications of Israel's bombing of Gaza: where are fellow scholars in #bioethics, #PublicHealthEthics, #PandemicHealth and #GlobalHealth raising the alarm about this urgent health issue? 1/10
In February, Doctors Without Borders @MSF stated: "you are over 60 times more likely to have a vaccination in Israel than in Palestine. Israel has a responsibility as an occupying power to ensure the medical supplies of the occupied people"… 2/10
In March, Doctors Without Borders @MSF urged: "Palestine, where just two per cent of people have been vaccinated, urgently needs COVID-19 vaccines to protect frontline staff and vulnerable people."… 3/10
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VERY excited to roll out first #KavliConvo of 2021, on #journalism and the #bioethics of fertility #biotechnology with @antonioregalado @katherineefoley & Dr. Norbert Gleicher. JOIN US next Thursday at 6:30 EST, you do need to register at… @nyu_journalism
@antonioregalado @katherineefoley @nyu_journalism We've also scheduled a very timely #KavliConvo for journalists and others who travel the murky borderlands where science meets government. JOIN US March 4 with three expert guides: @davelevitan @rebleber and @sudipsparikh. Pre-register at @nyu_journalism
@antonioregalado @katherineefoley @nyu_journalism @davelevitan @rebleber @sudipsparikh Then on March 24 three women who between them have authored more than 200 science-themed books for young people will offer advice for a challenging field. JOIN US March 24, pre-register at Featuring @mstewartscience, @LoreeGBurns & @LitaJudge. #kidsbooks
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This is the #DemPartyPlatform for 2020. This part is called: 🇺🇸 Mobilizing the World to Address Transnational Challenges: Technology
🇺🇸Only one party will ensure equitable access to medical treatments and vaccines generated by new biotech discoveries 1/9
#Democrats recognize that the security of data is only becoming more vital across all threads of technological progress. 2/9 #DemPartyPlatform #CyberSecurity
That’s why #Democrats will work with our allies and partners to develop secure 5G networks and address threats in cyberspace. 3/9 #DemPartyPlatform #5G #CyberSecurity
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The government has announced an intent to go ahead with vaccination as of 16th Jan 2021 with both Covishield and Covaxin. There is going to be no choice. You will only be able to receive one of the two, whatever is allotted to you by the govt.
While you have an option of opt-out, it will put potential vaccinees in a tough situation. You have to decide for yourselves based on publicly available (or the lack fo it) information-- on safety, immunogenicity, and efficacy on both vaccines.
If you are allotted Covishield, you will follow the current protocol as described and practiced in the dry runs. Image
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Here's a neatly threaded "oh fuck no" of my response to the @nymag's cover story of irresponsibility, asking "but what if" nCov2019 really was a lab escape.

Protip, @nymag: leave What If to Marvel. #bioethics #gof #durc #biosecurity #biosafety #COVID19…
Seems @nymag wanted to get “most irresponsible article of 2021” locked up early. Tho is beyond irresponsible; it’s an admitted flight of fancy ignoring the work of multiple scientists carefully explaining, repeatedly, as to why #covid19 is not a lab escape. #durc #gof #biorisk
The odds, as #durc and #gof expert @neva9257 has repeatedly explained, are pretty good, given that China is where most of the the bats natively live. “Oh no, what are the chances of bat diseases originating in places with bats?!” 🙄🙄🙄
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“Why did so many physicians become Nazis?” – this new essay bears on us, the non-Nazi doctors. In short, “science” can be invoked by immoral agents, & science language can seduce us into societal plans that override our duties to individuals @tabletmag /1…
Germany was extreme, of course.

Over 50% of doctors joined the Nazi party. There, Jews, gays & disabled persons were designated a disease on the German “body”. Ridding Germany of them was seen as good science.

We need not project the US will follow that, ever /2
But the US & other nations have not been alien to an immoral use of science-based authority.

Germany’s Laws for the Prevention of Genetically Diseased Offspring were based on American laws, passed earlier. We should all know about Tuskegee
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Just out & open access, my new paper “Self-Defeating Codes of Medical Ethics and How to Fix Them: Failures in COVID-19 Response and Beyond.” From @bioethics_net #medicalEthics #bioethics #MedTwitter #epitwitter #researchEthics… Image
Chuffed to have comments from @johnlantos @riekevdgraaf Wouter van Dijk, Sara J. M. Laurijssen, Ewoud Schuit, Diederick E. Grobbe & Martine C. de Vries, Carla Saenz,
@mmcdadden @wrwveit Rebecca Brown @briandavidearp Hugh Desmond, Jerry Menikoff, Sabine Salloch, Ryan Essex
Should be @MMccradden ☝️
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Thread on interconnected #bioethics problems in #COVID19 vaccine allocation: (1) the Stanford med center allocation debacle, (2) Rupert Murdoch, and (3) high-profile calls for age-only (“oldest first”) allocation policies. If you like (3), unfortunately you get (1) and (2). 1/7
People are right to be upset w/Stanford: see @CarolineYLChen excellent piece . But it’s not “algorithms”, it’s inputs. If your inputs are too simplistic (age-only, ignore exposure or medical risk), you get bad outcomes, e.g. no residents, senior WFH 1st 2/7
Same w/ Murdoch: . People are right to be upset. But age-only priority like the UK (start w/85+ or 90+), ends up prioritizing Murdoch over a 60 yo bus driver. Who lives to 90? We know the answer: more often, wealthier people. Need to consider other risk 3/7
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