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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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Heads up to followers on twitter, will be virtually attending the #ESASRBANZBMS conference this week (21-24th Nov) so expect a bunch of tweets with a particularly heavy science bend. Disclaimer: this is by no means an extensive coverage & usually includes personal reflections. /1
So before continuing, I will try to...
- keep everything here in this thread
- share what I snippets I can
- add a number to keep tweets in some order
- respond where possible (but am also engaging in the conference spaces)
- link to papers when I can /2
Now a bunch of # in case relevant to these folks: #MedTwitter #Science #anzbms #biology #pharmatwitter #ortho #rheum #immunology
#arthritis #pathology #physicaltherapy
#pt #MSKRad #OccupationalTherapy

Anyone is most welcome to add relevant tags :D /3
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Attending the school of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences research retreat #PAMRR2021 @Griffith_Uni

Thankfully it's made accessible via Teams for those of us unable to physically attend.

Might share some little insights from the presentations
Welcomed by the enthusiastic, encouraging, and humble @JennyAKEkberg and reminded to connect our research and funding with community and industry and engage in research cross-pollination. /1
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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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Here's what happens when a disabled man writes about being 18, newly paralyzed, at a rehab facility, in 1978. And he publishes the essay in a national #bioethics journal.
ID: Bill Peace, aka The Bad Cripple, white man in a blue shirt w/ gray beard sits next to my former persona, Tipsy Tullivan, blonde. Mouth covered by headline "A Blowjob from the 1970s & the Censorship of Disabled Writers." Audio and #transcript avail from…
This happened in 2014. What has bioethics, as a field, done since then, to inspire the confidence of us #disabled people? #MedicalTwitter
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#BellLetsTalk day is a good excuse to share some of my favourite #MentalHealth stories from the @globeandmail
(I will start with a recent video and add to this thread throughout the day)

Maintaining our mental health in the midst of a pandemic…
We're all to blame for staying mum on mental illness, by @picardonhealth… via @GlobeDebate #MentalHealth #stigma #BellLetsTalk
Want safer schools? Fund #MentalHealth care and #suicide prevention programs, not metal detectors, by @picardonhealth… (2006) via @GlobeDebate #GunControl #BellLetsTalk
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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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Key point re who is first for a #coronavirus #vaccine 💉


This isn’t really a sequence.


#bioethics #justice #SDOH…
Instead, different organizations will receive vaccines in parallel at roughly the same time. Long term care facilities and hospitals 🏥for instance will get shipments early on and at roughly the same time.
Each of those organizations, in turn, will prioritize vaccine allocation within. Hospitals for instance will prioritize vaccination of patient/public-facing members over other important staff, because they have higher risk of exposure/transmission 🦠
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1/12. Covid-19 @ICMRDELHI responded early with ethical guidance suggesting no compromise on ethics or scientific validity & encourage research. Urged institutions to use innovative tech to support quality research with ethical safeguards @DeptHealthRes…
2/12. @ICMRDELHI ethics initiatives in @WHO @UNESCO #GlobalSummit. National Guidelines for Ethics Committees reviewing #Covid_19 research downloaded >30 countries from @ncdirindia website. Among1st such guidance in world @doctorsoumya @drharshvardhan @ProfBhargava @NITIAayog
3/12. Standard operating procedures (#SOPs) prepared and adopted by #Ethics Committees to facilitate fast track review through digital platforms & virtual quorum. Facilitated emergency unscheduled or full committee or #expedited meetings.
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A little 🧵 on the perils of being an imperfect #ethicist. ⤵️
Being an #ethicist requires a lot of reflection & self policing. Claiming to have authority/ knowledge on ethical reasoning/behavior, means choosing to be held to an extremely ⬆️ standard. Yet, I continue to be a human who makes mistakes & evolves. #UnfortunateReality
The stakes are high in the #bioethics niche. The pressure to be “good” and “right” and “correct” (however those are defined) as an ethicist is something I feel constantly. I spend a lot of brain power reading, reflecting &
revisiting complex moral landscapes.
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Today I read @paulmromer thread - particularly the part about schools (I recommend it!).

And we need to talk about #SchoolReopening, from a scientific perspective.

So here goes, with thanks to @sarita @ambilinski @RobinCogan @abuttenheim & others:
1) First, there is so much we still don't know about the science of #SchoolReopening. So it's tough to say "you will be safe" given that we still aren't sure.

For instance, we aren't sure whether kids spread #COVID19. We THINK they don't spread it:…
.... but this goes against the science of MOST respiratory outbreaks, where kids are MOST likely to spread the virus.... so a lot of us are scratching our heads on this one.

For more details, check out this great piece by @HelenBranswell…
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Last Sunday, I suggested someone should write 'Letters to a Young Bioethicist'. I’m not volunteering but here’s what one letter might look like. No doubt others will have much more exciting stories and insights to share.

#bioethics @IMEPostgrad
Some of the issues that young bioethicists have raised, based on the 'Letter': 1. how to increase the likelihood of getting a bioethics job post-PhD 2. tips on entering the field from 'non-traditional' path 3. importance of contacts with clinicians and how to do it (1/2)
4. how to balance philosophical rigour & practicality 5. dealing with prof. jealousy/hostility 6. promising areas for new bioethicists to study/develop expertise in 7. tips on publishing 8. whether career in bioethics has been worth it. I'm sure there'll be more 😀 (2/2)
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