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Slowing to listen at the end of life

Reading Time: 12 minutes Marcia sat up on the side of the bed, a hand on each knee, and braced herself as she leaned forward to open the space in her chest for more air. At 52, she was dying of ovarian cancer that had spread to her liver. The critical organ had failed, causing excess fluid to gather […]

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The ethical problem with denying diabetics no-prick glucose monitors

Reading Time: 5 minutes In the past few years, science has produced a few truly wonderful devices capable of monitoring diabetics’ blood-sugar levels 24/7 in real-time, with the power to help the afflicted self-manage very protective eating strategies. Unfortunately, even though I’m diabetic, I simply can’t afford all but one of these devices even if my doctor were willing […]

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Why is US healthcare so expensive?

Reading Time: < 1 minute It’s common knowledge that the US healthcare system is deeply broken. But this explainer video by Vox drills down on the details in one painful area: the outrageous difference in cost compared not only to other countries, but to other regions of the US—and even different providers in the same hospital.

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Survey shows that US atheists are overwhelmingly pro-vax

Reading Time: 3 minutes Shortly before Darwin Day 2021 (February 12) the Freedom From Religion Foundation and its Chicago chapter unveiled the striking billboard above in Chicago. At the time FFRF Co-President Dan Barker said that that science works and must be trusted during pandemics such as Covid. He added: It was a natural selection given the continuing pushback […]