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Convalescent plasma: another controversial clash of politics & science

You’d need a pretty big, stiff broom to sweep away all of the hype dished out by the Trump Administration as it announced an Emergency Use Authorization for convalescent plasma – the liquid component of blood that may be tapped for disease-fighting antibodies from people who’ve been infected with COVID-19. Before the announcement was even… Read More »

Quality measures have gotten ahead of the science of quality measurement

Peter Ubel, MD | Policy | August 15, 2020 Physician reimbursement increasingly depends upon measures of health care quality. Physicians who fall short on quality measures now face financial penalties. But it might be quality measures, themselves, that are falling short, according to a study conducted by the American College of Physicians. The study involved… Read More »

Behavioural science advisers express concern over Cummings crisis

By Penny Sarchet Dominic Cummings leaves 10 Downing Street on 24 MayChris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images Members of a government behavioural science advisory group have expressed concern that the revelations that Dominic Cummings appears to have broken the UK’s coronavirus restrictions and the government’s subsequent handling of the crisis has undermined the government’s authority and could… Read More »

UK’s coronavirus science advice won’t be published until pandemic ends

By David Adam Patrick Vallance (centre) is the UK’s chief scientific adviserIan Davidson/Alamy Live News Key scientific data and advice the UK government is using to guide its covid-19 response won’t be published until the pandemic ends. Documents used to make decisions and the minutes of meetings of the Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (SAGE)… Read More »