public health

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    It’s Time to Tailor COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts

    Though many people like to ignore them, public health measures have tradeoffs. In order to create properly balanced public health policy, we must diligently weigh those tradeoffs. That is the message of Dr. Don van der Vaart’s latest piece in the North State Journal. As Dr. van der Vaart writes:…
    Brenee Goforth, May 8, 2020
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    Cato Institute Promotes JLF’s “HeadLocke” Podcast on Overlawyered Website

    This week, the Cato Institute promoted the John Locke Foundation’s “HeadLocke No. 67” on its “Overlawyered” website, which focusses on the high costs of America’s legal system. This episode of the podcast focuses on the public policy response to vaping, as chronicled in Jacob Grier’s latest book, “The Rediscovery…
    Brenee Goforth, October 18, 2019
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    Do soda taxes reduce the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages?

    A study of the implementation of a soda tax on sugar-sweetened beverages sold in Oakland, CA suggests that it didn’t.  Here is the abstract of “Oakland’s Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax: Impacts on Prices, Purchases and Consumption by Adults and Children,” a recent NBER working paper: Several cities in the U.S.
    Terry Stoops, September 9, 2019
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    Are needle exchanges and legal injection sites the right remedy for the opioid crisis?

    The ongoing opioid epidemic has had a profound effect on our country. The healthcare industry is struggling to come up with solutions to best treat people who are addicted. The authorities are wrestling with questions of criminality versus medical illnesses. Communities are getting torn apart because of the…
    Jordan Roberts, November 20, 2018
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    Mental health in America

    Stat News recently ran an interesting article that offers a somber detail of the state of mental health in America. As if the healthcare industry isn’t complex enough — the intersection of mental health and physical health is presenting new issues…
    Jordan Roberts, October 22, 2018