Policy and Ethics

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), was recently interviewed by Bret Baier of Fox News about the worrying spread of Zika in Florida. (The video is embedded at the bottom of this post.)

He made an excellent point about public health policy that is very much worth highlighting.

Mr. Baier asked (starting at the 1:59 mark) what Dr. Fauci thought about research in mice that suggested Zika may adversely affect adult brains. He responded:

"I think we should be careful about making the connection between that study in a mouse model and anything that we're seeing with the adults, in which we have thousands and thousands of cases of human adults who are infected with no apparent deleterious...

Marijuana is the only major drug of abuse grown within the U.S. borders and for that reason the US Drug Enforcement Agency, which has a nationwide law enforcement program that targets drug trafficking organizations involved in cannabis cultivation, was unlikely to change its mind on reclassifying marijuana as "medical" just because some states did.

And they didn't.

In truth, there is no drug that helps the variety of issues (everything from glaucoma to epilepsy) marijuana proponents claim it does. It is anecdotal evidence and the placebo effect and, in a lot of cases, people getting a card for "pain" just so they can legally smoke it. DEA affirms that marijuana has "no...

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While the ongoing issue for many world-class athletes -- specifically, whether to participate in the upcoming Olympics -- comes into sharper focus, we keep hearing more from those who are unsettled by the idea of heading into Brazil's Zika virus hot zone.

Considering what's still unknown about Zika, a virus that can arise from the bite of an infected mosquito, or by being sexually transmitted, and the recent disclosure by a Major League Baseball pitcher that he's contracted it...

Screen Shot 2014-03-17 at 3.11.19 PMA survey by the Pew Research Center, in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), asked members of the public, on the one hand, and scientists associated with AAAS on the other, about a range of scientific and health issues often in the news.

While finding that the public and professional scientists agree about the general importance of scientific research, they diverged...