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Five things that didn’t totally suck in 2020

During a New Year’s Eve gathering last year, my friends and I merrily shredded a 2019 calendar and said good riddance. We had every...

If I have allergies, should I get the coronavirus vaccine? An...

Editor’s Note: Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a public health pediatrician whose research exposed the Flint, Michigan, water crisis, answers questions about the vaccine and allergies,...

The psychology of fairness: Why some Americans don’t believe the election...

The electoral votes have confirmed Joe Biden won the 2020 United States presidential election. The presidential electors gave Biden 306 electoral votes to President...

How holiday cards help us cope with a not-so-merry year

The first Christmas card was, perhaps predictably, one of good cheer. The concept is commonly credited to Sir Henry Cole, the founder of the...

Making a better world, one person at a time

This season reminds us of all that is possible, of the importance of concern and compassion for others. But even a message so sound, so...

Locking out the public will not lead to healthy decisions on...

I wrote two weeks ago that the COVID-19 vaccination process “is too important for mere lip service in favor of the public’s right to...

Why hypocrisy is no match for partisanship

Donald Trump has spent a lot of time on golf courses during his presidency. That may come across as hypocritical if many of us consider...

Why Facebook antitrust case relies so heavily on Mark Zuckerberg’s emails

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s own words play a starring role in the government’s case to break up his social network. “It is better to buy...

International Statistic of the Year: Race for a COVID-19 vaccine

Scientists in China published the complete genetic sequence of SARS-CoV-2 on Jan. 10, 2020. On Dec. 8, 2020, health officials in London began administering...

Iowa needs to tackle the workforce crisis in long-term care settings

It’s no secret that older Iowans in nursing homes have been hit disproportionately hard by COVID-19. As of Dec. 15, 141 Iowa nursing homes were...
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