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How many Americans have been tested for Covid-19? For some strange reason, nobody knows.

Alexis Madrigal wrote yesterday that, The Official Coronavirus Numbers Are Wrong, and Everyone Knows It: In total, fewer than 500 people have been tested across the country (although the CDC has stopped reporting that number in its summary of the

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America’s CDC is being willfully ignorant about coronavirus spread.

Updated 2/28/20 Officially we only have 60 cases of covid-19 in the USA, but as of Wednesday, February 26, we have only looked for the virus in a total of a mere 445 Americans out of our population of 330

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The addictive dangers of modernity

For all the millennia of history before modern times, humans had very few options for entertainment and recreation. Food was bland, drugs were scarce, more time was spent making music than listening to it, and most social interaction was done

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Why is health care so expensive in the United States

The International Federation of Health Plans publishes an international cost comparison of common medical services and its most recent compilation looked at prices in 2017. The result answers the question asked by the NYT: Why does health care cost so

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The occupation that tops them all

Claire Cain Miller at the New York Times gets the key issue with the gender pay gap: Flexible, predictable hours are the key — across occupations — to shrinking gender gaps, according to the body of research by Claudia Goldin, an economist at

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Another ineffective health care treatment Americans waste money on

Gabrielle Glasier writes in The Atlantic about the problems of alcohol abuse and how it is treated in America. The United States already spends about $35 billion a year on alcohol- and substance-abuse treatment, yet heavy drinking causes 88,000 deaths

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Dismal state of dentistry

Julie Beck wrote that In America, we treat the mouth separately from the rest of the body, a bizarre situation that Mary Otto explores in her new book, Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in

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