Henry I. Miller M.D.
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High-tech production of organs for transplantation is our future
3D bioprinting and genetic modification of pigs can eliminate waiting lists

September 21, 2021  •  Big Think

Key takeaways:

  • Due to a shortage of hearts, lungs, livers, and kidneys, at least 17 Americans die each day waiting for a transplant.

  • 3D bioprinting of organs and extracting organs from genetically modified pigs are two possible solutions.

  • The U.S. FDA could also help by speeding up the regulatory process, as it did for COVID-19 vaccines.

Modern medicine has produced many kinds of high-tech miracles, among them gene therapy to correct malfunctioning genes, electrical stimulation devices to restore significant function after traumatic spinal cord injury, and surgery performed by robots.

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Biden's Drug Price-Control Initiatives: What's Possible
Free-market solutions can lower drug prices

September 21, 2021  •  Issues & Insights

President Joe Biden's recent Executive Order 14036 contains initiatives intended to lower drug prices for patients, create more competition to increase wages for workers, promote innovation, and foster economic growth. As part of it, on Sept. 9 Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra proposed additional legislative and administrative actions.

The drug price-reduction legislative proposals are perennials; their inclusion reflects both their popularity and the difficulty in attaining them.

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Is the New York Times Finally 'Learning To Love GMOs'?
Though recent coverage suggests a welcome turnaround for the Gray Lady, we have a long way to go before science and innovation come first.

September 20, 2021  •  Human Events

Genetically engineered (GE) crops, which have been commercially available for 25 years, have been widely misunderstood and under-appreciated, especially by certain news outlets. Arguably, the worst offender among the mainstream media has been the New York Times, whose manifold shortcomings in reportage and commentaries over many years are described here and here.

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A Medical Degree Isn't a License to Spout Off
Editors of medical journals prescribe economic policies to fight climate change.

September 16, 2021  •  Wall Street Journal

"Doctors Join the Climate Lobby" (Review & Outlook, Sept. 8) rightly takes to task the editorial in more than 200 medical journals about the impending apocalypse of global warming. One criticism you miss, however, is that in their screed there is not a single appearance of the word "nuclear," even though nuclear power is the only realistic long-term means of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.

My diagnosis is that the editors of the medical journals don't know what they don't know, and my prescription is that they should stick to medicine.

Henry I. Miller, M.D.

Redwood City, Calif.

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COVID vaccine and mask guidance confusion?
We should cut the CDC some slack — evolving policies is the norm when dealing with fast-evolving disease crises

September 14, 2021  •  Genetic Literacy Project

There is continuing confusion, and even consternation, over what seem to be disparate policies, recommendations and mandates emerging in response to the Delta-driven surge of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations in much of the country. Masks or no masks? Vaccine mandates versus voluntary vaccination? Proof of vaccination for admission to bars and entertainment venues?

The Zeitgeist is nicely captured by this Saturday Night Live sketch earlier this summer on the CDC's seemingly ever-changing mask policy:

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