Henry I. Miller M.D.
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"Statistical Murder"?
By depriving communities of wealth, ill-conceived climate-change proposals will lead to worse health outcomes.

December 1, 2022  •  City Journal

It's often said that members of Generation Z are clueless, and the signs that these young people held at the November COP27 conference are evidence of that proposition. They fail to see the big picture. Let's accept, for the moment, the premise of their advocacy: that human activities produce greenhouse gases (GHGs) such as carbon dioxide, which give rise to atmospheric warming, and thus to some degree of disruption and damage. Even so, as these health-care professionals should know, any cure should not be worse than the disease—but that's precisely what we see in many proposed remedies for climate change.

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'IED' Explodes On MIT's Campus
Woke policies are degrading MIT's reputation and the quality of its education

November 17, 2022  •  Issues & Insights

Diversity, equity, and inclusion, or DEI, seems to be everywhere these days, from the White House to the boards of directors at Fortune 500 companies and to admissions and hiring policies at universities. We prefer to reverse the acronym, because IED – as in improvised explosive device – seems more apt, given the IED explosion in creating administrative bloat, invasive control of speech, and what used to be called "affirmative action."

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Are Americans too complacent about a winter surge of COVID infections — and deaths?
The after-effects of infections are a pernicious, long-term problem.

November 15, 2022  •  Genetic Literacy Project

To the old saying about the inevitability of death and taxes, we should add another: another health crisis linked to COVID-19. As of the end of October, the CDC's official tally of U.S. COVID infections was just under 100 million, but with many positive home test results unreported, the real number is estimated to be several times greater.

Infections, while unfortunate and sometimes deadly, do provide immunity to survivors, but only for a limited time. Natural post-infection and vaccine-induced immunity wane over a period of months, so that a large fraction of the U.S. population remains potentially susceptible to infection.

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The ABC's Of G-R-E-E-N
We need to end the counterproductive virtue-signaling that encourages ignorant preconceptions, and the wasteful spending that costs American society dearly.

November 14, 2022  •  Issues & Insights

The 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27) is currently underway in Egypt. With American visionaries such as Nancy Pelosi, Al Gore, and John Kerry featured speakers, how could anything go wrong?

Once again, it is frustrating to hear politicians and activists advocating astoundingly wasteful, mostly ineffective, and sometimes destructive "green" policies and programs. Thereby, we lose the opportunity to fund initiatives that could make a difference, as resources are squandered on you-can't-get-there-from-here virtue-signaling.

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Human insulin saga: Anomalous, successful 40-year history of the first genetically-modified medicine underscores how regulators can scuttle innovation
Regulators' first responsibility is to citizens, not to their own self-interest

October 27, 2022  •  Genetic Literacy Project

October 29th marks the 40th anniversary of one of biotechnology's most significant milestones — the approval by the FDA of human insulin synthesized in genetically engineered bacteria to treat diabetes. The first "biopharmaceutical," or drug made with molecular genetic engineering techniques, to be approved, it launched a revolutionary era in drug development.

Insulin is secreted in the pancreas and is essential to the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats. Insulin deficiency leads to the development of diabetes. Many diabetics require regular injections of insulin to maintain life and health.

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