Henry I. Miller M.D.
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We Urgently Need More Organs For Transplantation
Science and policy can come to the rescue

May 14, 2024  •  American Council on Science & Health

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, surgery performed using robots, and a wearable, postage-stamp-size ultrasound patch that can take real-time images of the heart and monitor its performance.

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California Legislators Misunderstand Basic Economics. Taxpayers Will Pay the Price.
Instead of punishing U.S. oil producers, policymakers should seek solutions to climate change that don't sacrifice U.S. economic growth and prosperity

May 13, 2024  •  Orange County Register

California's "Polluters Pay Climate Cost Recovery Act of 2024," also known as Senate Bill 1497, would supposedly hold fossil fuel polluters accountable for the climate damages caused by their products. However, upon closer examination, it becomes evident that this legislation is riddled with theoretical flaws and practical concerns that could have significant financial – and therefore, quality of life – repercussions for Californians.

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Banning Safe Pesticides Is Bad Policy and Harmful to Farmers
A ban of neonicotinoids would seriously harm Vermont by eliminating one of its agriculture industry's most important tools

May 9, 2024  •  Washington Examiner

Less than six months after New York surrendered to activists and banned a class of insecticides with a long track record of safe, effective use, Vermont now faces a similar decision. Gov. Phil Scott has an opportunity to veto the legislation rather than follow New York's ill-advised example.

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X, Y, Sex and Gender: When Genetics Pulls a Fast One
Some genetic anomalies add a new wrinkle to the current confusion about appropriate pronouns

May 8, 2024  •  Genetic Literacy Project

The spectrum of information that can be obtained by prenatal testing is wide and rapidly increasing. Many mutations, or "abnormalities," are inconsequential, while others are significant.

I became interested in anomalies of the human sex chromosomes, X and Y, as a medical student. I had a patient with a rare genetic condition that gave rise to a syndrome once referred to as male pseudo hermaphroditism and now called "androgen insensitivity syndrome" (AIS) or "testicular feminization." This intersex condition is caused by either of two types of mutation on the X chromosome. (Recall that females are generally XX, while males are XY.)

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In the Escalating Arms Race Between Viruses and Humans, New COVID Vaccines Are Critical
To be prepared, we will need improved vaccines, including "universal" ones that will provide immunity against new variants

May 7, 2024  •  American Council on Science & Health

The arrival of the next pandemic is a matter of when, not if.

"COVID-19 was the third major and serious coronavirus epidemic or pandemic following SARS in 2002 and MERS in 2012," said researcher Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of Baylor College's National School of Tropical Medicine and co-director of the Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development. "We should anticipate a fourth coronavirus outbreak within the next decade or so."

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