The Daily Dose: Doctors speak out about the dangers of police brutality

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Doctors have spoken out about police brutality and have connected the dots for critics who argue violence and medicine have nothing to do with one another. It’s a welcome statement. “Some may argue that victims of police brutality do not intersect with the medical system in the same ways that victims of gun violence do. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. A growing body of evidence demonstrates significant associations between police violence and poor health outcomes in Black people. Relative to white people, Black individuals are five times more likely to sustain injuries after police “interventions.” Simply being exposed to videos depicting traumatic killings of unarmed individuals has been associated with depression and PTSD symptoms in Black adolescents.”

Two highly influential scientific journals retracted studies about hydroxychloroquine. The data cited in the papers has been questioned. As per STAT, “The Lancet, one of the world’s top medical journals, on Thursday retracted an influential study that raised alarms about the safety of the experimental Covid-19 treatments chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine amid scrutiny of the data underlying the paper… Just over an hour later, the New England Journal of Medicine retracted a separate study, focused on blood pressure medications in Covid-19, that relied on data from the same company.”

After weeks of improvement, England appears to have taken a slight step backward in its COVID-19 infection rates. As per the Guardian, “The R value in England has risen to between 0.7 and 1, according to the government’s latest official estimates, with some regions now at risk of seeing a rise in the number of infections… The latest data suggests the north-west is an area of concern and some local authorities may have R values – the rate of transmission – above 1, at which point the epidemic will begin to grow in these communities.” With countries around the world beginning to loosen restrictions, expect to see similar trends in the near future.

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