California lawmakers end session with COVID-19 bills – Los Angeles Times

    California lawmakers on Monday wrapped up a legislative session largely defined by the pandemic as they approved new COVID-19 sick leave for food workers, added sweeping labor protections for laid-off hotel staff and made it easier for essential employees to file for workers’ compensation.   With approval in the Senate and Assembly ahead …

California Aims To Flex Market Power On Prescription Drugs – CBS Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Monday moved to use the most populous state’s market power to lower the cost and increase the availability of prescription drugs for its nearly 40 million residents, with supporters citing the coronavirus pandemic as proof that more is needed to reduce shortages in drugs and other medical supplies. …

Brian Deer on CNN, responds to Andrew Wakefield’s wild charges | LBRB | Circa January 6, 2011

Brian Deer is the investigative reporter who broke the story of the research fraud that Andrew Wakefield conducted in his autism/MMR studies. Andrew Wakefield made some serious charges against Mr. Deer yesterday, claiming ” He is a hit man. He’s been brought in to take me down because they are very, very concerned about the …

Fact checking Brian Deer on Andrew Wakefield | LBRB | Circa January 11, 2011

As Kev recently wrote here on LeftBrainRightBrain, the main defense of Andrew Wakefield is not a defense at all, but an attack on Brian Deer. Rather than look at the facts laid out in the BMJ article, people are claiming that Andrew Wakefield couldn’t possibly have “fixed” the data (lead authors can and have do this, see …