Sean Philpott

Commentary & Opinion
11:12 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Sean Philpott: Sequester This

As many of us expected, our leaders in Washington were unable to overcome their ideological differences long enough to actually do something about the looming and manufactured deadline for federal budget cuts known as the 'sequester'.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:35 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Sean Philpott: Stonewalling on Health Care

While being sworn in for a second term earlier this week, Barack Obama made history by being the first president to refer to the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community in an inaugural speech. In what that some pundits are calling ‘Lincoln’s third inaugural address,’ the President laid out a civil rights agenda that placed the fight over gay rights on equal footing as battles against racial, ethnic, religious and gender discrimination.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:53 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Sean Philpott: Annus Horribilis

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Sean Philpott - Annus Horribilis

In Great Britain, where much of my family is from and still lives, there is an annual tradition known as the Royal Christmas Message. Begun in 1932 by then King George V as a radio broadcast, the tradition has evolved into an annual event in which the sovereign head of the British Empire delivers a speech on that year's events, as well as personal and national triumphs and tragedies.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:04 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Sean Philpott: An End to AIDS?

Just in time for World AIDS Day -- held every year on December 1st to remember the nearly 30 million people who have died since the epidemic began in the late 1970s -- the US Preventative Services Task Force has released new guidance on routine HIV testing. This is first time since 2005 that the Task Force has updated its HIV testing recommendations.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:30 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Sean Philpott: Meet the New Boss. Same as the Old Boss ... Or is He?

Most pundits have been describing last week's elections as a victory for the status quo, with President Obama being reelected and Democrats retaining control of the Senate despite the timid economic recovery and despite SuperPACs spending nearly a billion dollars on largely negative campaign ads. From a health and science policy perspective, however, nothing could be further from the truth.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:25 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Sean Philpott: Now Entering the Health Care Spin Zone

Last Tuesday night was the second of three scheduled presidential debates, with President Obama and Governor Romney going toe-to-toe before a public audience at Hofstra University.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:34 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Sean Philpott: Opposing the Zadroga Act

Last week marked the 11th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. That solemn occasion was marked by carefully scripted shows of bipartisan unity, with Republican and Democratic lawmakers honoring those who made great sacrifices on that day and in the years since, including the victims of 9/11, those who responded to the attacks, and soldiers and veterans of the subsequent war on terror.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:21 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Sean Philpott: The Silent War on Abortion

Over the past two weeks, the attention of the American public has been held captive by the political circuses known as the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.  They couldn’t have been more different.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:23 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Sean Philpott: Routine Screening for HIV: A Tasking Challenge

Rumor has it that, sometime in the next few weeks, the US Preventative Services Task Force is expected to release a report recommending that HIV testing become a routine part of medical care. For a sexually active adult this means that anytime you go for a check up your doctor would be expected to screen you for the virus that causes AIDS.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:40 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Sean Philpott - Keep Calm, and Watch Some Field Hockey

Like most people, these last two weeks I have been captivated by the spectacle that is the Olympic Games. In a summer that has been defined by such tragedies as mass shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin and an increasingly violent civil war in Syria, watching Olympic athletes vie for medals in largely peaceful competition offers some much-needed respite.

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