Charles Horton, M.D.

Charles Horton is a graduate of the WJI mid-career course and is WORLD’s medical correspondent

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Coronavirus questions and answers

Health | WORLD’s medical correspondent fields inquiries from listeners and readers
by Mary Reichard & Charles Horton, M.D.
Posted 4/24/20, 03:46 pm

For a special episode of The World and Everything in It, WORLD medical correspondent Dr. Charles Horton answered questions from WORLD readers and listeners about the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s the conversation he had with host Mary Reichard, along with those questions and answers.

Regular readers will recognize your name. But tell us where you’re from and what life is like for you right now. 

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The vaccine waiting game

Medicine | Research teams may hype coronavirus vaccine candidates, but rigorous testing will determine who succeeds—and when
by Charles Horton, M.D.
Posted 4/14/20, 10:21 am

Recently, the once-staid world of vaccine research has come to resemble a late-night TV huckster’s dream. From trusted medical organizations to biotech startups, various research teams are all but promising a vaccine against the novel coronavirus in the near future.

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Physicians with prescriptions

Medicine | As demand surges for drugs that could fight the coronavirus, some doctors are purchasing them—for themselves. Is that ethical?
by Charles Horton, M.D.
Posted 3/28/20, 02:38 pm

When vital medications are scarce, should doctors and medical workers get first dibs? A recent New York Times article highlighted state efforts to conserve the supply of drugs that could prove effective against the novel coronavirus—mainly hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug I wrote about last week.

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