Archives for January, 2006

Bill Gates does it again

This time giving $900 million to fight tuberculosis. Microsoft Corp.’s founder Bill Gates pledged $900 million to fight tuberculosis on Friday, kick-starting a $31 billion funding drive against a disease which kills one person every 15 seconds. Tuberculosis has reached alarming proportions in Africa and other poor countries, where co-infection with HIV/AIDS makes a deadly…

Well, ain’t this clever…

This has already been written up by the MSM (such as this article), so I’ll just quote a bit from them: Circulation of money may predict pandemics A popular U.S. Web site that tracks the geographical circulation of money could offer new insights into predicting the spread of infectious diseases like bird flu. Money, like…

Okay, normally I would write this story (Christian Scientists Prepare to Battle Bird Flu With Prayer) off as just some wacky religious folks going about their business. Not my cup o’ tea, but to each their own, I guess. But this part is chilling: Then there is the question of what Christian Scientists would do…

(Subtitle: There is no spoon…) Oh, those crazy Aussies. What will they think of next? The case of the disappearing teaspoons: longitudinal cohort study of the displacement of teaspoons in an Australian research institute Objectives To determine the overall rate of loss of workplace teaspoons and whether attrition and displacement are correlated with the relative…

Preparedness for kids

Well, at least there seems to be some progress in terrorism preparedness plans. Apparently, the Department of Homeland Security has a program ready to prepare children for disasters. After more than a year of delays, the Department of Homeland Security says it plans to launch a preparedness program next month aimed at alerting and preparing…

More on melatonin

I wrote about a recent study investigating a possible connection between melatonin and the development of breast cancer here last week. coturnix–who knows this field much, much better than I–has more discussion on serotonin, melatonin, and their role in health and disease over here at Circadiana. It’s a field he actually knows about and there…

Pandemic Influenza Series

Day 1: History of Pandemic Influenza. Day 2: Our adventures with avian flu. Day 3: Challenges to pandemic preparedness Day 4: 1918 influenza virus reconstructed Day 5: How ready are we, and what can YOU do? Many more influenza posts can be found at this link.

Sometimes, I love being wrong

It seems I may have spoken too soon. Quoting myself: One historical event that has been the subject of much speculation over the decades has been the Plague of Athens, a mysterious outbreak that is thought to have changed the direction of the Peloponnesian War, and for which the cause still remains uncertain. This plague…

Blog tag re: avian flu policymaking

So, like Kevin over at No Se Nada, this started out as a comment on his avian flu policymaking post but got rather wordy, so I’m spinning it off over here. For those keeping track, the initial volley was this post, but previous discussion was had over here as well (and this post discussed some…

Grand Rounds 2.18 is up

This week’s Grand Rounds is up over at Kevin, M.D. I forgot to submit a post, but this week’s edition is certainly not suffering from my absence. Check out this week’s collection of the best posts in the medical blogosphere.