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AMA Slides Into Irrelevancy

When I first heard about the American Medical Association (AMA) opposing Obama’s health care reform, I was troubled.  I almost wrote a post about it, but by the time I got home, I found that others had beaten me to it.  Revere, for example, appears to have written before work, posting at 6:46AM.  That’s dedication.…

Latest Hedge Fund Strategy

Market Folly writes of a new hedge fund strategy, and asks if there are any more ideas like this: We came across this interesting piece in Dealbook the other day and thought it was very intriguing. Simply put: hedge funds are now investing in lawsuits. The premise is pretty simple: they invest in one side…

Bad Science at the Pentagon

Traumatic Brain Injury has been called the “signature injury” of the Iraq War, due to the reported high prevalence of the injury there.  This is in contrast to previous wars.  It’s not that head injury is necessarily more common; what is more common is for soldiers to sustain such injuries and survive.  The Pentagon has…

A post at Energy Bulletin recaps a recent presentation at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The post is U.S. public health community begins discussing peak oil. The presentation was: Peak Oil: Implications for Disaster Preparedness & Response (the link goes to…

Not sure what to make of this, as the prediction appears to be based entirely upon the intuition of an experienced pediatric infectious disease specialist. It is reported on Medscape (open access, free registration required). PAS 2009: H1N1 Flu Predicted to Wane and Reemerge in Fall Martha Kerr May 4, 2009 (Baltimore, Maryland) — Pediatric…

Free Influenza Medical Text

Just to let everyone know, if they don’t already: freebooks4doctors has a downloadable text, Influenza Report 2006. It is a 225-page, 2.7 MB PDF. Being from 2006, it does not specifically cover the current situation. Rather, it focuses a bit on avian influenza. Still, it is a reasonably good source of information. If you want,…

Pandemic Alert Levels Explained

I had to look this up, so to save others the trouble of finding it, here is the WHO explanation of pandemic alert levels: In nature, influenza viruses circulate continuously among animals, especially birds. Even though such viruses might theoretically develop into pandemic viruses, in Phase 1 no viruses circulating among animals have been reported…

The New England Journal of Medicine has four open-access articles of the topic of electronic medical records (EMR).  One article reports on a survey of the characteristics of EMR in use, and the extent to which they have been adopted within US hospitals.  The second discussed the barriers to the more widespread adoption of EMR. …

I saw this article in a couple of places before it dawned on me what the implication is: Drinkers’ Red Face May Signal Cancer Risk By NICHOLAS BAKALAR Published: March 20, 2009 People whose faces turn red when they drink alcohol may be facing more than embarrassment. The flushing may indicate an increased risk for…

Effect of Modafinil on Dopamine

Today’s edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association contains a study that employed PET scans to determine the effect of modafinil upon dopamine concentration and reuptake in the human central nervous system.  They conclude with a caution that clinicians should be mindful of the potential for abuse and dependence in persons taking modafinil.…