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It was the second-most-blogged article on the NYT when I got up this morning; now, it is the first-most-blogged.  It is the article that reports on a survey that shows 72% support for a government-run health insurance program.  The program would be similar to Medicare, but would be available to persons under 65 and not…

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…

This is a continuation from last time.  Sort of.  Last time I wrote about some things from a recent program at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  I took the material from one of the many presentations.  since then, I have looked…

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…

Google Map of H1N1 Swine Flu

Just a few quick interesting links: Google Map of H1N1 Swine Flu Cases (HT: Clinical Cases and Images – Blog) Google Flu Trends We’ve found that certain search terms are good indicators of flu activity. Google Flu Trends uses aggregated Google search data to estimate flu activity in your state up to two weeks faster…

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…

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…

Good News About Lead Poisoning?

At first I was happy to see some good news on the Internet, a refreshing break from the avalanche of bad stuff rolling down every peak.  Fewer children have high lead levels Associated Press / March 2, 2009 CHICAGO – In a stunning improvement in children’s health, far fewer children have high lead levels than…