Effect Measure

Archives for August, 2006

It’s all right ma, I’m only bombing

No young man likes to be embarrassed in front of his mother, especially in the delicate matter of sex. But this story is beyond belief: Madin Azad Amin was stopped by officials on Aug. 16 after guards found an object in his baggage that resembled a grenade, prosecutors said. When officers asked him to identify…

Transfusions and desperation

An article in the current issue of Annals of Internal Medicine again raises the issue of passive immunization to treat H5N1 using plasma from recovered cases (Eurealert). The idea is that antibodies against H5N1 in the convalescent blood of a recovered case would be therapeutically effective. This is an old idea and was tried in…

Are you Ready or are you ReallyReady?

Katrina. One year later. Heck of a job, FEMA, Bush, Brownie, Chertoff and all of the Department of Homeland Security gang of fuck-ups and their bosses. Some people think that Joe Lieberman’s idea to put FEMA in DHS was a bad idea. But DHS is the right place for FEMA. Incompetent, screw-up agencies should always…

I have a lot of tolerance for eccentricity as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone. I’m a western physician who believes strongly in modern medical science, but I’m not as rabid and offended by alternative medicine as many of my colleagues. As long as it doesn’t hurt anyone. Which unfortunately it frequently does. Take homeopathy.

Tamiflu, pregnancy and public health

Here’s a particularly worthless article from the AP: Docs say Tamiflu won’t affect foetus. This is clearly an important question. In the event of a pandemic, Tamflu will be used prophylactically in pregnant women, either by choice or because the women don’t know they are pregnant. There is currently no reliable information on effects of…

How the rich get richer

It’s hard for a lot of us to understand how the rich get richer by giving money away, but here’s one way.

Genetically modified cotton resistant to bollworm is a reality and five million Chinese cotton farmers have embraced it. It works, too, killing bollworm larvae that used to kill their cotton. IN the late 1990s it looked like a miracle. Pesticide use was cut by 70%. After seven years, though, the miracle is looking more like…

Science journalism awards

I have no doubt deciding who should get awards is a difficult business. Too many worthy candidates, only a few awards. Still. This week the 2006 Science-in-Society award winners were announced by the National Association of Science Writers (NASW):

I get misty

Here’s a great idea for your home. Install a sprinkler system that sprays pesticide mist twice a day, all summer long to control nuisance mosquitoes. The system uses quarter inch tubing a metal spray nozzles buried in the yard like a lawn sprinkler. A small tank and attached pump operate for 30 seconds at dawn…

Nothing offends like the truth. From The Onion: