Effect Measure

Archives for January, 2007

My advice to the American Chemical Society

When three separate people send you an article in Nature it gets your attention. Since I have a paid subscription to Nature, my attention was ready to be grabbed anyway, but I hadn’t yet read this story so a tip of the hat to my informants. I also have paid personal subscriptions to Science and…

The H5N1 crystal ball is cloudy

It seems like just yesterday the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization was saying that the current resurgence of bird flu is not as bad as last year when it burst out of Asia and extended itself into 40 countries or so. It wasn’t yesterday. It was Monday. Enough time for that judgment to look a…

Food vendors: Taking the gloves off

Stories like this really interest me, so a special thanks to Jody Lanard who sent it along. It’s about those gloves they wear while making you a sandwich at the deli or a fast food joint. You know the ones. The disposable plastic kind. Disposable so you can change them often and throw them away.…

We spend a lot of time on bird flu here because, as I have explained, it is a useful lens through which to look at the void in public health leadership as well as preparedness issues of the system that allegedly protects us from bird flu and much else. We don’t spend all this time…

Tonight The Reveres are putting on their party clothes and headed for Jordan Barab’s place, Confined Space. Doors open from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time. Truthfully, this party is also a wake, because Jordan is closing up shop tonight and has invited everyone over (that means you, too) to celebrate his last…

FAO: Worry, don’t worry, worry

Bird flu is a disease of birds, so how are the birds doing this year? If you just read the headlines, you might be a bit confused. Unfortunately reading the stories won’t clear things up:

Taking research money from Big Tobacco

The University of California Regents (their Board of Trustees) is facing a thorny issue: should researchers in the University of California system be banned from taking research support from the tobacco industry? Two conflicting imperatives, one, unfettered freedom to pursue research wherever it leads; the other, the need for some constraints. Not anything goes, even…

Dr. Chan and WHO on bird flu

Dr. Margaret Chan has been on the job at WHO for about a month. So far so good. Two weeks ago she named Dr. Anarfi Asamoa-Baah as WHO’s Deputy-Director General. I don’t know him, myself, but those who do (and whose judgment I trust) have nothing but the highest praise for him, describing him as…

Texas: good for global warming

Tomorrow we will be “treated” to the annual State of the Union lie-fest, with Liar-in-Chief George W. Bush reportedly to tell us we need a massive commitment to ethanol to break our oil addiction. Ethanol is the oil man’s methadone, it seems. It doesn’t sound like we’ll be hearing about conservation, mass transit or other…

Letting the H5N1 cat out of the bag

A little noticed paper in CDC’s Emerging Infectious Diseases takes us back to a year ago when dead and dying birds infected with H5N1 were first found near water in Germany, Slovenia and Austria. In mid February 2006 a sick swan picked up from a river in Austria was taken to an animal shelter in…