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Archives for January, 2007

How the other half lives (and breathes)

Half of us in the US now live in cities, towns or states that ban smoking in public places, including restaurants and bars (it’s nice to be more enlightened than Europe in at least a few things):

When newspaper columnist Art Buchwald died on Wednesday I had to laugh. Forgive me if this shocks you, but he always made me laugh, even when he died. In an interview on PBS’s Newshour, Jeffrey Brown played a video of Buchwald reading the first sentence he would write if he were to write his obituary…

WHO and measles

Reading the comments here can be both exhilarating and dismaying. The peevishness I see about WHO falls into the dismaying category. People who follow bird flu have a tendency to get crotchety with WHO over some of its more flagrant gaffes and obvious attempts at spinning, although which way the spin goes isn’t always clear.…

No Comment Necessary Department

Brought to you bereft of comment: Source: New York Times, January 17, 2007 (h/t Attack Rate)

The news that H5N1 viruses isolated from an uncle and niece in Egypt who died in December has been found to carry a genetic change suggestive of resistance to the main antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu) headlined the H5N1 newswires yesterday. Specifically, WHO announced that genetic sequencing had found the N294S change in the isolates (explanation…

Theater of the Absurd at the airport

As a frequent traveler I am all for measures to keep me safe. Someday maybe I’ll see some at the airport. While I dutifully stand in line with the other sheep, taking off my shoes, emptying my pockets, taking my laptop out of my briefcase and putting it in a separate tray (why?), taking my…

It may not be the most comforting headline, but it certainly is of interest to flu watchers: Rebuilt 1918 Flu Infects Monkeys, May Assist Research (John Lauerman, Bloomberg). It’s also a pretty accurate headline. Nice to see. So what’s it all about?

Cheers, fatso

If you are an abstainer, you can abstain from this post. Likewise if you are svelte and always struggling to keep your weight up. For the rest of us, the University of Rochester has an interesting compilation of the caloric value (and alcohol content) of about 50 brands of beer, domestic and imported, and another…

Two news reports in recent days added another dimension to the already worrisome seasonal resurgence of H5N1. First, there is little doubt that the current spate of human cases is just what we expect to see at this time of year, based on past experience. This doesn’t mean that the increase is “just” seasonal, however.…

It almost got by us, but we noticed it just in time. Nominations for the 2006 Koufax Awards are now open over at Wampum. For those on the Port (left) side of the blogosphere, the Koufax Awards are the most important credit we can obtain. We have been nominated all of our blog years and…