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Archives for February, 2007

Can CDC get a life?

When I started talking about this with friends and colleagues several months ago they thought I was quite crazy. But then they’ve thought that for a long time. It’s mainly a source of amusement. I hope. Anyway. What I was talking about is using the online virtual world, Second Life, for public health purposes. Second…

Sometimes my flu obsessed readers think no one is paying attention but it isn’t true. Beneath the surface of a spasmodically and superficially interested mainstream media, various institutions are worrying and grappling with the enormity of the consequences of a pandemic. Colleges and universities have the special problem of large and dense communities of mobile…

New food safety policy, part II

A follow up (of sorts) to yesterday’s post on the “new” strategy for preventing foodborne illness at the US Department of Agriculture. This one’s about the new policy at the Food and Drug Administration:

The bird flu news hasn’t been that good this week. New outbreaks in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Vietnam’s previously quiet north, continuing infestations in Russia, and human cases in Egypt and Laos (although confusion over the Egyptian case) (see rundown in CEDRAP News here and here). How about some good news? Like, tests have shown the experimental…

I must really be losing it, because I just can’t seem to understand the latest announcements from the the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS), a regulatory division of the US Department of Agriculture. I’ve read it a bunch of times and I still don’t understand it. I’m not saying it’s bad (whatever it is). I…

An official at the new Stockholm-based European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) is complaining about the flood of information about emerging diseases produced by the internet: “A few years ago people were predicting that the internet and new technologies such as automated media scanning would make this task easier,” said Denis Coulombier, head…

Table top exercises are supposed to be realistic. I’ve taken part in them and I can tell you they are. So it’s not surprising this realism, often including simulated notices and documents, can combine with the speed of information dissemination of the internet in ways that are, well, not surprising:

I’ve said before I quite like Christmas as a secular holiday. I might be an atheist, but I like the sense of generosity, the urging (albeit with commercial motives) to do something nice for those we care about and those we don’t know, the emphasis on Peace on Earth and Goodwill towards All. Too bad…

The American Public Health Association is the organizational voice of American public health. I’ve been a member for almost 40 years and served on its Governing Council and on one of its top policy boards. Admittedly I’ve not been very active for the last number of years, especially as APHA has become neutered and politically…

The smell of death

If you are attracted to leaving your body to science but still want to be buried au naturel, now you can have it both ways. Just bequeath yourself to the Anthropological Research Facility at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. There you can quietly decompose on their peaceful three acre facility, where perforated pipes from…