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Archives for April, 2007

The CDC train wreck

Once upon a time, working at the Center for Disease Control (aka, CDC, now called the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) was a dream job for a dedicated public health scientist or practitioner. No more. The independent CDC blog, CDC Chatter, is reporting results of a new survey of employee satisfaction in federal services.…

China, Taiwan and very small minds

“China” was one of the founding members of the United Nations. Whatever you mean by “China,” anyway. When the UN was formed in 1945 there was only one China. After the Revolution of 1949 the losing side retreated to Taiwan and claimed the title of Republic of China. The US and its allies stupidly continued…

Spreading DVDs

After recent posts related to intellectual property and more than I can count about bird flu, time to become more efficient and combine them: Chinese police have nabbed a pirate DVD production and sales ring that had concealed their operation in a supposed bird flu research base in east China’s Jiangxi Province. Zheng Deming, head…

When the FDA gets tough . . .

Let’s see. If I were making a pile of money by doing something illegal and I got caught, do you think I’d be able to get off just by agreeing not to do it again? I guess if what I was doing was making illegal prescription drugs, I could. I’ll make a mental note:

America is starting to reawaken from one of its periodic religious revivals. They happen with tiresome regularity, every three or four decades, but it’s a damped oscillation. Each time the amplitude of the wave is lower and the DC signal between blips more secular. Freethinker books are appearing on the bestseller lists, occupying more prominent…

Follow-up on the disappearing bees

The problem is now being recognized at the highest levels of the US government.

CDC: the times they need a changin’

The Atlanata Journal Constitution, hometown paper of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (aka, “CDC”) continues to lift the rocks and uncover the stuff beneath. In the latest installment it has obtained an internal memo from CDC’s international health office to CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding about the problems in filling overseas posts…

Sad days at NIEHS

I will admit to having a soft spot in my heart for one of the NIH institutes, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. NIEHS is on a separate campus in Research Triangle Park, NC, away from the main NIH campus in Bethesda, MD. It is separated in other ways, too, having a decidedly more…

The free market in Tamiflu

It was inevitable. Roche is now planning to cut production of its antiviral Tamiflu because, they say, supply is exceeding demand:

The wound opened by Indonesia’s balk on supplying H5N1 viral isolates to WHO for vaccine surveillance (see here and here) has now been fixed — with a band-aid: