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Archives for July, 2007

Traveling disease

In my early to mid career it fell to me to teach large lecture courses that surveyed all of environmental health. Everything. Air polllution. Wastewater. Food sanitation. Radiation protection. Over the years I learned a lot beyond my particular specialty (environmental epidemiology) and it has stood me in good stead in many ways. Students seemed…

When the health care system is a lemon

The cliché that when life hands you a lemon, make lemonade wasn’t meant to cover the case where a nation’s politicians refuse to deal with the lemon that is its health system. There are now a lot of stories in the news media about the catastrophe that is US health care, but few of them…

Small steps but steps in the right direction. It’s taking time, but there is progress:

Uncle Sam wants You

Here is Max Blumenthal’s Unofficial Tour of the College Republican Convention. It’s both funny and appalling. Take your pick. Or just laugh through your tears. On the other hand, if you are offended and under the age of 42, you can sign up and take your anger out on the Iraqis:

Tripoli 6: Free at last

At 3:50 am EDST I received the welcome news, via Declan Butler, that the Tripoli 6 were free and on the tarmac in Sofia, Bulgaria. All are Bulgarian citizens and were released by the Libyan prison authorities as part of an extradition arrangement. Their life sentences were immediately pardoned by Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov. Our…

Botulism in the news

Just as the safety of the food supply is coming under increased scrutiny we have the Castleberry Foods botulism recall, now involving a variety of brands of Hot Dog Chili Sauce and dog foods. Both have something in common you wouldn’t necessarily think of at first (unless you knew about botulism). Both chili sauce, which…

Heck of a job, FEMA

This morning we discussed mosquito-borne disease in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. But arboviruses are not the only potential hazard faced by displaced hurricane residents. There is also the dreaded FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), an agency that didn’t do so many things it should of and did do many they shouldn’t have.…

Bird flu isn’t the only virus dangerous to humans that finds its primary home in birds. West Nile Virus (WNV) and other arbovirus infections do, too. WNV is now on the rise in California and seems worse than last year:

Cuba has announced it has established a monitoring system for bird flu. I don’t know any of the details except that they have trained personnel for the purpose and they say they have invested millions of dollars and are following what goes on elsewhere closely. The US can say the same thing and has health…

The story of North Carolina uber Christian Coy Privette, arrested on charges of aiding and abetting prostitution (being a “john”) is, on its surface, just another tale of hypocrisy, one among many: