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Archives for August, 2007

Because swatting the climate change denier gnats is an endless task, we are glad to help our SciBling John Lynch provide the swatter for yet another boring attempt to breach the walls of scientific consensus on anthropogenic climate change. In 2004 Naomi Orestes, a fine historian of science known personnally to a number of us,…

A couple of weeks ago CDC’s peer reviewed journal, Emerging Infectious Diseases, published online an ahead-of-print paper by Yang et al., “Detecting Human-to-Human Transmission of Avian Influenza A (H5N1).” The paper has now been published in the journal and predictably, it made news. It’s an interesting paper, but we think some people are going beyond…

I don’t suppose I can sue somebody for negligence resulting in impairment of my mental health. But if I could, I would surely go after the assholes at the PRISM coalition, an alleged grassroots group (such front groups for industry are often called astroturf groups) whose task in life is to lock up tax payer…

If you want a good snapshot of how poorly prepared Indonesia is for coping with bird flu, look no further than the Letter column of The Jakarta Post:

Walking TB blues

The walking TB problem is in the news again. This time it’s not a well to do lawyer from Atlanta but a Mexican born resident of Norcross, Georgia, a healthy appearing teen ager told last Friday he had tuberculosis and would have to undergo treatment. We don’t know exactly what he was said to him…

Let the Pandemic Games begin!

This is a public health blog run by an old geezer (or geezers, depending upon how many of us there are), but if you are a crazed gamer with an age in the low double digits (or not), this post is for you. The part for you is below the fold, at the end. But…

I like John Edwards and tend to agree with him on poverty and campaign finance, although his Iraq war opposition is weak and ambiguous. But he’s got a lot of company there, unfortunately. The one thing you can say about the Republican candidates is their pro-war stance isn’t ambiguous. It is explicit — disgustingly so.…

Gene test on flu prognosis?

A recent article in TimesOnline (hat tip RobT) raises an inevitable and interesting question about how we are going to ration scarce high tech medical resources in a pandemic. The article reports on a paper by Canadian scientists on SARS patients indicating that certain patterns of protein expression offer clues to clinical prognosis. In particular,…

We in public health need all the advocates we can get, so it’s heartening to know that a major pharmaceutical company, Allergan, Inc., has hired a big name lobbying firm to “lobby on public health issues”:

We’re having a heat wave

I’m at the beach and it’s hot. It’s supposed to be that way at the beach. When I get overheated I head back to the unit, which is air conditioned, and I cool off. Actually, I don’t. I stay the same temperature (body temperature), but that aside, it’s no problem. But not everyone is so…