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Archives for November, 2007

Don’t go in! Oh, you live here? Fine.

It’s OK for storm victims to live in them, but don’t let your employees enter them: FEMA. Who else?

The virus sharing puzzle

If a rogue H5N1 virus easiy tansmissible between people is to develop, the most plausible spot for it to happen is Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous with a vast reservoir of infected poultry (and who knows what else) and more human cases (113) and more deaths (91) than any other country. But Indonesia still…

Particulate air pollution is local

Air pollution exists in two physical forms: as a gas (molecules) and as particles (usually heterogeneous agglomerations of huge numbers of molecules stuck together). Particles in the air are also called aerosols. Depending upon their size (really their aerodynamic behavior), their abundance and their composition, they can affect our lungs, vegetation or visibility. They can…

You become infected with West Nile Virus (WNV) when a mosquito vector bites you. As the mosquito sucks your blood (the protein meal makes it possible for her to ovulate), she replaces some of it with her saliva. The virus is in the saliva and if it finds a suitable cell to infect, we’re off…

If I am going to defend a public health heretic, I’d better get my disclaimers out on the table at the outset. The tobacco habit is among the world’s top public health threats and the purveyors of the deadly products that cause it have a lot to answer for. They belong in jail. As a…

Freethinker Sunday Sermonette: Bible Class

The religious are all a-twitter these days about “the New Atheism,” usually referring to polemics by the likes of Dawkins, Harris, Hitchens et al. I doubt most atheists have read these books (why should they?) and while I’d like to think they have converted many of the faithful, I rather doubt that, too. They are…

Since I can’t watch The Daily Show . . .

I used to watch The Daily Show every night (thanks to TiVo). Now I don’t because of the writers’ strike. So I have to settle for this. Enjoy:

I wasn’t at the Women’s Health Fair and Symposium at Onandoga Community College in New York so I didn’t hear all of what CDC Director Julie Gerberding said there. I just know what was reported in the Syracuse Post Standard. But I wasn’t impressed:

The Pump Handle: One year and counting

The blogosphere is pretty crowded these days and one might think there’s no need for less, not more. But in public health, that’s not the case. There are a lot of Doctor/Medical blogs but not many public health blogs. So yesterday marked a significant milestone in the public health blogosphere, the First Blogiversary of The…

It’s been a while since we discussed the Avastin-Lucentis controversy, but the battle has been taken up by another blogger, Howard Brody at Hooked: