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Archives for December, 2007

Raising my glass

Year’s end. We don’t disclose how many Reveres there are or where they are (we don’t even correct the rife speculation and usually incorrect assumptions in the Comments), but one thing we/I will reveal: there’s only one Revere at a time. So it falls to this one to look back on the past year, which…

385 Days to Go!

What the hell. It’s the end of the year. Always fun to look back at those events which alter and illuminate Our Times. And You Were There:

Everyone seems to have an opinion about whether bird flu will be the next terrible global pandemic. In current parlance “bird flu” means human infection with the highly pathogenic avian influenza/A subtype H5N1. There is no doubt that this is the 800 pound gorilla in the global health room at the moment, but not because…

After spending more time than I wished “defending” WHO against what I considered a particular kind of scurrilous attack (it also seemed to raise the hackles of some unintended as targets, but the dialog with them was at least rational) — after all that, I now have to turn around and complain about WHO (again).…

One of my guilty pleasures used to be indulging in End-of-the-Year wrap-ups on network news. I’m not exactly sure why and it’s been decades since I’ve enjoyed what has become a sterile exercise in hindsight spin doctoring. There are still specialized areas, though, where the judgments of the cognoscenti are still interesting to me. One…

Your rights: long may they waive

This both made me laugh and made me mad. Corey Doctorow over at Boingboing relates how he was contacted by a new online service to write a letter of recommendation for a former student applying to graduate school. Using a web-based interface the same letter could be submitted to multiple universities. Good idea. Like a…

The new CPR: half as hard and more aesthetic

I learned emergency cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in medical school more than forty years ago and it hasn’t changed much until now. It was always hard to do, but now it’s half as hard and not as unaesthetic, at least if the results of several studies are taken into account.

Bhutto, birdflu and WHO bashing

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, despite a bevy of bodyguards, was assassinated yesterday. Pakistan is a dangerous place, especially for pro-American politicians or those thought to be pro-Western officials. It’s something to think about when you read that WHO and the US reference laboratory NAMRU-3 each sent teams to the politically unstable and hostile-to-the-West…

How about Medicare for all?

If you have heart disease or diabetes and you are uninsured you are worse off than those who are insured by several measures. Those are the kinds of health conditions that usually worsen with age, too, so you would expect this to be a bigger problem for the uninsured near elderly. But they don’t worsen…

Bird flu: betting, insuring or investing?

Bird flu is still flu and one expects an uptick of cases during “flu season” which usually gets underway in earnest in December. So from that perspective it isn’t a surprise that December has seen human fatalities from bird flu in six countries: Pakistan, China, Vietnam, Egypt, Burma and, of course, Indonesia. Once the Pakistani…