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Archives for January, 2009

A reader sent me a link to The Salt Lake Tribune that made me do a double-take: Health department on chopping block:

Annals of peanut butter, continued

PetSmart’s Grreat Choice Dog Biscuit isn’t such a great choice for fido because they contain peanut paste with salmonella. It may also not be so Grreat for fido’s owners:

China syndrome?

Readers want to know what I think about the bird flu situation in China, where four human cases have been reported in the last couple of weeks. I haven’t said anything about it so far, which is normal for me. I usually like to wait for more information. There are dedicated and smart flu bloggers…

Some people noticed a remarkable thing that happened on the Washington Mall on Sunday at the Obama pre-Inaugural concert, a part of which I posted on Tuesday. The second last appearance was by Pete Seeger, his grandson Tao and Bruce Springsteen singing Woody Guthrie’s This Land is Your Land. What made it remarkable is the…

While we were busy with the pageant of the new administration, we are still cleaning up the messes from past administrations (not just Bush although Bush was the examplar of incompetence). Past messes like a broken food safety system. The latest example, of course, is the peanut butter and peanut paste salmonella debacle (see here,…

Long Time Comin’

I’m glad I lived to see today. I’ve been a citizen of the United States for 66 years and I’ve never felt anything like it. Not because of the politics, since I suspect I will disagree with much of what the new President plans to do (not progressive enough for me), and not solely because…

Flu beats sex

Every disease has a website, it seems, and common diseases may have many. The UK has a charity devoted to asthma that has a site, AsthmaUK.com, with an interesting feature, an “asthma trigger” section that discussed things that may bring on asthma symptoms in people with asthma. Asthma is a disease involving airway dysfunction where…

DemFromCT has Flu and You, Part II up over at DailyKos. As with Part I, it is well worth reading. It implicitly raises an extraordinarily important issue — the crucial value of the public health infrastructure — and explicitly lays out a vital part of it, the public health laboratory network. Next week Dem plans…

More on salmonella and peanut butter

The four month old salmonella outbreak (here, here) that has already claimed at least five lives seems now to be an “ingredient” affair. The ingredient is peanut butter made in a Georgia plant of the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) and sold to food distributors in bulk for use in institutions and not to consumers…

What with college bowl games, NFL play-offs, the Superbowl and the NCAA basketball tournament around the corner, God is pretty busy these days, helping teams win and athletes look gook. Maybe this accounts for His lack of attention to poverty, war, cruelty, hatred and every conceivable kind of tribalism. Of course athletic competition is pretty…