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Archives for July, 2009

Road trip

It’s late-ish in the evening and this one of the Revere troop has pulled his/her/its new-ish car (funny, it doesn’t look newish) into the Best Western parking lot and gotten online for the first time since this morning. First about the car. It isn’t brand new. It’s a couple of years old but we bought…

It seems our enthusiasm for Obama’s nomination of epidemiologist David Michaels to be the next head of OSHA was noted over at the high profile Science Magazine blog, ScienceInsider by Jocelyn Kaiser. Ms. Kaiser is among an elite group of science reporters and she almost always gets things right. Recognizing the importance of this nomination…

When the Bush Administration awarded a construction grant to put a Level 4 laboratory in Galveston, Texas to work on the most dangerous biological agents, a lot of people, including we here at Effect Measure, thought it was pretty stupid siting. Isn’t Galveston open to Gulf hurricanes? Wasn’t it the site of one of the…

Liz Borkowski at The Pump Handle has the scoop, but it’s a win for every worker: our friend and epidemiologist colleague and member of the Pump Handle blogger team, Dr. David Michaels, has just been nominated by President Obama to be the next head of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA). This is the…

CDC wants us to get vaccinated for flu every year. Always for seasonal flu, and this year, if there is a vaccine available, for swine flu. They want us to get vaccinated because they think the vaccine works and they want to prevent people from getting influenza, always a dangerous and unpredictable disease, even if…

CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recently rolled out their 2009 Recommendations. It’s for seasonal flu, for which a vaccine exists, not for swine flu, for which there is (as yet) no vaccine. There is a lot to say on the subject of vaccines (see what we’ve said over the years under the vaccine…

Thinking about hospital surge

The Reveres have been around a long time and we know a lot of public health people in different states. Recently we were talking with a colleague about the problem of hospital surge capacity — the ability to handle a sudden demand for services — and she described her first job working for a state…

We rarely put up the same thing twice here. Part of the fun is finding new absurdities. But by accident we again ran across this classic from the Australian Chaser’s War on Everything and I laughed all over again. I know we did it before (2007), but the YouTube video was taken down. Luckily we…

It’s a Saturday morning, it’s summer in the northern hemisphere, and in a few days The Reveres are off to the beach for a communal vacation. A Revere-fest (or infestation). A little time away from the pressure cooker is good for people our age, old enough to remember the proto-punk rock band The Velvet Underground.…

Swine flu: not down for the count

Yesterday CDC announced it would no longer report confirmed and probable swine flu cases. This will likely cause consternation in some quarters, but the reasons make sense. First, it should be said that the real pressure to stop counting is coming from the states, where resources are stretched so thin and the value of the…