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Archives for October, 2009

CBS News on swine flu testing: Fail!

A reader (h/t MVD) sent me this link to a “CBS News Exclusive,” Study Of State Results Finds H1N1 Not As Prevalent As Feared. As far as I can see the main aim was to raise CBS News’s profile and gain readership. That’s what news organizations do. We hope they do it by good journalism.…

When to use antivirals for swine flu

We’ve gotten the question here fairly frequently: If antivirals (Tamiflu, Relenza) for swine flu work best when given early but shouldn’t be given to people who aren’t really that sick, how do you balance waiting for them to get sick and have the drugs not work well with giving it when you don’t need to?…

Human swine flu in pigs

When swine flu appeared, the pork producers were keen to say there was no connection or relationship between pigs and swine flu (even though the virus’s genetic segments were all of swine origin). They didn’t want anyone to call it swine flu, giving rise to the celebrated naming controversy. But then we started seeing pigs…

Monday morning, start of week three of the official flu season (which began October 4). CDC’s scientific spokeswoman on the flu, Dr. Anne Schuchat has said we are seeing “unprecedented” flu activity for this time of year, including an unusual toll in the pediatric age group. What does “unprecedented” mean? It’s not very specific on…

Swine flu news items

We’ve been traveling again (and offline), so we’ll limit this to a few comments to put recent news into the context of things we talked about here recently (an excellent up-to-date status report can be found by DemFromCT at DailyKos). A good article by Rob Stein of the Washington Post highlighted some of the increasing…

I will be the first to concede that religion can be extremely interesting (although not to me). My general rule of thumb is that virtually any topic is interesting once you really get into it, and religion is no exception. One can study it from within its own logic and set of doctrines (theology or…

The vaccine problem as seen from a different angle: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c

In Memoriam: Steve Lagakos

We hate to write posts like this. The Reveres lost a friend and the battle against HIV/AIDS lost a Field Commander this week when Steve Lagakos, his wife Regina and his mother were killed in a horrific head on collision on their way back from his summer home in New Hampshire, where they celebrated his…

Swine flu prisoner’s dilemma

Via Crof’s blog (invaluable, as always) I learned of the decision of Massachusetts state health officials to vaccinate state prisoners before the rest of the population:

I’ve been asked a number of times why I am bothering to get both flu vaccines this year (the seasonal flu trivalent vaccine and the swine flu vaccine when it is my turn). I am in the older age group (last in line for swine flu vaccine) and it is my group that is hit…