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Archives for October, 2009

I don’t fly as much as I used to but I still fly too often for my likes and when the cart comes around for the free beverages it’s either orange juice “with no ice” or a bloody mary mix “with no ice.” I rarely drink water, but if I did, I would never drink…

The online publication of three papers and a commentary yesterday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA; free access, links at bottom of post) provides some further data on what demand for critical care resources might be from the current swine flu pandemic. One paper reports on the Mexican experience, where mortality seemed…

I agree with one thing that Paul JJ Payack, president and chief word analyst of The Global Language Monitor says: ?At this point it is becoming increasingly difficult to engage in any form of public dialogue without offending someone?s sensitivities, whether right, left or center.? (Paul Payack, Global Language Monitor site) Well, not complete agreement.…

Why the epidemiology of swine flu matters

If you are hesitating to be vaccinated for swine flu this year, perhaps this post will help you make up your mind. If it does, I hope it pushes you to get vaccinated, but whatever persuasion we attempt here will only be from a recital of what we know of the epidemiology of this pandemic.…

The Reveres finally knew the blog had become an established site on the internet when we started getting regular publicity emails from commercial sites and people with products they thought “our readers would be especially interested in.” We get quite a few, now, and we almost never yield. Almost. But this particular product seemed like…

When swine flu poked its head above water in the northern hemisphere in April our “normal” flu season was just ending. A surge of swine flu cases during a time when influenza was not usually seen was bewildering and confusing, not to mention alarming. We didn’t know what to expect nor were we sure if…

Skeptical, but Hope Springs Eternal. The heaviest of the heavy-hitter science journals in the US is Science Magazine, a publication of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). It publishes in all aspects of science. Its main competitor is the venerable Nature magazine in the UK. I subscribe to both. They come every…

A Catholic hospital system in Arkansas seems to have come up with an innovative solution to encouraging health care workers be vaccinated while allowing them the autonomy to make their own decision. When we last brought up this question one of our commenters said he’d like to see a button on health care workers that…

This is the internet. Like the newspaper, you shouldn’t automatically believe everything you read on it, and when it comes to some of the more outlandish stuff, most people don’t. But there are a lot of sites that appear quite legitimate, and maybe for some of the material on them they are fine, but sometimes…

Vaccines is a topic I don’t like writing about so much for many reasons. Vaccination programs are important to public health but we (all the Reveres, including this one) have always interested either in basic science or programs that are applied to the whole population at once, such as clean water, air or food or…