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Only the ducks are dead

BP has this great reputation for being an environmentally friendly and responsible company. I know it because their incessant television ads tell me it’s true. The ones that flank the national news stories about their horrendous safety record of explosions and worker deaths or their catastrophic oil spills. Those ads. When something happens they start…

President Obama got some advice yesterday from a special Presidential Cancer Panel. The Panel was mandated under the National Cancer Act of 1971 and included a strong staff and leading cancer specialists. The focus was on cancers we get from environmental exposures. It is strong stuff, but it is also stuff experts in cancer epidemiology…

Everyone has heard by now that there is a catastrophic oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. I’m not an oil expert, so I won’t discuss this much here. There is a lot of information already in the media. I am quite familiar with drinking water issues, however, and over the weekend we received news…

On the surface the story in Wired made perfect sense: Twin Study Deepens Multiple Sclerosis Mystery. It is about a new study from the National Center for Genome Resources that compared the genetic endowments of three sets of identical twins, one each of which contracted multiple sclerosis (MS), the other didn’t. This was a full…

John Snow

Yesterday I gave a nod to an important epidemiologist, the late Alice Stewart. I’m old enough to have known her, but not old enough to know the most famous epidemiologist of all — indeed sometimes called the “Father of Epidemiology” — Dr. John Snow. Snow is also claimed as the “Father of Anesthesiology” because he…

Alice Stewart

If you aren’t an epidemiologist of a certain age — or even if you are — you’ve probably not heard of Alice Stewart. Alice was one of England’s premier epidemiologists in the mid to late 20th century, but I didn’t meet her until she was in her 80s. At the time she could still bound…

Joint pain and migraines: weather or not

While I work on my monster grant proposal — I and my colleagues have been working on it for 9 months, but with the deadline only 3 months away it is time to turn the volume up to 11 — blogging may be light or brief. But posting something is an excuse to take a…

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Yet another cell phone and disease story, and while this one is on the “good news” side, it doesn’t reassure me:

BPA cardiovascular findings replicated

It’s been over a year since we discussed the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) article on bisphenol-A (BPA), a high volume chemical used in plastic components of food and drinks packaging and found in 90% of all Americans screened for the chemical. It is also a chemical that disrupts the endocrine system, a…

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…