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Congratulations, North Carolina. You are getting brand new $52 million facility for your State Public Health Laboratory and Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, each in separate wings of a 220,000 square foot facility in Raleigh. Sounds great. But if you work there you might want to shower at home and bring bottled water. And…

Armistice Day, 2008: Bring ‘em Home

The Reveres, November 11, 2008, year five of the War in Iraq and year seven of the War in Afghanistan

One resource the incoming Obama administration is certainly to find no shortage of is advice. We don’t know whom they will listen to, although we know much of it — maybe most of it — is likely to be of the self-serving variety. How to separate the wheat from the chaff will be a delicate…

So much misery in this world

There is a lot of misery in this world, too much of it the result of what we humans do to each other. And it’s getting worse. A typical example, is a country where 28% of the children are malnourished, up from 19% five years ago; where in 2006 11% of the newborns were underweight,…

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. If you occupy a country you also assume responsibility for its public health. That’s both international law and it’s the right thing to do. In Iraq we haven’t done that. So while I am about to say it once more, after I’ve said it I have…

An expensive day in Iraq and America

The President’s budget was announced on Monday (see our post here), and as many people know (including us), it is Dead on Arrival. But it is still a significant for its symbolism. This is what the Bush administration wants. They know they won’t get it but they are making a statement. Some statement:

Afghanistan: back where it started

Most Americans think the Afghanistan mistake was the Right Thing to Do. While we are on record (here and here) as of another opinion, the conventional view is that getting rid of the Taliban was Good (they were Bad, which is true) and anyway it was payback for 9/11 (even though the Afghans didn’t actually…

With the turn of the calendar there is always both hope and anxiety about the year ahead. This is nice because it gives pundits and bloggers something to write about. Just before Christmas The Times of London published\ a “leading article” (unsigned), Black Swans and Bird Flu, which was about the anxiety part, assessing the…

Adenovirus serotype 14 and come what may

The dramatic infectious agents like MRSA, Ebola and bird flu get the headlines but there are a lot of others out there, some of them capable of being just as nasty. Consider the new variant of adenovirus serotype 14, for example:

US sponsored Afghan hospital a hell hole

Rabia Balkhi Hospital (RBH) is an obstetrical hospital in Afghanistan that is one of the jewels in the crown of the US aid effort after the overthrow of the Taliban in 2002. Here’s the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) website boast: HHS activities have had an enormous impact on the quality of care…