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New York Times correspondent Don McNeil is an excellent medical reporter. He always asks intelligent questions at the CDC pressers and he writes good articles. And he’s written one for The Times yesterday that I agree with, although his support for it seems to me less than objective. In essence he asked the country’s flu…

Swine flu: (unfinished) story of the year

It’s the end of the calendar year and the traditional time the media looks back on “the biggest stories of the year.” There are websites about almost any subject (even one on a particular model of running shoe, I am told), but those of us who write specialized blogs (as opposed to ones about politics…

I don’t know what happened in the Ukraine regarding swine flu (or some other illness) and without any hard facts we refrained from speculating on it (we did post once on the lack of clarity and WHO’s reponse). We still don’t know what to say about what did or didn’t happen, although it appears others…

One of the by-products of the brouhaha (here, here) over The Atlantic article on vaccines was some interesting issues raised by the way the Knight Science Journalism Tracker handled it (here, here). If you aren’t familiar with KSJ Tracker, it’s a site that does “peer review” of science journalism. It’s goal “is to provide a…

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.…

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…

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…

I’m afraid I have to complain about crappy journalism again. AlterNet is an online newsmagazine I quite like. We’ve been linked by them numerous times and know their influence. Sometimes, though, some very smart writers write some very dumb things, even if they do it in a smart way. Alas, Joshua Holland has done it…

There are multiple trials of swine flu vaccine in different countries and involving different subpopulations. Recent news strongly suggests that — surprisingly — a single dose of viral antigen (i.e., one injection) may be sufficient to raise antibody against swine flu to protective levels. There are a lot of uncertainties here, but the data have…

Science reporting and personal bad habits

One of my healthier, but alas more expensive habits, is that I walk a mile or so several times a week to my neighborhood shopping area and visit one or another bookstore. I live in a college town, so my neighborhood shopping area has some of the best bookstores anywhere. Not just a university bookstore…