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CDC’s new flu website

Somewhere around mile 500 of the Revere tribe’s 1000 mile trek to the beach for an alleged vacation — long digression that interrupts the clear meaning of the sentence: if I’m on vacation, what am I doing writing about it? That’s what Mrs. R. asked, as she headed to the beach, leaving me in air…

I hate to take off on the press. I do it every once in a while, but not often. The slow and agonizing demise of the main stream press has major consequences for keeping the public informed about issues both big and small. It’s also a personal tragedy for many dedicated professional journalists. Still, while…

I’m not qualified to say if science and health reporting has gotten worse in recent years. Maybe I’m just paying more attention to how bad it often is now. My impression is that some reporters today are as good or better than we’ve ever had but there are fewer of them on the beat. This…

We’ve had occasion to write about the endocrine noise-maker bisphenol-A (BPA) quote a few times (see here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here for starters). The word about BPA has gotten to consumers and they have fled BPA-containing products like they are swine flu carriers. Meanwhile the scientific evidence is piling up and what…

Tufts University is the latest institution to step in the Conflict of Interest mess and come out with shoes that smell. The University had organized a conference on conflict of interest in medicine and research, with Iowa’s Republican Senator Charles Grassley as the keynoter. Grassley has been an indefatigable crusader against instances of fraud and…

A just released report on world wide vaccine production capacity says . . . if you don’t have access to the report (and I don’t, as yet), what it says depends on which news source you want to read. For example you can read Reuters (the glass half full wire service stroy) or Agence France…

It turns out that we were not the only ones musing on the relationship between the news business and the flu business. Dr. Michael Osterholm, is the Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy (CIDRAP), and also Editor-in-Chief of the CIDRAP Business Source, a subscription newsletter offered to the business community on…

Flu and the news business

The question of reporting on flu comes up here from time to time and one of those times was a few days ago. In a post on the low path bird flu outbreaks in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley we raised a number of questions we thought should have been asked by the Canadian Press’s reporter.…

Yesterday there was a fairly long story from the wire service Canadian Press that wasn’t written by their ace flu reporter, Helen Branswell. It carried the byline of Greg Joyce. I’ll come back to why I mention this at the end of this post, but first, here’s what it was about:

Creepy 1981 story about online newspapers

I like newspapers and we subscribe to two dailies at our house. But in truth I find myself reading the news online, not in dead tree form. We all know the newspaper business is in big trouble. Which is why there is something just a little creepy about this 1981 news story on San Francisco…