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The US House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on one of the many required, but in this case crucial, steps to beginning an overhaul of the chaotic situation of American health care. By all accounts the vote is close, which is really pathetic. What is being proposed in the US is a baby step…

Objective reporting and science

The Reveres consider themselves progressives (check the masthead), a word used for people who believe government has a role to play to make the world better, but also tend to be social libertarians. Many scientists and doctors are progressive in that sense. But it’s a mighty big tent, and apparently covers some folks whose politics…

Illinois is not a state I know well, despite having spent five terrifying days and nights in 1968 being chased around its major city by its (then) rabid constabulary and almost losing my life in the process. It was decades before I could bring myself to return there, but when I did I found a…

I don’t know if the rest of the world laughs at the US, but I feel quite sure they at least shake their collective heads when they hear how we lack one of the most important non-pharmaceutical measures against pandemic flu: paid sick leave. Of course only those countries with a policy of paid sick…

It’s being described as a “dramatic settlement” that will set a pattern for the nation. Let’s hope so, because the agreement reached yesterday by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee (CNA/NNOC) and hospital player Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) sounds like just what the doctor ordered. It covers 32 CHW facilities in California and Nevada,…

Swine flu: pig meets rabbit

Of the three main modes of infection for flu — transmission by large droplets, transmission by tiny suspended aerosols, transmission via inanimate objects (also called fomites) — it is the last that is the least certain but garners the most attention in the form of hand hygiene, disinfectants and now, fear of magazines and toys…

I don’t know what’s going to happen with swine flu. I do know that if there is a nasty flu season we’ll all get through it better if we help each other, not run from each other. It’s national independence day in the US, so I thought this clip of the crowd singing the National…

Some angry thoughts about the pandemic

WHO today declared we an influenza pandemic is underway (aka, phase 6), which is not news to anyone. This beast has been barreling long for at least 3 or 4 weeks and the reluctance to call it what it was was related to resistance from some of WHO’s member states (the UK, China and Japan…

You learn a lot when you move from investigator to subject. I just heard about Drive-by Tylenol for day-care and school age kids. This is the practice of stuffing a couple of Tylenol down the little tyke’s throat to bring down a fever just before entering the daycare center. The objective is to get 4…

Laurie Garrett of the Council on Foreign Relations and a well-known authority on emerging infectious diseases was on PBS’s Newshour last night and she made a very important but little appreciated point. Mexico has made a major national sacrifice for global public health by shutting down its country and interrupting transmission of disease. The cost…