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The Icelandic volcanic eruption is still causing havoc in Europe with ripple effects elsewhere as people and planes are grounded for travel in or out of much of northern Europe. Pressure from the traveling public, air carriers and business is mounting to let passenger and cargo planes fly again. What’s changed? Not much. There’s about…

What’s next? We fly nude?

Given the usual response to terrorist threats on airplanes, we expect the latest move to protect us will be to require us to travel nude. OK. Probably not. Republicans are too skittish about public nakedness. They prefer it in the privacy of their mistresses’ beds. What we will see, instead, is yet another attempt at…

Yuck! This coffee tastes like poison!

Medical institutions in the US northeast have always been competitive, and Harvard has always been toward the top of the list in that category. I don’t mean just competitive to get into. I mean competitive, period. I went to another big research medical school in the northeast in the sixties and we used to joke…

Fire in the operating room

I’ve seen surgeons blow up in the operating room but never saw an operating room blow up. But according to the Wall Street Journal, it’s not that rare for them to catch fire and sometimes worse. Operating rooms are full of flammable gases and materials and oxygen. Moreover it isn’t just a matter of taking…

Talking to passengers and cell phones

I’m on the road today. I’m a member of an external advisory committee for a research program at a university about an hour by car from my own. Not bad duty. You get to listen to scientists talking about science all day (some of us actually like that) and you get asked your opinions (whether…

Don’t ask me why I am so fixated on this topic but whenever I see an article about driving and cell phone use I post on it (example here). The idea that talking on the phone, dialing or texting while driving might be a wee bit of a cognitive problem doesn’t seem too controversial, but…

Warning: contains FDA approved drug

The tort system is the favorite whipping boy of the anti-regulation crowd. That’s because once you remove regulation, something the Bush administration has championed and done effectively, the only recourse someone injured by the fraud or negligence of a product or drug manufacturer is through a lawsuit for damages. Since the anti-regulation crowd serves Big…

One of the effects of high gas prices is to encourage people to use bicycles. This also includes the police, where some jurisdictions are taking cops out of cruisers and putting them on foot or on bikes. Bike police (and bicycle messengers, people who use their bikes in crowded urban areas to endanger pedestrians), spend…

Swimming and the “one hour rule”

A recent news article by Helen Branswell of Canadian Press (“Wait an hour to swim after eating? Says who?”) contained two pieces of information, one that surprised me and one that didn’t. Branswell was writing about the well worn safety advice to wait at least an hour after eating before going in swimming. This was…