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There seem to be two demographic groups that have more than their share of sensible attitudes to religion. The young and the old. To the young its irrelevant. To the old it’s laughable (or as my Uncle Nate said as he was dying, “I still think it’s a load of crap”). Here’s another boatload of…

I don’t write about mental health here, but not because I don’t think it is of public health importance. It may be one of the most consequential and expensive maladies we have. It’s not because I don’t know anyone whose life it has touched. I know many. And it isn’t because it is without intellectual…

President Obama got some advice yesterday from a special Presidential Cancer Panel. The Panel was mandated under the National Cancer Act of 1971 and included a strong staff and leading cancer specialists. The focus was on cancers we get from environmental exposures. It is strong stuff, but it is also stuff experts in cancer epidemiology…

Open science, openly arrived at

As an academic researcher I don’t write grant proposals for a living, although sometimes it feels like I do. I need grants to do my work, but I also need to get to work and I don’t consider myself to be commuting for a living. Although sometimes it feels like I do. Having said that,…

Johnson & Johnson gets it wrong

Just because a company got it right once doesn’t mean they’ll get it right all the time. Back in the day, one of the great crisis management success stories was was Johnson & Johnson’s handling of a case where someone intentionally introduced cynanide into on the shelf bottles of Tylenol in the fall of 1982…

Regular readers know I don’t have strong feelings about nutritional supplements and herbal medicine, unlike some of my medical blogger colleagues. I don’t recommend or use them but for the most part it’s not a subject that really gets me going, probably because I don’t know enough about abuses. A lot of regular medical practice…

Honey, I shrunk the tariff!

Everybody (including us) is talking about people crossing US borders illegally, but lots of things cross borders (pollution, wildlife, pathogens). Services cross borders whenever we reach a call center in Bangladore and of course so do commodities. Commodities like foodstuffs or medicines or toys may or may not be subject to regulations for safety and…

Power outage

I’m sitting here in the dark and freezing. No, not really. It’s not dark yet and it’s hot and humid. But I have no power, except what’s left in this laptop. Can’t connect to the net because I use wifi at home and the router is electrical (if I get really desperate I’ll crawl up…

Everyone has heard by now that there is a catastrophic oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. I’m not an oil expert, so I won’t discuss this much here. There is a lot of information already in the media. I am quite familiar with drinking water issues, however, and over the weekend we received news…

Here’s Marcus Brigstocke again, because hearing this once, twice or many times is never enough: