Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for October, 2006

Guidelines for Treating Strep Throat

The NY Times recently had a very good article about strep throat, which is caused by group A streptococci (which, if I’m not mistaken are near and dear to fellow ScienceBlogling Tara). Sore throats are one of the leading causes of the overprescribing of antibiotics (it’s been estimated that 20% of all antibiotic prescriptions are…

Some Sunday Links

Here’s some good links from the weekend. First, the sciency stuff:

The Funniest Campaign Ad Ever

Political ads are hardly great film making. But this ad about the Idaho congressional race will make anyone laugh, regardless of his or her political leanings. Nobody likes Republican Bill Sali…

Too Little, Too Late

From The Independent: In an interview with al-Jazeera, Alberto Fernandez, director of public diplomacy in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the US State Department, also said the US was ready to talk with any Iraqi group – excluding al- Qa’ida in Iraq – to reach national reconciliation in the country, which is racked…

The Lost Year in Iraq

PBS’ Frontline has made their special “The Lost in Iraq” available on line. This is TV that makes you smarter, not dumber. Check it out.

The Best TV Science Show Evah?

Marlon Perkins’ “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.” Long before the Croc Guy, Perkin’s trusty sidekick Jim was getting treed by rhinos, and other fun goodness. Ok, the show wasn’t very sciency, but it had really good natural history. Actually, it’s really the only science-related show that I can remember with any clarity, so it must…

God Has an Inordinate Fondness for Beetles…

…and Donald Rumsfeld? From the AP: “He [Rumsfeld] leads in a way that the good Lord tells him is best for our country,” said Marine General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Ordinarily, I would simply think that this is more Republican cynicism about religion, but I’m not so sure.

One Reason Why I Blog

A friend asked today, “Why is there no one seriously critiquing the Gates Foundation’s priorities?” Given the influence that “Gates” has on the setting of public health priorities, as well as the massive sums spent, these priorities need to be critically examined. For example, I’ve heard on the grapevine that one reason the Ellison Fund…

I See Stupid People: The JD Hayworth Edition

Some stupid is so powerful that it can only be viewed safely through the StupidViewer 9000 (from here) Here’s a joke: a Republican staffer of a conservative Christian Republican goes into a synagogue and tells the congregation that his candidate is more Jewish than they are. It’s not very funny, and, sadly, it’s true. You…

At least when it comes to killing young children in the developing world. A recent Lancet article describes the devastation pneumonia causes among children: