Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for September, 2009

One of the thing we need to pay attention to during TEH SWINEY FLOO! is the role of bacterial infections in flu-related mortality: a fair number of the deaths ultimately could result from a secondary bacterial infection by organisms like Staphylococcus (including MRSA), Streptococcus, and some of the Gram-negative organisms. Unfortunately, this is happening in…

Keep in mind as you read this news item, this takes place in a country that spends thousands of dollars more per person for healthcare than other countries, including those that have a comparable per person GDP and median income. From Diabetes Health:

So Why Aren’t We Worrying About Deflation?

Last week, you might have read about the stagnation of wages. If you didn’t, here’s Felix Salmon:

May Everyone Be…

..inscribed in the Book of Life. And if you’re fasting for Yom Kippur, have an easy fast. (no, we don’t really think God is up there, deciding whether or not to write our names in the Book of Life. It’s a metaphor)

…it takes a lot of money to buy his vote. Somewhere in the neighborhood of $1 million, give or take:

If You’re at the Smithsonian…

…make sure you check out the Darwin exhibit and the ant exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History. The Darwin exhibit (TEH DARWINISMZ!!) has a really good introduction to natural selection that’s readily accessible for non-biologists–I hope school trips take advantage of this exhibit and visit it (TEH EVOLUTIONISMZ!!). The ant exhibit has some…

It’s still unclear if the murdered census worker with “fed” written on his chest was killed because he was a census worker, but the bashing of the Constitutionally-mandated census by Michelle Bachmann and other conservatives is having an effect–and not a good one (italics mine):

While I think making swine flu vaccination mandatory for healthcare workers is bad policy, since it feeds into anti-vaccine paranoia: people forced to take the vaccine will assume that they are guinea pigs and this, in turn, will lead others to think something is wrong with the vaccine. Having said that, I’m concerned by the…

ScienceBlogling Drugmonkey has some good info about the new shortened NIH R01 proposal. There are a lot of interesting comments over there, so I suggest you head on over and read the whole thing. What I wonder about is if the shorter format will end up ‘compressing’ the proposal scores, and consequently, result in more…

Oklahoma H.R. 2211: The Triumph of the Stupid

Argh. The post got borked because I’m using a very old computer with weird keystroke habits. The article is from here: The Oklahoma House of Representatives Education Committee has just approved House Bill 2211. The bill is expected to pass the full House, and then to go to the Senate. Its authors describe it as…