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Here’s what I distracted myself with this morning. Don’t mix these at home. Wired Sci examines how Testosterone Makes People Suspicious of One Another. And that’s a hell of a photo. New Flu Vaccines Could Protect Against All Strains If all goes well, of course. Not to count on at this point, but an interesting look…

Helen Branswell, ace flu reporter, delivers the goodsl: TORONTO A landmark study looking at how to limit the spread of influenza has shown what experts have long believed but hadn’t until now proved: Giving flu shots to kids helps protect everyone in a community from the virus. The study, led by Dr. Mark Loeb of…

1. Maybe it was just the headline … but the runaway winner was “No pity party, no macho man.” Psychologist Dave Grossman on surviving killing. Actually I think it was the remarkable photo, which looks like a painting. Check it out. 2. I’m not vulnerable, just especially plastic. Risk genes, environment, and evolution, in the…

Pardon my light posting lately. Flat out with big projects, travel, and the stacking of the wood for the winter. This, however, is what has jumped out at me from the intertubez of late: Meet the New Health Care Reform, Same as the Old Health Care Reform At Top Schools, More Than Half the Profs…

In a disturbing post at ScienceInsider, Jon Cohen and Martin Enserink explain why the swine flu vaccine is running so late. Or at least they try to explain why it’s so late. For while all the suppliers are running into problems, we’re not allowed to know what they are. The delays are substantial and critical.…

Nurses and doctors have won a victory in their battle for their “right” to infect patients with easily prevented pandemic influenza. Judge Halts Flu Vaccine Mandate For Health Workers via pandemicchronicle.com Posted via web from David Dobbs’s Somatic Marker

“The Brite Nightgown,” from Donald Fagen’s First And Only Solo Tour (2006) – Dana Blankenhorn, who brings a distinctive mix of skepticism, intelligence, and gruff impatience to his flu coverage, digests some unsettling stats from the JAMA articles. Some of his highlights: * Health care workers get little protection from fancy masks. Workers given ordinary…

Probably dreaming. But these the rise of the public option and the fade of the flu sometimes seem so real. swine flu, public option, healthcare reform

I’ve wondered many times, including out loud in Slate, why it’s not common in the U.S. to give flu vaccinations at schools, so they could efficiently be given to the population (children) whose inoculation most effectively prevents epidemics or pandemics, as well as to anyone else who wanted one. Same place, procedure, and personnel every…

Never know what’ll top the charts. Top post was a post I put up in January, “Pfizer takes $2.3 billion offl-label marketing fine.” That post reported the news (via FiercePharma) that Pfizer had tucked away in its financial disclosure forms a $2.3 billion charge to end the federal investigation into allegations of off-label promotions of…