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Really? This is just a little creepy. A non-for-profit will help you tell your one-night-stand that you may have exposed him or her with an STI via an e-card: Steve, a health care worker in his 30s, had been told more than once that he had been exposed to a sexually transmitted infection. So when…

Happy Warriors for Vaccines

The NYTimes profiles Paul Offit, author of Autism’s False Prophets. Offit has been taking the anti-vaccine lobby to task over pseudoscience, and he hasn’t been winning many friends in the process: Those backing Dr. Offit say he was forced into the role. Opponents of vaccines have held rallies, appeared on talk shows like “Oprah” and…

Some Doctors Vaccinate at a Loss

Some doctors are considering dropping vaccinations because some are vaccinating at a loss from insurance reimbursement. About one in 10 doctors who vaccinate privately insured children are considering dropping that service largely because they are losing money when they do it, according to a new survey. A second survey revealed startling differences between what doctors…

Should everyone take vitamins?

Over at the NYTimes Well blog they have a really good summary of studies about vitamins and improvements to health. Everyone needs vitamins, which are critical for the body. But for most people, the micronutrients we get from foods usually are adequate to prevent vitamin deficiency, which is rare in the United States. That said,…

Handcuffs not only kinky, also deadly

Okay, Jake or anyone else out there with medical training–is this for real? Apparently there may be a new syndrome whereby young men suddenly and inexplicably die following police arrest. The phenomenon is being compared to a similar one wherein wild animals up and die upon capture, and may have something to do with a…

There have been a lot of salmonella outbreaks in food in the news lately, but who is to blame? Last year, Paul Krugman set the responsibility squarely on the Bush administration and ideological libertarians like Milton Friedman who want to limit food safety regulations: Without question, America’s food safety system has degenerated over the past…

Yay us? More than 1 million cases of chlamydia were reported in the United States last year — the most ever reported for a sexually transmitted disease, federal health officials said Tuesday. “A new U.S. record,” said Dr. John M. Douglas Jr. of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More bad news: Gonorrhea rates…

Shocking. An epidemiological study of bands in the US and Europe showed that musicians do really die prematurely. Equally shocking: drugs and alcohol are involved. From the BBC: A Liverpool John Moores University study of 1,050 US and European artists found they are twice as likely to die early than the rest of the population.…

Aside from believing that cell phones give you cancer, many individuals report that feelings of illness around cell phones and other electromagnetic fields. This being in spite of the fact that human beings possess no sensory apparatus to detect electromagnetic waves — unless of course you believe that an X-men-esque revolution is impending. Researchers in…

It’s Income, Not Inequality

I found this article interesting, if for no other reason than people seem to be misunderstanding what it says and what it does not say. The article by Leigh and Jencks for the Kennedy School of Government is entitled “Inequality and Mortality: Long-Run Evidence from a Panel of Countries.” It compares the inequalities of income…