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Most of my blog reading this week has involved swine flu; feel free to add non-flu-related links to other worthwhile blog posts in the comments. (More flu links are welcome, too.) First, a few numbers: CDC has confirmed 141 cases in the US; Mexico reports that it has 358 confirmed cases; and the WHO reports…

Friday Blog Roundup

A very small selection of this week’s interesting blog posts: Effect Measure is staying on top of the news of a swine flu outbreak; 16 of 61 apparent flu deaths in Mexico have been confirmed as swine flu, and 8 people in the US have been diagnosed with swine flu and have recovered. Ezra Klein examines some…

Friday Blog Roundup

Today’s big news is that EPA has officially determined that greenhouse-gas emissions pose a threat to public health and welfare. Over at Gristmill, Kate Sheppard explains what this all means (and tells you how to submit a public comment), Jonathan Hiskes and rounds up reactions from industry, environmentalists, and politicians. Elsewhere:

Friday Blog Roundup

The ways drugs are tested and marketed are under the spotlight these days: Liz Kowalczyk at White Coat Notes reports that doctors at Massachusetts Partners HealthCare hospitals will  no longer be allowed to accept gifts, meals, or “speakers bureau” travel from drug companies. Sarah Rubenstein at WSJ’s Health Blog explores the new Johns Hopkins policy,…

Friday Blog Roundup

There’s new climate legislation in the House (Waxman-Markey), and bloggers have a lot to say about it: David Doniger at NRDC’s Switchboard explains what’s in each of the bill’s four titles. Also at Switchboard, Melanie Nakagawa examines what the bill does for clean technology in developing countries.(And check the blog’s US Law and Policy page…

Friday Blog Roundup

Bloggers weigh in on some of the questions in US healthcare reform: Ezra Klein explains what a public insurance option is, and describes three different forms it could take. Maggie Mahar at Health Beat asks whether health insurers are really giving up much ground when they promise community ratings in exchange for an individual mandate,…

Friday Blog Roundup

Sunday is World Water Day, so bloggers are highlighting water issues: Ronnie Cohen at NRDC’s Switchboard and Kevin Ferguson at Gristmill report from the World Water Forum, which is going on this week in Istanbul. Melanie Nakagawa, also at Switchboard, emphasizes the economic benefits that clean water investments yield. Robert Stavins, also at Gristmill, suggests approaching water management…

Friday Blog Roundup

Bloggers are reacting to the news of major scientific fraud: Massachusetts anesthesiologist Dr. Scott Reuben falsified data in his published studies for more than a decade. Janet Stemwedel at Adventures in Ethics and Science explores the effects of Dr. Reuben’s duplicity on anesthesiology and surgical patients. Orac at Respectful Insolence considers how Dr. Reuben was…

Friday Blog Roundup

There’s been a lot of news about Obama appointees this week: Mike Dunford at The Questionable Authority is furious about the secret holds placed on the nominations of John Holdren (for Science Advisor) and Jane Lubchenco (to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), and urges readers to “raise more hell over this issue.” Maggie…

Friday Blog Roundup

Bloggers have lots of thoughts on Obama’s budget: Merrill Goozner at GoozNews gives us the big picture Maggie Mahar at Health Beat explores the challenges of the budget’s approach to healthcare Ezra Klein explains how it addresses the question of an individual mandate for health insurance Sarah Rubenstein at WSJ’s Health Blog highlights proposed spending…