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Archives for January, 2009

Got the clap? E-mail your buddies!

Jake over at Pure Pedantry has a post up about eCards used to warn of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and while the idea is certainly humorous, it’s probably a really good idea. The story has popped up a few times in the last several months, most recently in the New York Times. The basic idea…

Oh, and a new banner!

If you like the new banner, kudos goes to Matt Yarbrough. I don’t really know who he is, but he was kind enough to design a banner and work with the picky blogger on a font. For the rest of the info on the image and copyrights, see the About page.

What will January 20th do for medicine?

Make no little plans; they have no power to stir men’s blood. —Daniel Burnham The last eight years have seen subtle and not-so subtle predations on the practice of medicine. Will the new administration be able to promote the kind of change we need? Let’s review some of the challenges facing the Obama administration. Ethical…

Salmonella–a little background

You’ve probably read about the current Salmonella outbreak. It’s a fine example of what can happen when food is produced and distributed on an industrial scale—even one small contamination event can spread widely in the food supply, and there isn’t much of a system in place to follow the trail of contaminants. Others have covered…

Science Communication 2.0

I can’t say enough about ScienceOnline09, and about how useful meetings like this can be. When you toss a bunch of smart people from various disciplines together, add a little ethanol, and shake vigorously, you get some interesting results. I had the chance to chat a bit with Dave Munger (hi Dave, hi Greta—great to…

I believe!

I’m normally not one to believe in the improbable, but someone has laid some serious ju-ju on me. While away at my fabulous geek-cation, my computer bit it, my furnace at home died, and….(God, I can hardly type it…)…MY DSL WENT DOWN!!!1! Just in time for the launch of my brand-spanking-new blog, just in time…

Carolina dreamin’

The locals say it’s cold, but North Carolina rocks. It’s warm (meaning greater than 20 degrees F), hilly, piney. And people here are friendly. Here at ScienceOnline09 there is so much to do, both intellectually and socially, that I’m overwhelmed. In fact, even my computer is overwhelmed and is officially useless. The ScienceBlogs intern (who…

PalCast #5—road ramblings

OK, in all the recent chaos, I finally got PalCast # 5 out. It touches on some wide-ranging issues: the screwed up US health care system, pooled risk, hospitalists, and the ethics of being a doctor-blogger. Reference Andrew B. Bindman, Arpita Chattopadhyay, and Glenna M. Auerback Interruptions in Medicaid Coverage and Risk for Hospitalization for…

Accomodation or contortion?

Remember those pesky conscience laws the Bush administration is trying to ram into our collective orifaces on their way out the door? No? Let me remind you. You see, the theocrats who are on their way out on Tuesday want to step up enforcement of the so-called Church Amendment, which protect health care providers (defined…

Fear the clowns

As I sit in my (very narrow) seat on a DC-9 heading for North Carolina, one thing in particular strikes me: I’m really, really pleased that there is no such thing as “alternative engineering”. It’s not that “allopathic” or “mainstream” engineers never make mistakes—bridges collapse, cars break, computers die—but most of the time, our buildings,…