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Archives for June, 2009

Off to the pharmacy

The last month has been pretty busy at the office, with lots of H1N1 influenza. I’ve been quite lucky, but the last couple of days I’ve had some pretty close exposures. The other day I gave a nebulizer treatment to a patient with wheezing who turned out to have the flu (I was not wearing…

It’s just disgusting.  Autism spectrum disorders are an important health problem (although not the “epidemic” claimed by some).  While real scientists and clinicians (and parents) are looking for causes and treatments based on evidence, fake experts are pulling “answers” out of their backsides.  Studies of families with autism have shown specific genetic defects associated with…

Unsafe at any…er…

People in my profession are at increased risk for acquiring certain diseases: tuberculosis, HIV, hepatitis B and C, and some others. We vaccinate against the ones we can (primarily hepatitis B) and exercise universal precautions, which involves careful attention to bodily fluids and other infectious tissue. The basic rule is, “assume everyone has a blood-borne…

We already know the hate-filled bag of right-wing goatfuckery, Rush Limbaugh, wants the head of state of the USA to “fail”. There was a lot of argument from idiots about what that meant. The excuses were flying: “fail” meant his “socialist agenda”, not his goal of saving the US from this recession, and other such…

I know, I know, I don’t usually do politics, but Rush is really chapping my ass right about now. His comments are always outrageously hate-filled diatribes, and he’s getting harder to ignore every day. What’s worse, his followers eagerly suckle at the teat intolerance, finding solace in his affirmation of their own bigotry. And finally,…

Righteous Among Nations

“Whosoever saves a single life, saves an entire universe” In Memoriam Stephen T. Johns, Righteous Among Nations

My head just asploded! Twice!

The Huffington Post put up a good piece about vaccination. It’s by Dr. Harvey Karp, and he does an especially nice job looking at some of the “scary numbers” used by the infectious disease promoters. He’s also getting swamped with wackaloon comments, so if you don’t mind giving HuffPo your clicks, you might want to…

One of the concepts we often discuss around here is “what is disease?” As we’ve seen in the discussion of Lyme disease and so-called Morgellons syndrome, this is not always an easy question to answer. Knowing what states are disease states does not always yield a black-or-white answer. The first step is usually to define…

To wear the mantle of Galileo, it is not enough to be persecuted: you must also be right. —Robert Park As a physician, it’s hard for me to support the absurd media fashion of presenting two, equal sides to every issue. In politics, perhaps, many debates have two equally-valid viewpoints, but this isn’t so in…

A “fan” on twitter sent me the crushing news that all I believed about the science of Lyme disease is wrong. Unlike many fans, he cited a source, a well-known New England publication. The New England Journal of Medicine? Nope. The Darien (CT) Times. According to the headline, “surveys refute national Lyme disease findings.” So…