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Sunday morning reflections

The Midwest loves extremes. Our spring is a quick, cold bucket of water to the face, and the fall a brief but intense set of umber and auburn brush strokes on the landscape. Today is neither of those, but still, hot, and humid enough to make breathing uncomfortable. So I’m looking out the window, rather…

I shouldn’t see any cases of pertussis (“whooping cough”), but I do. We have a safe, effective and affordable vaccine. But still, people are getting this disease. In the age group I see (adults), immunity has often waned, and if they haven’t been revaccinated, they can get the disease and pass it on. In adults…

Would this work in Kansas?

Catherine Shoichet, a reporter at CNN, is reporting on a unique (as far as I know) public health intervention. For a few bucks, a randy Switzer can have a three pack of condoms delivered by bike in one hour. How cool is that?

I was a bit torn when trying to figure out how to approach this piece.  A reader emailed me about an article in the Huffington Post, and there is so much wrong with it that I felt overwhelmed.  My solution is to focus on a few of the problems that can help illuminate broader points.…

Yes, this is a repost, sort of. I first put this up on denialism blog in December of 2008. For various reasons, I haven’t had a chance to crank out anything fresh this weekend, but this is still a good one, and I’ve edited it to freshen it up a bit, so don’t complain until…

Confound it!

This article is going to be about sex. I promise. But first, some reflections. Well, Pepsipocalypse continues. The Management pulled the ill-conceived PepsiCo nutrition blog, which is a Good Thing. This doesn’t change my misgivings about what has happened. As many other bloggers have already stated, the Pepsi fiasco is a single, highly-public event, but…

Quack-busting is dangerous work

First, I’d like to thank you all on commenting on the weekend’s de-lurking post. I really appreciate your taking the time to leave a note. While I write what I feel like, it’s nice to get an idea about what sort of things people are reading. For various reasons, I’ve preferred to write on diverse…

In February, a young woman visited an urgent care clinic complaining of painful vaginal ulcers.  The differential diagnosis of genital ulcers is interesting.  Common sexually transmitted infections such as gonorrhea and chlamydia don’t cause ulcers, but syphilis, herpes, chanchroid do (as do other diseases, but they are not common in the U.S.).  Syphilis is typically…

The Great Zombie Hoax

ZombiePal, thanks to Ataraxia Theatre Scene: Harpo Studios, Chicago, IL, under heavy guard Dramatis personae: Oprah Winfrey, talk show host; Jenny McCarthy, famous person; Erica Turner, un-dead North Sider Oprah: Jenny, you have been such a maverick. It takes a brave person, one with great inner strength, to say things that are unpopular. How is…

Signs of life in medical social media

Many of us who are involved in social media have bemoaned the sluggishness of our own professions in adopting new media. There are two notable developments in my own field that seem to be holding up. The first is the twitter stream for the American Medical News. This is an online and print newsletter put…