Return from the dead

Apologies for the radio silence, so to speak. October has been a killer month for me and November won't be that much better, but I'll work on getting back to posting on a regular basis, including a new post for tomorrow. In the meantime, a few things to check out:

Mike on treating strep throat (which he's correct is near and dear to my heart--though not literally, thankfully, since they can cause heart disease!).

A belated Friday the 13th Tangled Bank

Last week's Grand Rounds.

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