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As noted in the comments to his post, Cervantes over at Stayin' Alive has written a "depressingly excellent" summary of the state of health in Iraq as we approach the 3-year post-invasion mark. To put it mildly, it ain't a pretty picture. Iraq, public health
I just finished reading Erica Goode's Times story on the suicides of four soldiers who served together in a small North Carolina-based Guard unit in Iraq from 2006 to spring 2007. This is a witheringly painful story. Goode, who has done quite a bit of science writing as well as substantial…
Big psych news of the day is that a big JAMA study debunked the "depression gene" -- that is, this big new study (by Risch et alia, in JAMA, today) found that, contrary to a famous earlier big study (Caspi et alia, in Science, 2003), the short ("bad") form of a particular gene called 5-HTT does NOT…
A bit early yet, but as I'm traveling the rest of the month, here's my top 5 over the last month. 1. The Weird History of Adjuvants, in which we ponder the inclusion of eye of newt and such in vaccines, and the strangeness of the fact that dirty is good. 2. Why is the swine flu vaccine so late…