Category Archives: Public Health

“Just a Few IQ Points”

When the story of the Flint, MI mass poisoning broke, it was clear, based on existing research, just how much of a future educational catastrophe this will be for an already stressed community (boldface added): To put this in context, … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Environment, Public Health, The Rule of Law | 1 Comment

El Salvador’s Response to Zika: Don’t Get Pregnant–Until 2018

Somehow I don’t think this is going to be too successful (boldface mine): El Salvador is taking an unprecedented step in its bid to prevent kids from developing birth defects caused by the Zika virus — urging women to avoid … Continue reading

Posted in Blastocyst Liberation, Public Health, Viruses | 1 Comment

Failing Water and Failing Schools

Flint, Michigan is another predominantly black city in the U.S. whose local government has been replaced by a governor-appointed dictator (usually given the benign title of ‘manager’). This is usually in response to budget deficits and other monetary woes. However, … Continue reading

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Colistin Resistance Is Now Linked to Carbapenem Resistance: We Failed

For those just tuning in, a little over a month ago, the microbiology and public health world was rocked by the discovery of plasmid-borne colistin resistance: First, some background: polymyxins, including polymyxin E also known as colistin, are the last … Continue reading

Posted in Antibiotics, E. coli, Plasmids, Public Health, We're Really Fucked | 5 Comments

Texas Begins HIV Transmission Program

Not exactly sure how this saves lives (boldface mine): Amid an ongoing battle over Planned Parenthood’s participation in the state Medicaid program, Texas health officials are cutting off funding to a Planned Parenthood affiliate for an HIV prevention program. In … Continue reading

Posted in Blastocyst Liberation, Conservatives, Fucking Morons, HIV, Public Health | 3 Comments

If Reformers Can’t Keep the Schools Clean, Why Should We Trust Them on Education?

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has come under fire for, among other things, embracing education reform and privatization of school services. Unfortunately, when it comes to the basic health of students, not so much embracing (probably a good thing if they’re … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Public Health | 1 Comment

Why Krugman’s Sort of Pessimism Is Right For the Wrong Reasons

Paul Krugman observes this about the pace of technological innovation (boldface mine): You see, I got my Ph.D. in 1977, the year of the first Star Wars movie, which means that I have basically spent my whole professional life in … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Energy, Public Health | 2 Comments