Category Archives: Public Health

Our Agricultural Innovation Lags Behind China

One common belief is that, in the U.S., we are encumbered by environmental regulations, while other, supposedly less developed countries gain short-term economic advantages by poisoning their environments. As this article about the environmental damage caused by pig production suggests, … Continue reading

Posted in Bidness, Environment, Food, Public Health | 1 Comment

Downplaying the Effects of Vaccine-Preventable Disease

It’s one of the more odious anti-vaccine tactics: arguing that diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, or diphtheria have minor health consequences. We learned last week that a man who was immunocompromised was killed by measles virus, which he likely … Continue reading

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A Question About Oxford Nanopore and the Cost Model

This is the first mention of how much the much-vaunted Oxford Nanopore sequencing technology might cost (boldface mine): Oxford Nanopore said last month that it plans to make the MinIon sequencer commercially available through the MinIon Access Program. Customers need … Continue reading

Posted in Genomics, Public Health | 4 Comments

Did Vaccination Just Become a Partisan Issue?

If California is any indication, the answer, tragically, is yes (boldface mine): …many states have since taken up legislation to make it harder for parents to skip vaccines. One such bill in California, SB 277, would remove the “personal belief … Continue reading

Posted in Conservatives, Fucking Morons, Public Health, Vaccination | 2 Comments

Wyoming’s War on Microbiology

Well, they’re not calling it that, but this Wyoming law is definitely not going to make our water cleaner, or stop the spread of antibiotic resistance genes (boldface mine): …the new law makes it a crime to gather data about … Continue reading

Posted in Conservatives, E. coli, Public Health, The War on Science | 5 Comments

Why You Can’t Let Conservatives Be in Charge of Public Health: The Mike Pence Edition

I’ve discussed before how the policies of the Republican Governor of Indiana, Mike Pence, led to an HIV outbreak (most of the infected also contracted hepatitis C). But that fucking numbskull seems to have learned absolutely nothing from the experience … Continue reading

Posted in Conservatives, Public Health

Carbapenem-Resistant Organisms Are Prevalent in Bangladeshi Environmental Samples–This Is Really Bad

We’re not going to be able to contain this (boldface mine): Carriage of the New Delhi metallo-β-lactamase variant 1 (NDM-1) enables drug resistance to move between communities and hospitals. In Bangladesh, we found the blaNDM-1 gene in 62% of environmental … Continue reading

Posted in Antibiotics, E. coli, NDM-1, Public Health | 3 Comments