Category Archives: Public Health

This Isn’t The Way To Prevent Antibiotic Misuse

From a NY Times article about companies that are jacking up the prices of generic drugs: Doxycycline, an antibiotic, went from $20 a bottle in October 2013 to $1,849 by April 2014, according to the two lawmakers. Deoxycycline is a … Continue reading

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The Perpetual Problem of Public Health: The NYC HIV Testing Edition

I realize I’m a couple weeks late to this story about public health cuts. Then again, it’s not as if the problem resolved itself in the meantime. New York City has done something very foolish–and hasn’t done anything to fix … Continue reading

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Ebola and Electronic Hospital Records

As part of my day job, I work with infectious disease specialists who are experiencing the shift to electronic record keeping. So this doesn’t surprise me at all (boldface mine): “The lack of complete history taking, particularly travel history assessment, … Continue reading

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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

Posted in Public Health, Vaccination, Viruses

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

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