Category Archives: Public Health

Why Open Access Matters

It turns out that Ebola, rather than being something never experienced before in Liberia, seems to have caused infections there previously (boldface mine): The conventional wisdom is wrong. We were stunned recently when we stumbled across an article by European … Continue reading

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I Have Your Genomics Killer App Right Here, Pal

When I first saw this TechCrunch article “Genomics Needs A Killer App“, I thought it was April Fool’s Day come early (an aside: how about funding the applied genetics we already know to do? Just asking). But in fact, it … Continue reading

Posted in Bidness, Genomics, Public Health | 1 Comment

Antibiotic Resistance: The End of Eras Versus the Death of Silver Bullets

The type of antibiotic resistance you typically hear about in popular treatments is of the ‘ZOMG UR GONNA DIE11!!11′ type. In other, more grammatical words, we’re often discussing the evolution of organisms that are untreatable, such as carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (‘CRE’). … Continue reading

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When the War on Planned Parenthood Makes People (Very) Sick

A few years back, when the rightwing assault on Planned Parenthood kicked into high gear, I explained why I supported Planned Parenthood: For the younger readers–and by younger, I mean those in their twenties–it’s hard to describe the AIDS-related paranoia … Continue reading

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The Governor Pence Scandal No One Is Talking About

It really hasn’t been a great week for the state of Indiana, with the worst hit being the signing of ‘right’ to discriminate (against gays) legislation. But what’s lost in all of that is Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has decided … Continue reading

Posted in Basic Human Decency, Conservatives, HIV, Public Health | 3 Comments

The Importance of Surveillance

I really do like Bill Gates’ recent NYT op-ed. But, at the same time, this section makes my head get a little explodey: To begin with, most poor countries, where a natural epidemic is most likely to start, have no … Continue reading

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So Let’s Say We Find a ‘Superbug’ In the Food Supply…

…now what? When I’m not blogging or fighting crime, one of the things I do is worry (along with some science!) about the spread of antibiotic resistance. The U.S. government has several programs that monitor the spread of antibiotic resistance, … Continue reading

Posted in Antibiotics, Food, KPC, NDM-1, Public Health