Category Archives: Public Health

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 | 2 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

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Lots to Like About Obama’s Antibiotic Resistance Initiative, But Something Is Missing

Mostly missing. I’ll take Obama’s initiative to combat antibiotic resistance–there’s a lot of good stuff in there, though, as always, on certain regulatory issues (e.g., reducing antibiotic use in agriculture, and reporting standards for antibiotic use in the NHSN) the … Continue reading

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The Clinical Significance of Measles: A Review

This was in the queue, and seems relevant giving at least one conservative pundit’s claim that measles isn’t “that big of a deal“. That’s the rather anodyne title of this article (open access) that describes the effects of measles infections … Continue reading

Posted in Public Health, Vaccination

GOP Senator Proposes Norovirus Dissemination Plan

Well, he didn’t call it that, but Republican Senator Thom “Taking the As out of Thomas” Tillis proposed this interesting infection control policy (boldface mine): In a week packed with news over concerns for public health, Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) … Continue reading

Posted in Conservatives, Fucking Morons, Public Health, Viruses, Vomit | 2 Comments

When It Comes to Vaccination, The Kids Are Not Alright

Too often, younger adults are incorrectly faulted for doing things wrong (e.g., they’re actually doing better than their parents did academically). But, as a recent YouGov poll shows, when it comes to vaccination, younger adults really need to pull their … Continue reading

Posted in Polling, Public Health, Vaccination | 3 Comments