Category Archives: Public Health

Don’t Eat Where You (or Your Cattle) Sh-t

And I mean that literally (boldface mine): On April 27, 2015, the Whatcom County Health Department (WCHD) in Bellingham, Washington, was notified by a local laboratory regarding three children with presumptive Escherichia coli O157 infection. WCHD interviewed the parents, who … Continue reading

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Foodborne Illness and Naked Self-Interest

Well, we’re nearing winter time, and that means…norovirus! Which is also known as winter vomiting disease and is every bit as fun as it sounds. When it comes to sick leave, I am utterly baffled by conservative opposition to it. … Continue reading

Posted in Conservatives, Food, Fucking Morons, Public Health, Viruses

Urban Air Pollution Is Still A Problem: No ‘Grand Bargain’ On Pollution

Gregg Easterbrook offers this, erm, Third Way Grand Bargain on air pollution and global warming: Decades ago the E.P.A.’s target for urban smog levels was 120 parts per billion of air. The level has gone down in stages to 75 … Continue reading

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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

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