Monthly Archives: December 2006

Gut Yontif!

Have a Merry Christmas!
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Posted in Bloggity Blog | 4 Comments

It’s My Birthday

…so no blogging. Instead, I’ll leave you with a “make sexy time” photo (to steal Borat’s phrase):
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Posted in Let's Talk About Sex, Baby, Microbiology, Plasmids | 11 Comments

The Failure of ‘Empirical Antibiotic Therapy’ For Urinary Tract Infections

At a recent conference (pdf), Dr. Rebecca Roberts described how medical residents and doctors treat urinary tract infections. But first, a bit about ’empirical therapy.’
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Posted in Antibiotics, Healthcare, Microbiology, Public Health | 4 Comments

More Scentmarking For Jesus

Pam at Pandagon describes two workers in Texas “who were fired after praying over another staff member’s cubicle and anointing it with olive oil.” Where had I heard about similar lunacy before? The Alito hearings.
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Posted in Fucking Morons, Religion | 3 Comments

Competition and Antibiotic Resistance

At a recent conference I attended, one speaker (Dominique Monnet) presented a very interesting observation about the relationship between the number of different antibiotics available and the amount of antibiotics prescribed.
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Posted in Antibiotics, Economics, Healthcare, Microbiology, Public Health | 2 Comments

The Brotherhood of Ivanwald: Our Country Is Still Run By Crazy People

Well, the Republicans aren’t in charge of Congress anymore, but they still can bring the crazy.
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Posted in Civil Liberties, Conservatives, Religion | 6 Comments

In Defense of Revere

Revere, over at Effect Measure, has a solid critique of Michael Fumento’s opinion piece about avian flu. What the piece shows is just how ignorant of public health Fumento really is.
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Posted in Conservatives, Fucking Morons, Funding, Influenza, Public Health, The War on Science, Vaccination | 4 Comments

The Economic Cost of Antibiotic Resistance: The Cook County Edition

At a recent conference, I heard Dr. Rebecca Roberts describe the economic cost of antibiotic resistant infections at Cook County’s Stroger Hospital. In a nutshell, it’s terrifying.
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The Bit About the Vance Travesty Nobody Has Mentioned

You might have heard about the U.S. contractor who volunteered to be an FBI informant. For his service, he received 90+ days of Gitmoization. As hideous as that is, there are some other disturbing points in the NY Times story.
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Posted in Civil Liberties, Iraq, Military | 1 Comment

Ninety Percent of Americans Are Evil Sluts

The Guttmacher Institute has released a report showing that 90% of Americans have engaged in premarital sex.
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Posted in Conservatives, Let's Talk About Sex, Baby, Public Health | 12 Comments