Category Archives: Public Health

Prospective Bacterial Genomic Surveillance

One of the things the evul federal gummint is gearing up to every food borne bacterial disease isolate that is sent to either the CDC or public health labs in what is known as the GenomeTrakr Network (I’ve heard this … Continue reading

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Speed Kills

And I’m not talking about meth. Edward Humes has some pretty radical ideas for dealing with the U.S.’s out-of-control vehicle killings (boldface mine): In terms of public health, the National Safety Council’s data on car crashes showed that in 2015, … Continue reading

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On Public Health, The Choice Is Clear

It’s Clinton. When asked by Science Debate about public health, here’s what Clinton had to say (boldface mine): America has witnessed enormous successes with some of its major public health initiatives, such as smoking cessation and water fluoridation. Yet, we … Continue reading

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Sick Leave Lowers Flu Transmission: Lessons From D.C.

I’ve discussed many, many, many times how stupid it is to oppose sick leave policies. After all, do you really want someone who is sick handling your food? (Answer: no). A recent working paper appears to back up that claim. … Continue reading

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It Sucks To Be This Patient: The Seven CPO Edition

It really does for this New Zealand (‘NZ’) patient (boldface mine): Here, we report the isolation of seven distinct CPO [carbapenemase producing organisms–resistant to the last line beta-lactam antibiotics], together with an ESBL-producing Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Proteus mirabilis with an … Continue reading

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Republicans Threaten Children With Brain Damage In Order To Advance Far-Right Agenda

That’s what the headline of this NYT article should read (boldface mine): As Congress returned from a seven-week recess on Tuesday, Senate Democrats again stymied a $1.1 billion plan to fight the Zika virus, demanding that Republicans drop an effort … Continue reading

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Bacterial Whole Genome Sequencing And The Clinic: The Future Is Almost Here

I heard this talk almost a year ago*, so I’m glad this paper is finally out (I’ll translate into English below; boldface mine): The increasing prevalence of multidrug-resistant (MDR) bacteria is a serious global challenge. Here, we studied prospectively whether … Continue reading

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