Category Archives: Public Health

The Difference Between Healthcare And Health Insurance: The Opioid Edition

In all of the debate about the healthcare system–which is actually a debate about paying for healthcare–what goes missing is, well, healthcare. That is, does the healthcare system increase or decrease lifespan, quality of life, and so on. Which brings … Continue reading

Posted in Healthcare, Public Health | 2 Comments

Betsy McCaughey Engages In Classic Whattaboutism On Healthcare

So I came across this op-ed about Medicaid by Betsy McCaughey, a long-time foe of, well, any healthcare insurance improvements (and who also thinks we can combat the antibiotic resistance problem with hospital choice), and, surprisingly, it started off well … Continue reading

Posted in Conservatives, Healthcare, Microbiology, Public Health

Chemical Saftey During The Reign Of Il Trumpe

Only one month after the Trump administration liberated us from the horrors of pesticide regulation, this happened (boldface mine): On May 5, more than 50 farmworkers outside of Bakersfield, California, were exposed to a highly toxic pesticide that apparently drifted … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture, Conservatives, Food, Public Health

Automobile Deaths As A Public Health Problem

One of the least discussed public health crisis are U.S. road deaths. In fact, when they are discussed, it’s usually along the lines of ‘this year, [bad thing X] surpassed road deaths.’ It never seems to occur to anyone that … Continue reading

Posted in Automobiles, Public Health | 6 Comments

Lessons From D.C.’s Botched Zika Surveillance Program

Once again, we are reminded that our scientific and public health infrastructure is not some massive edifice, but is usually a handful of people operating with very limited budgets. Which can lead to some real problems (boldface mine): When Anthony … Continue reading

Posted in DC, Public Health

Hiring Freezes Have Consequences: Enjoy That Burger

Or salad (boldface mine): At the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the other federal agency primarily involved in food safety efforts, the federal hiring freeze imposed by the new administration is having an impact on the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS). … Continue reading

Posted in Conservatives, Food, Public Health

Man’s–And Clostridium difficile’s–Best Friend

This is disturbing (boldface mine; added line breaks for clarity): Nosocomial acquisition of Clostridium difficile is well documented, yet recent studies have highlighted the importance of community acquired infections and identified community associated reservoirs for this pathogen. Multiple studies have … Continue reading

Posted in Antibiotics, Public Health | 2 Comments