Category Archives: Public Health

Death Panels Redux: The National Guideline Clearinghouse Edition

So the Trump Administration has decided that evidence-based medicine is stupid (boldface mine): The Trump Administration is planning to eliminate a vast trove of medical guidelines that for nearly 20 years has been a critical resource for doctors, researchers and … Continue reading

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

We Need National Mandatory Sick Leave

Or, as some asshole with a blog put it, “Would you like some norovirus with that Subway sandwich?” But workplace transmission isn’t just for norovirus! (boldface mine): For 20 million Americans, staying home sick is a luxury. Every year, that … Continue reading

Posted in Influenza, Public Health

Noise Is Pollution, Not Just An Annoyance

But I’m sure Scott Pruitt’s EPA will get on this (boldface mine): Noise is “the new secondhand-smoke issue,” said Bradley Vite, who pushed for regulations in Elkhart, Ind., that come with some of the nation’s steepest fines. “It took decades … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, Public Health | 6 Comments

A Problem With Microbiological Rapid Diagnostics

On the whole, rapid microbiological diagnostics are a good thing, as they can cut the diagnosis time from days (often 36-48 hours) down to a few hours. Depending on the organism and the test, they are often either be a … Continue reading

Posted in E. coli, Public Health | 1 Comment

Medical Supply Chains And Industrial Policy

After Il Trumpe’s latest policy utterance on steel tariffs and trade, there has been much discussion about trade, manufacturing, protectionism, and the like. Usually, these discussions, when drawing on examples, focus on steel, cars, or other large consumer goods. It … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Public Health | 3 Comments

In Public Health, Defending The Status Quo Isn’t Good Enough

Public health programs, which is to say their funding, are under assault by Il Trumpe and the Republicans (WORST BAND NAME EVAR). Recently, they announced they would cut programs that track and combat infectious disease in other countries–for those of … Continue reading

Posted in Funding, Influenza, Public Health

Clostridioides Difficile Is Expensive

The infection known as ‘C diff’ is caused by the organism Clostridioides* difficile. It’s often the result of antibiotic therapy, since antibiotic use can disrupt the normal microbial flora, making way for C. difficile. This means this infections are likely … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Microbiology, Public Health | 1 Comment