Category Archives: Public Health

We Dodged A Bullet With Former HHS Secretary Price

Admittedly, it’s not Tom Price, but his wife and Georgia lawmaker Betty Price (boldface mine): State Rep. Betty Price, a Republican from Roswell, suggested quarantining people living with HIV during a House study committee meeting addressing the barriers HIV-positive people … Continue reading

Posted in CDC, Civil Liberties, Conservatives, HIV, NIH, Public Health

The Opioid Crisis Will Be With Us For Decades: Lessons From D.C.

D.C. offers a sobering lesson about just how long a drug addiction crisis lasts in a community (boldface mine): While other jurisdictions across the country grapple with opioid overdoses among their white residents, the District offers a unique perspective. The … Continue reading

Posted in DC, Drugs, 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