Category Archives: Public Health

D.C., Murder, and Lead

While I’m wary of monocausal explanations, one case where I’ll make an exception has to do with lead poisoning and crime. As Kevin Drum has pointed out (for a very long time), there is compelling evidence that the surge in … Continue reading

Posted in Crime, DC, Public Health | 1 Comment

The Politics Of Abortion In The Mainland Colony

There’s a very good Washingtonian article about what will happen to women’s medical care if Roe v. Wade is repealed–definitely worth the read. But it also describes what happens to public policy when you’re governed under the ethos of extreme … Continue reading

Posted in Blastocyst Liberation, Conservatives, DC, Democrats, Public Health | 1 Comment

Urgent Care Centers Are Misusing Antibiotics

This is a problem (boldface mine): Visits for antibiotic-inappropriate respiratory diagnoses accounted for 17% (n = 10 009) of retail clinic visits, 16% (n = 441 605) of urgent care center visits, 6% (n = 9 203 276) of medical office visits, and 5% (n = 257 010) of ED visits. Among visits … Continue reading

Posted in Antibiotics, 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