Category Archives: 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

Resistant Bacteria, Possibly Much Deadlier Than We Thought

Or as we often say around here, you have to understand the limitations of your data–in this case, hospital records (boldface mine): Sharley McMullen of Manhattan Beach came down with a fever just hours after being wheeled out of a … Continue reading

Posted in KPC, 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

Posted in E. coli, Food, Genomics, Public Health

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

Posted in Public Health, Transportation | 6 Comments