Category Archives: Public Health

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

Seven Deadly Words At The CDC

So Il Trumpe is doing this to the CDC: The Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the nation’s top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases — including “fetus” and “transgender” — in official documents … Continue reading

Posted in CDC, Civil Liberties, Conservatives, Fucking Morons, Propaganda, Public Health, Resistance Rebellion And Death | 2 Comments

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