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It's definitely Springtime for facemask makers as citizens all over the world don them in an attempt to protect themselves from swine flu. Indeed, some have taken to pimping their mask out, as did the young man below:
Kudos to the Centers for Disease Control for marching onto the Internet to share information related to swine flu with us. For those who are looking for information, there are several ways to track the latest:
(Note: not an inclusive list, so if readers know others, le… Read full post »
Tommy Franks supposedly said, "we don't do body counts."
So a few doctors did it for him:
Today's New England Journal of Medicine has an article reviewing civilian deaths in Iraq, and framing the enormous loss of life as a serious public health problem.
The aut… Read full post »
Over the past 18 months, technology companies are jumping into one the biggest untapped frontiers in the economy: Health care.
Among the groups taking the leap are Microsoft and Google. Both have launched products called Personal Health Records over the pa… Read full post »
As a physician, I’ve been struck by how much our nation’s discussion of economic matters has started to resemble how we talk about sick patients. To see what I mean, just read the following fable:
&n… Read full post »
My wife and I rarely find shows we both like. She's Gray's Anatomy and Desperate Housewives; I'm BSG and Mad Men. But one show we do meet in the middle on is Tina Fey's 3o Rock.
Reports have arisent that the editors of the prestigious Journal of the Medical Association(JAMA) are under investigation for attempting to intimidate a doctor.
The reason? Whistle-blowing.
If this sounds like an episode of Gossip Girl… Read full post »
Some news about children's health caught my eye last month caught my eye, something we don't hear much about.
The World Health Organization reported that each year, 950,000 kids die from injuries. That's genuinely disheartening. There's nothing more u… Read full post »
My article in Salon earlier this week, “Physician, heal thy system” generated a lot of great letters about President Obama’s vision for reform and the details of his plan. I wanted to share some of them (or excerpts) in this post: &… Read full post »
If you were a baby in 19th Century England you may have been better off without teeth.
That's because according to government records, it turns out that 5% of kids died as a result of teething. While that's not an public health crisis, it's not trivial either.
Flu season seems to be heating up, with spikes in the number of cases throughout the whole country, and very high activity in 16 states
If you're curious about where you live, check out Google's Flu Tracker
The thing that seems to have health officials worried and scratching their heads this… Read full post »
Last week, Salon published my essay “The Fear About Peanut Allergies is Nuts.” A lot the concern about food allergies, I argued in the piece, is driven by shallow science that’s been pushed by advocacy groups like the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FA/… Read full post »
Last Friday, the CDC reported the that a child in Minnesota died. The cause of death was meningitis from a bacteria known as Haemophilus influenzae type B. If you're not sure what meningitis is, it's an infection of the fluid and tissues that surround… Read full post »
Day one of the Obama admin, and still no word about who will be the next Surgeon General. As you'll recall, the rumors were that CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta had been offered the job. However, it's not clear whether that's true, whether he's still thinking abo… Read full post »
Readers of this blog may remember my admission of Batmania, which I confessed to last summer when The Dark Knight came out. It was in a post at that time that I examined the Medical Afflictions of the Batman and his Enemies.
Recently the movie came out on… Read full post »
Have the itch to play doctor? Well, if you have an iPhone, you're in luck, as the Apple App Store has many, many health applications you can download, thus allowing you to completely bypass the absolute horror called med school and residency. … Read full post »
No more news on the whether Sanjay Gupta will be appointed Surgeon General Yet, but speculation continues to be rampant. Here is Jon Stewart and Asif Mand… Read full post »
At the end of a long day seeing patients, when we should have been exhaused, one of my colleagues and I, both of us Indian, couldn't stop talking about the news that Sanjay Gupta appears to be President-Elect Obama's choice to be Surgeon General. This would m… Read full post »
While I usually don't have time to do this much posting on OS, I couldn't resist borrowing the following list from the book Quack!: Tales of Medical Fraud from the Museum of Questionable Medical Devices by Bob McCoy, who oversee the museum's collection
The latest in the long, dubious lineage of snakeoil salesmen was exposed yesterday by the Wall Street Journal--Dr. David Sinclair, a biochemist at none other than Harvard Medical School. Sinclair has a leading researcher into the effects of Resveratrol, a compound that na… Read full post »
Is the King of Pop dying?
Reports surfaced today that Michael Jackson may be gravely ill with a genetic disorder that's eating away at his lungs. That news comes from Ian Halperin, author of a recent Jackson biography.
The disorder is called alpha-1-antitrypsin… Read full post »
Recession got you and and your pocketbook down? Feeling that lack of consumer confidence? Need a little extra cash to augment this year's pissy Christmas bonus? If so, take a look in a very familiar place:
It turns out your body c… Read full post »
Stock market guru Bernard Madoff fell hard from his perch this week--arrested for masterminding a $50 billion swindle. He now gets to join a storied Rogue's Gallery of stock market grifters that includes Ivan Boesky, Michael Milken, Ken Lay and the Enron Boys, etc.
Has there ever been so much hysteria about the well being of a businessman?
Apple fanatics were speculating about the health of the company's iconic CEO, Steve Jobs again this week. Jobs has a history pancreatic cancer, the details of which h… Read full post »