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Monday, January 26, 2015

Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post: If you want to quantify the alarming impact of the anti-vaccine movement, the chart [at the link] is a good place to start. It plots the cumulative number of new measles cases by month, for each year from 2001 to 2014. But the latest CDC data illustrate the troubling resurgence of a disease that, as of 2000, had been declared eliminated. Anti-vaxxers are quite literally turning back the clock on decades of public health progress. read more


Monday, January 05, 2015

Despite being asked by the family of Officer Wenjian Liu and Police Commissioner William Bratton not to turn their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio Sunday as he spoke at Liu's funeral, many police officers from New York City and other departments did it anyway -- as they had done earlier at Officer Rafael Ramos' service. Bratton said in a memo before the funeral that such actions put all NYPD officers in a bad light. "A hero's funeral is about grieving, not grievance," he said. "It stole the valor, honor and attention that rightfully belonged to the memory of detective Rafael Ramos's life and sacrifice." read more


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It wouldn't surprise me if overuse of hand sanitizers bears some blame as well.

In this case, I'd say no.

C. diff is a problem for two reasons, one it's anaerobic, which makes it quite suitable for colonizing a gut that has had its usual microbiome decimated by antibiotics (the usual reason people get it).

Two, it produces a toxin that causes disease.

en.wikipedia.org

The significance of this is that even after the bug is gone, it can take a while for the toxin to fall below levels to where it doesn't cause symptoms.

All I know is I was hospitalized for three days in grad school for what they thought was C diff. Even though it ended up not being C diff, if the disease is anything like what I had I pity those who get it.

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