December 18, 2010

Run away fast as you can

Way to go Joe. Hardly there, and already an embarrassment....
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February 08, 2010

The Health Care Bill Is Already Filled With Republican Ideas

As Ezra Klein notes here. I don't know what this nonsense thing is that the president is going to hold on the 26th. It's as if the White House and the press are totally ignoring the existence of something called...
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October 02, 2009

Blanche Lincoln and the Republicans Vote Against Maria Cantwell's Washington Model

Look I'm not saying I want her replaced by a Southern Republican, but the senior senator from Wal-Mart (or should that be Arkansas?) is giving Democrats less and less reason to support her re-election. And given how she can't get...
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An Amendment That Would Allow States to Adopt Single-Payer?

If this amendment approved by the Finance Committee becomes law health care reform could vary widely by state - and get very interesting....
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July 31, 2009

Ezra Klein Rips Apart Meghan McArdle's "Arguments" About Health Insurance Reform

I don't know why people read Ms. McArdle, but apparently some still do. Ezra Klein points out why that might not be the best of ideas if you want thoughtful commentary, as opposed to ideological ramblings, on health care issues....
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September 23, 2008

"Greatest health care in the world"

With infection rates that are decidedly less than great. And apparently, we are too poor to take measures to keep up with the rest of the developed world: While the role of clothing in the spread of infection hasn't been...
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July 03, 2008

Once again, thank god for Mississippi

West Virginia is the second fattest state in the union. It's not completely correlated with poverty, but there are regional trends....
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June 10, 2008

Hitchcock Controls Your Brain

Well, not exactly, but "Bang! You're Dead" was a lot more successful at gripping viewers' minds than Curb Your Enthusiasm (via Morris)....
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May 02, 2008

Entire Oklahoma Legislature to go to prison

Well, at least according to the Oklahoma Statutes on forcible sodomy, and forcible sodomy being what they have legislated. And given that they have just proposed to "[force] another person to engage in the detestable and abominable crime against nature"...
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April 17, 2008

The Iraq War and the Mental Health of Our Veterans

These are horrifying, and heartbreaking, numbers. Roughly one in five U.S. troops is suffering from major depression or post-traumatic stress from serving in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and an equal number have suffered brain injuries, a new study...
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March 11, 2008

This thought occurred to me too

...and they did change the photo to a generic medical graphic....
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March 01, 2008

New angle on attacking HIV

Via Queerty, a new scientific discovery: Stephen Barr, a molecular virologist in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, says his team has identified a gene called TRIM22 that can block HIV infection in a cell culture by preventing the...
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February 17, 2008

Put Down That Cheeseburger

It's the largest beef recall in history!...
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January 25, 2008

The Pill=Awesome

Long term Health benefits. ICE? Not so much....
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December 08, 2007

Huckabee Wanted to Quarantine Americans With AIDS?

Ugh, the more I learn about this guy, the more appalling I learn he is. I didn't think there was a Republican candidate (a real one, not a Hunter or Tancredo) I could like less than Rduy or Mitt, but...
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November 26, 2007

Iguana get health insurance

The lizard gets it, but the gays don't: The pets of Palm Beach Community College employees will qualify for discounted group medical insurance beginning in January, but domestic partners are still barred from receiving similar benefits. And guess what? It...
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October 07, 2007

Death and Hospitalizations at the Chicago Marathon

Even though 10,000 of 45,000 registered runners dropped out before the race began, officials closed the course after 4 hours and told people to turn back. Terrible. I started half-heartedly training for a half-marathon this fall and gave it up...
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October 05, 2007


Deaths from amoebas are in the news, garnering attention because of public health concerns, and their possible relation to climate change. While in the last few years, if anyone had mentioned amoebas to me, I would have thought about intestinal...
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Mental illness, addiction, arrest

The spin is on in the case of Carol Ann Gotbaum's death while in police custody. What I don't get about the whole thing, is why they took her to a holding cell, and not to the emergency room or...
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July 24, 2007

Ellis Dies at 93

Since Morris is back and Armand is talking psych, I wanted to note that Albert Ellis passed away: Albert Ellis, whose streamlined, confrontational approach to psychotherapy made him one of the most influential and provocative figures in modern psychology, died...
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June 26, 2007

Yes, Echinacea Has Cold-Fighting Benefits

So in light of this news, I'm wondering if there's any way I can take advantage of the coneflower in my backyard. Actually, that just started blooming again today - 'tis pretty....
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April 22, 2007

Strawberry Daiquiris Are Good For You!

Good to know. Guess we should all hit tacky "Mexican" restaurants soon....
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April 13, 2007

And Today's (Un)Surprising Headline...

Via the Associated Press: WASHINGTON (AP) -- Students who participated in sexual abstinence programs were just as likely to have sex a few years later as those who did not, according to a long-awaited study mandated by Congress. Also, those...
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March 12, 2007

Gotta punish them illegal immigrants

...err, save money....
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March 04, 2007


My head feels like it's full of wet cotton. Anyone got a plunger?...
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February 27, 2007

It's Weird the Way People keep Getting Sick

Oh, wait, no it isn't: The federal agency that's been front and center in warning the public about tainted spinach and contaminated peanut butter is conducting just half the food safety inspections it did three years ago.The cuts by the...
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February 19, 2007

When Politics Censors Science

Your kids get lead in their lunch....
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February 12, 2007

Prison Rape

I found this on Ezra Klein's blog. Why this isn't a bigger deal in our society I'll never understand. That people regularly make jokes about it is nauseating. When I first came to prison, I had no idea what to...
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February 07, 2007

Humidifier, my ass

The whole "get a headache when the barometric pressure drops" thing was fine when I lived in Florida, you know, great for predicting the imminent arrival or hurricanes and all that. But holy mother of, well, all thing holy, do...
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January 23, 2007

"Because I am not mentally stable, you should not be allowed to have an abortion"

That's what this article should have been titled. It's a terrible shame that this woman has suffered a life of misery starting with sexual abuse by a sibling and being raped at the age of 14, if that was truly...
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November 05, 2006

Look for the snippy corporate commentary

Always a sign of someone speaking truth that exposes bullshit claims: The chain, Hannaford Brothers, developed a system called Guiding Stars that rated the nutritional value of nearly all the food and drinks at its stores from zero to three...
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October 24, 2006

We've been telling them this for ages

GAO report critical of abstinence only sex education. Some addition tidbits: According to Columbia University researchers, virginity pledge programs increase pledge-takers' risk for STIs and pregnancy. The study concluded that 88 percent of pledge-takers initiated sex prior to marriage even...
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September 24, 2006


It really depresses me sometimes, that with shit like this , I'm really glad that every day brings me closer to menopause. If my mom is any guide to the timeline, unfortunately, I've got about 20 more years of menstruation...
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September 15, 2006

Spinach, E. Coli and CNN's poor choice of photos

By now everyone has heard about the E. Coli outbreak. If you've got bagged spinach in your fridge, toss it. You could get very sick, and better safe than sorry. CNN, in its vast wisdom, chooses to run a photo...
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August 24, 2006

Practicing Medicine Without A License

Sounds kind of scary, huh? Not as scary as the thought that pro-lifers, eager to whisk abortion susceptible women into their clinics for unnecessary (and sometimes repeated) ultrasounds administered by non-medical personnel, might be irreparable harm to the fetuses they...
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Reason Trumps Politics

Hey, what do you know:The Food and Drug Administration today approved over-the-counter sales of the "morning-after" contraceptive pill to women 18 and older, resolving one of the most contentious issues in the agency's 100-year history. I'm still not sure why...
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August 18, 2006

Advanced Age Associated with Miscarriage

Father's age, an effect that holds regardless of the age of the mother. According to new research published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, those pregnancies conceived with older fathers are more likely to end in miscarriage, irrespective of...
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August 17, 2006

I'm going to live forever

Oh yes, yes I am: Larger quantities of coffee seem to be especially helpful in diabetes prevention. In a report that combined statistical data from many studies, researchers found that people who drank four to six cups of coffee a...
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July 22, 2006

The hard, cold - dare I say frozen - slap of reality

In the Is Sam Brownback an odious liar? thread, the discussion turned to the realities of IVF, and the survival rate of embryos necessary to a successful pregnancy. Bioethicist Arthur Caplan describes why adopting the surplus is a bad idea,...
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July 21, 2006

And while I think the correlation is real in the long term...

...I think the results of this study are likely overgeneralized. The word of a 'tween on how they will act in regard to sex? Puh-lease: After participating in a two-week sexual education program designed and implemented by an academic medical...
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July 19, 2006

Is Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) an Odious Liar?

Yes. Yes he is.For a more humorous take on little Hannah's "chart" - even though I'm appalled and annoyed, this is sort of funny....
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July 14, 2006

Telekinesis Is Now Real

With the aid of a brain implant a paralyzed man is able to control electronic devices. In a variety of experiments, the first person to receive the implant, Matthew Nagle, moved a cursor, opened e-mail, played a simple video game...
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July 09, 2006

One Pill a Day

New AIDS medicine: The first complete treatment for AIDS that is taken once a day as a single pill is expected to be available soon. The pill, which combines three drugs made by two companies, would be a milestone in...
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June 30, 2006

File Under: Duh!

From CNN, for all those of you who know the feeling of stomach-churning/burning and the pressure creeping up your neck throughout the day. In a study that followed more than 6,719 white-collar workers for 7.5 years, Canadian researchers found that...
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June 20, 2006

Did You Hear Homosexuality is a Mental Disorder - Again!

Who says? Why no, not the medical community, who've held for decades that it's not. And true, most people do turn to doctors when they want to what is and isn't a mental disorder - but really, who decided that...
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May 07, 2006

The Pill=Satan

No, I am not "shitting you." "I cannot imagine any development in human history, after the Fall, that has had a greater impact on human beings than the pill," Mohler continued. " So, remember when I was telling you about...
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Politicizing Science: The CDC Version

Republican representative forces scientific panel on the failure of abstinence programs to include pro-abstinence speakers and bumps a panelist who was to present on how abstinence campaigns cause STDs to increase: Researchers organizing a federal panel on sexually transmitted diseases...
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April 25, 2006

Women Shouldn't Trust the Government

It prefers lying to you to support a political agenda over telling the truth about science. Via Bitch PhD...
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April 16, 2006

Recognize yourselves?

"an inability to initiate needed work. This plagued me in college, of course, and I didn't understand the mechanism, so berated myself for laziness and lack of discipline." Via a link from a reposted thread on depression and love at...
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March 20, 2006


The good news about the war in Iraq is that more service men and women are getting medical care and surviving their injuries. The bad news is that as a nation we are already dropping the ball on their care....
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March 17, 2006

Ban Pregnancy

To protect women's lives, of course. This can be the only conclusion, based on the concern shown about two deaths which may be related to RU 486. It is unclear if they were, and if so, if they were caused...
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February 28, 2006


Bird flu jumps to mammals. The deadly strain of bird flu was confirmed Tuesday in a cat in northern Germany, the first time the virus has been identified in a mammal in the 25 nations of the European Union. The...
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January 31, 2006

War and Rehabilitation

The NYT has a multipage story about the long-term rehabilitation of those injured in the war. If there is something everyone can get behind, it is to make sure the government maintains its commitment to these folks....
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January 29, 2006

Consequences of Reducing Women's Reproductive Autonomy

As efforts to reduce women's access to basic reproductive healthcare, contraception, and abortion continue, it pays to remember the consequences. The efforts of those who think they and their god have more to say about your body than you do...
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January 11, 2006

Whatever you do, don't panic

However, just to be on the safe side, avoid poultry like the plague. So says the WHO to Turkey: World Health Organization officials urged people not to panic, but said it was crucial to avoid all contact with sick or...
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December 01, 2005