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Because AIDS is Hilarious

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On January 11, 2014
As the political figures of my youth pass away, I realize how few of them I really know much about, even though I’m a pretty political guy obviously. That’s especially true of the Reagan Administration. I could probably name 40 or so Reagan appointees without working too hard, but that’s not that many. But I […]
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What a surprise that the herbal supplement/alternative medicine industry is filled with hucksters, scam artists, and grifters, the likes of which American medicine hasn’t seen since the days of patent medicine before the establishment of the Food and Drug Administration in 1906 For the study, the researchers selected popular medicinal herbs, and then randomly bought […]

Dengue Fever

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On November 5, 2013

So I hear Dengue Fever is coming to my town and I hope it is this: Unfortunately, it is this: This past summer, Aedes aegypti—the invasive African mosquito best known for carrying the potentially de

Measles

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On August 25, 2013

Who could have guessed that anti-vaccination idiocy would lead to illness? A measles outbreak in Texas traces to a congregation of a megachurch whose leader, Kenneth Copeland, reportedly has warned fo

On Tanning Salons

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On August 20, 2013
Not that fashion is exactly my wheelhouse, but this piece on the growth of tanning salon use among white teenage women and the very real health risks involved is worth a mention, not only because it is a growing public health problem that exists for no good reason, but because tanning salons are stupid. When […]

Malaria Vaccination

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On October 19, 2011
In an incredibly great piece of public health news, researchers are getting very close to developing a vaccination against malaria. The first study showed the risk of malaria cut in half across seven African nations. Malaria is an enormous killer across the developing world. The continued plague has led many to call for the widespread […]
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