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Why I've been Yelling about Yemen
Two Numbers from Puerto Rico that We should All Note
Two Anti-Vaccine Stories from Mainstream Sources have been Walked Back. It’s Already too Late.
The Illusion of Controversy
Vaccines: How do We Really Know What Happens?
A Letter to “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli, and the Good Reason Why You Should Read it
Dear Martin, Oh, Martin. Oh, Pharma Bro...no. You missed the memo on learning from your past indiscretions, didn’t you? That’s...
The ‘New STD in Town’ is an Old Friend to Some of Us
Red ribbons for AIDS and Sexual Health Awareness [Image: Sexual Health Buckinghamshire, NHS, United Kingdom] International news outlets...
Where do New Infectious Diseases Come From? A Case-in-Point of MERS, SARS, and Bats
The simple answer to the question posed in the title is almost always “animals”. It’s a bit of a cop-out, though. If we really want to...
Charlie Sheen is not #Winning: 7 Reasons why an HIV Positive Diagnosis Matters in 2015
This morning actor Charlie Sheen revealed that he is infected with human immunodeficiency virus; i.e., he is HIV+. Sheen’s public...
Fiddling with the Data: Scientific Integrity is Alive and Well, Despite What you may Have Heard
This picture was taken in my laboratory, and the experiment here is exploring which isolates of a pathogenic microbe called Mycoplasma...
Novel Therapies Starting as ‘Frivolous Science’: it’s More Common than you Think
Glowing bacteria [image: collaboration between Cambridge 2010 and Peking 2012 iGEM teams] Recently I was preparing a lecture focused on a...
On Medicine, the Common Good, and Pharma Bro
[Image: Getty Images] The overnight price change of pyramethamine (Daraprim) in the United States raised eyebrows and ire last week. ...
Flu Cases Are Appearing Ahead of Schedule for the 2015-2016 Season
The 2015 Influenza Vaccine [Image: MedScape] Seasonal influenza vaccines have been shipped to clinics, pharmacies, and hospitals in the...
What a Difference a Year Makes
Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) workers transport the body of an Ebola patient in Guinea last Fall [Image: Seyllou,...
To the State of California: Thank You for Serving as a Model for Reason and Childhood Health
A bill recently signed into law by the California State Legislature, SB792, had its share of both supporters and critics. This bill...