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April 24th, 2010

Choosing an Official State Microbe

Wisconsin has selected Lactococcus lactis as its official state microbe: The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do enact as follows:  SECTION 1. 1.10 (3) (t) of the statutes is created to read: 1.10 (3) (t) The bacterium Lactococcus lactis is the state microbe. SECTION 2. 1.10 (4) of the statutes is amended […]


April 22nd, 2010

Should Transmission of HIV be a Crime?

Not according to Journal Watch editor and New York Times writer Abigail Zuger, writing here in the Times.  She’s referring to the recent Darren Chiacchia case, where his former partner has filed a legal complaint that Chiacchia did not disclose having HIV — potentially a first-degree felony in Florida. Were it a matter of science […]


April 14th, 2010

Maraviroc Rarely Used for Treatment-Naive Patients

Over in Journal of Infectious Diseases, the MERIT study was recently published (with Chuck Hicks’ Journal Watch summary here), demonstrating that maraviroc is non-inferior to efavirenz — provided that the enhanced-sensitivity tropism test is used to select appropriate candidates. (The MERIT study began in 2004-5.  Don’t think I’ll ever forget that, since the investigator meeting […]


April 10th, 2010

Why Are Doctors Still Carrying Beepers?

I was going through security at the airport the other day, and tossed my beeper into one of those gray bins — along with the device that should make the beeper superfluous, a cell phone. “I didn’t know anyone used beepers anymore,” said the 30-something guy behind me. What could I say?  That doctors also […]


April 4th, 2010

San Francisco Public Health: Treatment Recommended for All with HIV

Could there be anything more interesting than the start of the baseball season? Maybe, because this is quite something: In a major shift of HIV treatment policy, San Francisco public health doctors have begun to advise patients to start taking antiviral medicines as soon as they are found to be infected, rather than waiting — sometimes […]


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