October 5th, 2009

No Baseball Tonight

“Are you writing another funny blog post because there’s no baseball?” asks my son J.

As “funny” is very much in the eye of the beholder, that remains to be seen.  But here are a few things on my mind the last few days:

  • No data supporting N95 over surgical masks for flu.  One huge logistical issue dodged — at least for now.  But Consumer Reports, that darling of objective reporting, seems to think they’re just great. Since “minimax” is the operative strategy for infection control, look for this controversy to go on for a bit.
  • Speaking of flu, I’ve been hearing for weeks (from a certain someone) how chaotic this H1N1 vaccine situation will be in pediatric practices.  And here’s proof.
  • LONG (wow) piece on E. coli O157:H7.  Not unreasonable, given the potential severity of the illness and the tortuous route hamburgers take en route to our kitchens.  (Yuck.)  Did I mention before that this is one of the few ID issues that my wife and I take a hard line on?  Make those burgers well-done, thank you.
  • Hey, did you catch the 10AM agenda in tomorrow’s General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts?  Can’t miss that.
  • Finally, did a throat infection bring down the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex? Perhaps if the dinosaur doc sent a “hold” tube to the lab, they can make the diagnosis retrospectively.

Good luck Tigers/Twins fans!

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