How Worshiping The Market Can Bring Ebola to the US

By: Wednesday July 30, 2014 4:53 pm

We are focusing on Ebola because it is news. We won’t get Ebola here in the US for a number of reasons. One reason is Ebola doesn’t have a good lobbying and PR firm. When it comes to infectious diseases, it helps to have people in high places. People who want to describe their pathogen as “naturally occurring,” who delay life saving performance standards, dictate which words doctors can use to describe a condition and most astonishingly, convince everyone the burden of protection is on the victims in order to avoid responsibility for their problems.

 

Most People Claim to Actually Use the Restaurant Nutritional Labels

By: Friday July 11, 2014 5:00 pm

The CDC looked at people in 17 states who visit chain restaurants and have noticed that menu labeling was publicly displayed. Among this group 57.3 percent say they at least sometimes use the information to make their choice.

Opioid Pain Reliever Prescription Rates Lower in Medical Marijuana States

By: Wednesday July 2, 2014 4:25 pm

I was looking at the new Center for Disease Control and Preventions report on opioid prescriptions and I immediately noticed an interesting correlation. States with medical marijuana laws on average had noticeably lower rates of prescriptions for opioid pain relievers than states without medical marijuana.

‘Porno Pete’ LaBarbera Tries to Have It Both Ways With CDC Health Data on Gay Men

By: Tuesday January 14, 2014 3:42 pm

On his webpage, Peter LaBarbera is exploiting a Centers for Disease Control Fact Sheet to demonize the LGBT community.

Government Shutdown Threatening Food Safety

By: Tuesday October 8, 2013 10:20 am

Enjoy seafood? Well according to one report 90% of seafood imports are going uninspected due to the shutdown.

Herpes-Ridden Monkeys: Florida Wildlife Just Gets Worse

By: Friday September 13, 2013 4:15 pm

Florida is not only God’s waiting room; sometimes it’s also Hell’s. Invasive species–including Burmese pythons, Madagascan hissing cockroaches, walking catfish, stucco-eating giant snails–are endangering native species and disrupting the delicate ecosystems. And then there’s herpes infected wildlife, and I don’t mean the humans cataloged on the Twitter feeds, Florida Man and Florida Woman.

Late Night: Who Sold You The Tainted Food? They Can’t Say. It’s Confidential.

By: Wednesday July 31, 2013 8:00 pm

A couple of years ago Mrs. Spocko and I were doing some fine dining in the lovely North Beach section of San Francisco. This was a white tablecloth, soft-lighting restaurant so we expected something a bit better than our local taqueria. We both ordered green salads. When they arrived I started trying to break the land speed record for fastest fork to mouth. Mrs. Spocko is much more dignified. She noticed that there were several slimy black pieces of lettuce clinging to the green pieces. I looked down to my half finished salad and noticed the same.

We called over the waiter, who felt the need to stand up for the salad’s wholesomeness. He said, and I quote, “It comes in a bag.”

Late Night: #TestMe Reaches 1.5 Million People!

By: Friday June 28, 2013 8:00 pm

The CDC estimates that 1.1 million people in the US are HIV+ and 20% of those are unaware of their status. Early detection and early treatment lowers the rate of transmission.  Even though National HIV Testing Day has passed,  if you are sexually active, get tested every three months, or when you end a relationship – before beginning another. Ask your partner their status and suggest getting tested together. Play safe and stay safe!

FDL Movie Night: “The Greater Good”

By: Monday April 29, 2013 4:59 pm

Would you sacrifice your child’s health or life for the greater good? That is the question that arises in tonight’s film The Greater Good, directed, produced, and written by tonight’s guests Leslie Manookian and Kendall Nelson. The Greater Good takes a step back from the recent divisiveness discussing the issue’s complexity and nuances, bringing the bigger picture into focus through the stories of three families affected by vaccinations, with experts on both sides and in the middle of the vaccination debate.

BPA’s Bad for Humans, but Why Is U.S. Studying Chinese Workers’ Exposure?

By: Sunday November 7, 2010 6:45 am

We know plastic additive Bisphenol A is bad for humans, although we’re still learning more about its effects on humans. But why is the U.S. spending tax dollars on studying Chinese workers’ exposures?

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