Jul
11

Public Health BIO Update: EBOLA, TB, MERS

This post is a quick update on some important biological threats that we have noticed lately. It is not a deep analysis, relying on some good articles linked here with some important highlights. Ebola outbreak in West Africa To date, the mortality rate is approximately 60%, with no vaccine or cure in sight. The outbreak…
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Jul
05

How the U.S. Health Care System Compares Internationally

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, 2014 Update: How the U.S. Health Care System Compares Internationally Executive Summary from Mirror, Mirror “The United States health care system is the most expensive in the world, but this report and prior editions consistently show the U.S. underperforms relative to other countries on most dimensions of performance. Among the…
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Jun
13

VA Healthcare – Elephant in the Room – Enter the …

As the VA scandal unfolds and we watch the talking heads go back and forth on how to minimize waiting times and improve continuity of care, the Congress is acting like this is all a big surprise. Watching the CSPAN hearings today and seeing what testimony was encouraged, and what was cut short unceremoniously, particularly…
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Jun
02

An Open Letter to Veteran Services Organizations about …

Veterans Administration Secretary General Shinseki resigned his position Friday after a meeting with the President, according to this Washington Post report, falling on his sword to eliminate distractions as the VA scrambles to fix widespread failures to provide timely care to veterans. With the hindsight of being an old soldier who has been deeply involved…
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May
23

“Blood irradiators cited as threats to security” Boston …

“Blood irradiators cited as threats to security” Boston Globe, May 12, 2014. Old wine in New bottles. We picked this article up from one of our groups. The concern over dangers associated with Medical Use Radioactive Materials (MURM) dates back to the end of the Cold War and concerns that Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)…
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May
05

MERS Threat to Public – First US Victim?

In what appears to be the first US case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), a man has been quarantined in Munster, Indiana with MERS. The disease has reportedly infected over 370 people in Saudi Arabia, with a 30% fatality rate. According to the Chicago Tribune article, “The man, who has not been identified, was…
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