Thursday, January 8, 2009

AIDS Docs, Sanjay Gupta, Measles

Iranian AIDS Docs. Revere at Effect Measure and Declan Butler at Nature both have items up about the 6-month detention, trial and expected sentencing of Arash and Kamiar Alaei, who were accused of trying to overthrow the government by going to international AIDS meetings.

Sanjay Gupta for U.S. Surgeon General. Several public health types seem disappointed but hopeful while many of the journalists I follow on Twitter and in list-servs are far more skeptical. Interestingly, the public health types emphasize Gupta's demonstrable communication skills while the journalists focus on his lack of public health experience (which, of course, is not the same as medical experience). I'll have more to say on this later when I have time to write a more thoughtful piece.

Other interesting posts on the Surgeon General at Paul Krugman's blog (see especially the early comments) and a much more positive analysis at Technology Health and Development.

Measles cases up in Europe. A Lancet study found measles cases were on track to double, from 3,909 in in 2007 to 6,269 cases in the first nine months of 2008. (Click here for full text of Lancet study on measles.)

1 comment:

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