I remember being a child and having Strep throat in the summer a couple of times. It was miserable. It was so bad that I could not wait to go see the doctor and have my grandmother give me a shot of penicillin. (I spent most summers with my grandparents in the ancestral hometown in [...]
I've been doing a lot of reading about Puerto Rico since I agreed to go down there to help in the Zika outbreak. According to most media reports, the situation in Puerto Rico is quite dire from a financial and demographic standpoint. Crime is high, yes, but it's not any higher than Baltimore, where murder [...]
The Zika virus situation is this year's Ebola. Like with Ebola, a lot of doom and gloom is floating around, and a lot of outright lies are being put forth by people who have no clue of what is going on. They are relying on fears and speculation to drive up visits to their websites [...]
Diseases, especially infectious ones, shaped human history to where it is today. But you don't have to take my word for it...
Viruses are, to me, very intriguing little bugs. They're not dead in that they reproduce and go from person-to-person (or animal-to-animal) and make copies of themselves. They're not alive in that they don't really have much of an internal system for consuming and using up energy. All they ask is that we let them into [...]