Category Archives: Medicine

Reaching for the End

The pandemic is not over yet, but we have some clear ways to reach that endpoint. A vaccine is the long-term goal while masks are the obvious short-term solution. Continue reading

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Wishful thinking and COVID-19

With wishful thinking, we can just make an assumption and ignore the work being done to answer these questions. The scientific method tells us that we should not make such assumptions when we have the ability to test a hypothesis. Continue reading

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COVID-19: what is known and what do you need to know?

There‚Äôs a lot of information out there and justifiable anxiety even when looking at the facts. So what is it that we know about this disease, what causes it, where it came from, what we need to be aware of, … Continue reading

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How I learned to stop worrying and love my bacteria (Part 2: The bad and the ugly)

In part one, we talked about the benefits of bacteria we live with every day. As you are likely aware, not all bacteria are friendly. In fact, there are plenty of bacteria that we never want to encounter. Nonpathogenic bacteria … Continue reading

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How I learned to stop worrying and love my bacteria (Part 1: The good)

In our post on the origins of life in your refrigerator, we strayed into the area of friendly bacteria. Since this is the time of year when everyone seems to be sick, it seems like a good time to cover … Continue reading

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Vaccines: Beyond Hype and Hyperbole

With the ongoing debate raging between science and the right of parents to make medical decisions for their children, I have thought long and hard about how to approach this issue. Several people have asked me to write about it, … Continue reading

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