An interesting article about the use of inflammatory additives in flu vaccines to help stimulate the immune response. Not currently in use in the US, this is still an interesting, and little known aspect, of vaccination:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/22/health/22vacc.html?
Cafe Scientifique - H1N1: Why you don't need to be afraid. )

I described the speaker as being 'someone who clearly knew lots of interesting things, she just didn't seem to know what they were.' (Someone who would probably be great to interview or brain pick, but not necessarily a good presenter of information.) This made me wonder if we're all the same way.

In that vein, what do you think I know about that you would like to see me explore more fully? What information am I not sharing with you in which you would be interested?
This book's greatest contribution has less to do with its coverage of the 1918 pandemic itself, than the circumstances around it. (In my opinion) the best chapters are the first few that have to deal with the establishment of the medical establishment in this country and the emerging field of laboratory science at the turn of the 20C; also those chapters dealing with the political situation in which the 1918 epidemic emerged in this country.

Why is it the peripherals are often more interesting than the main topic? )

And for no other reason than I've been thinking of it, an abstract from an article I read in the New Yorker several years ago about Capt Bligh (of Mutiny on the Bounty fame) navigating the Great Barrier Reef TWICE in an open boat. Totally badass, and still capturing my imagination five years later!

http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2003/08/04/030804fa_fact_alexander

She apparently wrote a full-length treatment of the material which I intend to read in the not-too-distant future. However what I need right now is something that lifts my spirits.
Mind boggling municipal water crisis in Alamosa. If the arsenic doesn't get you, the salmonella will..."

Ah, the vulnerability of modern life!

This was a totally surreal week. I still don't have words to describe it. And I'm not sure I want to because sometimes writing about Other People's Drama makes it feel like it's receiving more attention than it deserves. Let's just say the Unreliable Narrators are out in full force.

I missed my favorite service of the entire Xtian Calendar: Maundy Thursday/Good Friday because I didn't realize we are having almost the earliest possible Easter this year. Which made me figure out the calendar requirements for Easter. Get this: the first Sunday after the first full moon after the equinox.

I feel like there should be something else interesting/entertaining to tell you; but it's late, and I think it would be best for me to take an Advil and go to bed. I'll see what I can muster up tomorrow. Any questions or special requests?

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