Category Archives: Medical

Roughly Speaking: 100 Objects That Shaped Public Health

Hot Dogs_02 via rob_rob2001 on Flickr
Hot Dogs_02 via rob_rob2001 on Flickr CC BY-SA

Dan graciously had me on Roughly Speaking to discuss the recent article from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health article looking at the “100 Objects That Shaped Public Health“.

My favorite? Spoiler alert: hot dogs.

It was a fun conversation! Listen here.

Roughly Speaking: a primer on Zika, & some words on HIV in Baltimore

CC BY-NC-ND image by  IAEA Imagebank via Flickr
CC BY-NC-ND image by IAEA Imagebank via Flickr

Dan Rodricks has migrated his audio work from NPR to the new podcast audio show from the Baltimore Sun, Roughly Speaking. Needless to say, it’s an outstanding program, especially for anyone interested in keeping their finger on the pulse of all things Baltimore. This past Friday, Dan interviewed me for a primer on the latest newsworthy emerging pathogen, Zika virus. I also discussed happenings with HIV in Baltimore on a previous show, and am looking forward to being on with him every month or so. More to come!

Dragon*Con goings-on

Worldcon was great, and interesting, and fun, and then it was back to the usual life-things for a week, and now I have arrived at excatly the opposite of usual life-things: Dragon*Con in Atlanta, GA.

This time around I will be involved in events! Behold:

Getting Away with Murder ~ Sat 01:00 pm ~ 202 – Hilton
Description: Don’t kill people. But if you *were* to kill someone? Science can help you get away with it.

Body Alteration ~ Sun 10:00 am ~ 202 – Hilton
Description: Changing our bodies with prosthetics & implants, & our minds with chemicals. What’s next?

Infectious Diseases Want YOU ~ Sun 04:00 pm ~ 202 – Hilton
Description: Ebola, MERS, pertussis, measles…Learn the many ways you might die!

Future Drugs ~ Sun 08:30 pm ~ 202 – Hilton
Description: What does the future hold for drugs?

The ever lovely Moon Ranger is also here, and also discussing SCIENCE:

James Webb Space Telescope ~ Fri 2:30 pm ~ 309-310 – Hilton
Description: “Hubble’s Replacement”, the JWST will study every phase of our universe’s history. On it’s launch in 2018, it will be the next great observatory.

Where Science Intersects Culture ~ Sat 7:00 pm ~ 202 – Hilton
Description: Science is a human process that isn’t separate from cultural outlook, as things like the 30-meter telescope protests and #shitstorm show. What positive things can we take away from conflicts like this, and how can we mitigate our cultural biases when it comes to science?

2015 Parsec Awards ~ Sun 05:30 pm ~ Regency V – Hyatt
Description: The Parsec Award is available for Sci-fi & Fantasy Original Content and Speculative Fiction.

Kids Space Workshop ~ Mon 9:00 am ~ Hilton Crystal Ballroom
Description: Space is Cool! Space is FUN! And we show you how! It’s space science playtime! (Kid Friendly)

Satellites Old & New: What They Can & Can’t Do ~ Mon 1:00 pm ~ 309-310 – Hilton
Description: The launch of Sputnik, the 1st satellite, was the real start of the space age. Now, life as we know it could not exist without them!

Meanwhile, I will be tossing out the occasional #DragonCon thoughts here, and pleae feel free to say Hallo! if you are around!

science-based medical links of the moment

CC BY-NC image by clotho98 via Flickr
CC BY-NC image by clotho98 via Flickr

Midday On Heath: More Ebola

"Ebola Response Training", CC-BY image by Army Medicine via Flicker
“Ebola Response Training”, CC-BY image by Army Medicine via Flicker

Last week I was on Midday with Dan Rodricks on 88.1 WYPR Baltimore for our usual Midday on Health segment. This time around, we revisited Ebola to discuss the latest issues both in the US and abroad, and were fortunate enough to have Elizabeth Serlemitsos on from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs who is in Liberia working to control the spread of the virus through public education efforts. It was a great conversation.

For your listening and/or podcasting pleasure, the show can be found here.

Litany Against Fear in the face of Ebola

This week certainly proved proved the Bene Gesserit right, once again… Fear is the Mind-Killer.

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.

Frank Herbert, Dune

Blog Interview on ABC 2 WMAR Baltimore

I was interviewed a few days back by  for their blog . The article turned out well, I think, and was accompanied by a good, if poorly-lit, talking head video, complete with INFOGRAPHICS~! Because infographics make everything in news more exicitng…

Midday On Health: Quick Segment On Ebola & Enterovirus D68

CC BY-NC-SA image by Army Medicine on Flickr
CC BY-NC-SA image by Army Medicine on Flickr

Last Thursday I did a quick segment on Midday with Dan Rodricks on 88.1 WYPR Baltimore. We discussed the latest issues involved in the spiraling Ebola epidemic, as well as the spreading Enterovirus D68 in the United States, which fortunately has claimed no lives as yet but has made many children critically ill.

For your streaming and/or podcasting pleasure, the show can be found here.


  • In our enthusiasm for making sure we hit all the high points in the short time allotted to us, we mis-stated (as was identified by a later caller to the program) that Ghana was one of the countries affected by the Ebola outbreak; Ghana is fine on this front, and we meant to say Guinea. Oops. Apologies.
  • One thing we discussed was the different modes of transmission of Ebola, which Vincent Racaniello excellently tackles over at the Virology Blog.
  • While we weren’t able to devote much time to Enterovirus D68, the CDC has a useful FAQ up here for those seeking more information.