CDC director Thomas Frieden resigns – time for a Trump appointment

CDC director Thomas Frieden has announced his resignation from his position at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The federal agency's main goal is to protect public health and safety through the control and prevention of disease, injury, and disability across the world. And our favorite anti-science president-elect, Donald Trump, will…

HHS nominee Tom Price and a radical right-wing physician organization

Recently, president-elect Donald Trump nominated Georgia congressman Tom Price to be Secretary for Health and Human Services (HHS). Price is a medical doctor whose impact on politics has been almost exclusively based on his unwavering opposition to the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. Once Trump was elected, along with a…

Gun control regulations and firearms mortality

Firearms mortality, either murder, accidental or suicide, has always been a public health issue in the USA. There have been several good epidemiological studies that have examined whether gun control regulations and firearms mortality risk are related – and the results are surprisingly vigorous. From recent epidemiological research, there is some…

Water fluoridation benefits and risks – a systematic review

Water fluoridation has become a fairly common public health practice, as communities across the world accepted the evidence that fluoridated water is relatively safe and reduces cavities (known properly as dental caries). Several decades ago, it became a part of the public health strategy in many communities. However, as fluoride became more available, especially in…

Vaccine Informed Consent, Mandates and Liability

[caption id="attachment_6769" align="aligncenter" width="480"] I would need informed consent if my physician was trying to inject 25 cc of fluid through a huge needle. In other words, typical of stock photos, they get it all wrong.[/caption] Updated 27 February 2015. This article was written by Dorit Rubinstein Reiss, Professor of Law at the University of California…

Mandatory flu vaccinations for health care workers

Nosocomial infections, or hospital acquired infections, are a significant issue in hospital environments and has become a serious public health issue. These infections include everything from drug resistant bacteria to several viruses, including the flu.  They have serious repercussions in a hospital environment–everything from employee absenteeism to higher mortality rates…