Coronavirus Cumbia

Mexicans (and their Tex-Mexican cousins) can always turn tragedy into hilarity.  Check out these coronavirus cumbias: + Mr Cumbia does a great mash-up Grupo EL CAPI does a straight-up band performance with social distancing Ricardo Munoz does another over-the-top mash-up at ChinoVlogs Erik Arturo and buds ham it up to Mr Cumbia’s soundtrack My fave:Continue reading “Coronavirus Cumbia”

(Clinical) Trial of the Century

The World Health Organization steps up to the coronavirus plate with what appears to be history’s most ambitious screening experiment. On Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced a large global trial, called SOLIDARITY, to find out whether any can treat infections with the new coronavirus for the dangerous respiratory disease. It’s an unprecedented effort—anContinue reading “(Clinical) Trial of the Century”

Some Wu Flu Hacks

We’re all getting into social distancing big time, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.  And everyone knows about wash-your-hands-don’t-touch-your-face-sneeze-into-a-tissue precautions. But here are four more behavior changes to help avoid infection: avoid those hot-air hand dryers in public restrooms, they’re germ blasters use disposables instead of  reusable shopping bags, they’re mobile petri dishes clean yourContinue reading “Some Wu Flu Hacks”

It Takes More Than a Beard

So it’s not just me who thinks the current craze for men’s beards is just so much bullshit.  Writing in the Washington Examiner, Suzanne Venker says “Looking masculine is one thing, being masculine is another”. Will these beards help attract women? Absolutely. But unless men learn to develop and proudly own their masculine core, theContinue reading “It Takes More Than a Beard”

“Don’t worry, it’s harmless”

…is what the marijuana crowd has been telling us since I was a toddler in the Eisenhower Administration. Well, if the States are a Laboratory for Democracy, I’d say that the Marijuana Experiment is crashing from the “unexpected” side effects. Peter Hitchens, writing in The Spectator comments Marijuana has been the beneficiary of one ofContinue reading ““Don’t worry, it’s harmless””

The Urban Chicken Sicken Movement

Salmonella anyone?  Looks like the country’s largest source of salmonella infections comes from personal poultry. From tainted pre-cut melons to pig-ear dog treats, there’s been a slew of recalls this year due to outbreaks of salmonella infections. Yet by far the biggest source of the bacteria hasn’t involved a recall at all. It stems fromContinue reading “The Urban Chicken Sicken Movement”

To every thing, there is a season

Most of us are aware of the seasonal cycle of influenza outbreaks, which for Americans peak in the winter. In a new paper, Micaela Martinez, PhD, a scientist at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, makes a case that all infectious diseases have a seasonal element. The “Pearl” article appears in the journalContinue reading “To every thing, there is a season”