Ayanna Pressley upends Massachusetts political order, toppling Michael Capuano

Ayanna Pressley, the first African-American woman elected to the Boston City Council, made history again, defeating representative Michael Capuano, a 10-term incumbent heavily backed by the political establishment. She is now poised to become the first African-American from Massachusetts to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. “I’m not running to keep things as they are,” Ms. Pressley often says. “i’m running to change … Continue reading Ayanna Pressley upends Massachusetts political order, toppling Michael Capuano

West Nile and Legionella in New England

here in new england, there has been significant media coverage of the uptick in west nile cases, and legionella outbreak in new hampshire. (to be clear, west nile virus and legionella are unrelated. west nile is transmitted by mosquitos, and legionella is transmitted by water). to me, the media attention to west nile and legionella points to the importance of infectious diseases and public health. but … Continue reading West Nile and Legionella in New England

ebola species found in bats ahead of any potential outbreak

scientists have, for the first time, discovered a new ebola species before detection in a sick human being or animal. the discovery of bombali virus adds further support for bats as hosts of ebolaviruses. bombali virus was detected in free-tailed bats in sierra leone (little free-tailed (chaerephon pumilus) and angolan free-tailed (mops condylurus). the bats were found roosting inside houses, indicating the potential for human transmission. however, … Continue reading ebola species found in bats ahead of any potential outbreak

partial oral versus intravenous antibiotic treatment of endocarditis

patients with infective endocarditis on the left side of the heart are typically treated with intravenous antibiotic agents for up to 6 weeks. whether a shift from intravenous to oral antibiotics once the patient is in stable condition would result in efficacy and safety similar to those with continued intravenous treatment is unknown. a recent study from denmark, published in the new england journal of … Continue reading partial oral versus intravenous antibiotic treatment of endocarditis

why mister rogers is the role model we need right now

the unconventional children’s television pioneer celebrated dignity and kindness in the age of mass media by stephanie van hook kids have it really hard right now. many adults have forgotten that a world where children are safe and cared for with dignity is not a utopian vision, but a necessity. take Ben, for example, who happened to be sitting in my office recently. I told … Continue reading why mister rogers is the role model we need right now

bicycle and pedestrian safety in massachusetts

check out the massachusetts bill regarding bike and pedestrian safety linked here. the bill is presumably going to be refiled for the 2019-2020 legislative session. advocacy is being lead by the  massachusetts bicycle coalition. what do you think? how can we make the bill even stronger? i’d propose traffic cameras and speed bumps be a prominent component of the new bill. please leave a reply below. Continue reading bicycle and pedestrian safety in massachusetts