Thanks Iowa!

I enjoyed a delightful visit to Iowa City on Tuesday-Wednesday. One high point was a run along the tranquil Iowa River early in the morning. The weather was crisp and the atmosphere was quiet. Mike Edmond, Dan Dikema, Eli Perencevich, and their colleagues at the University of Iowa offered me warm hospitality. Excellent questions were asked about how to reduce nosocomial TB transmission. Thanks Iowa! Continue reading Thanks Iowa!

CDC Job Opportunity: TB Outbreak Team

If anyone is interested in joining the TB Outbreak investigations team at CDC, they have an opening for a “lateral reassignment” for a Commissioned Corps Medical Officer. The mission of the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Outbreak Investigations Branch (SEOIB) in the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination (DTBE)  at CDC in Atlanta, Georgia is to provide quality surveillance data to understand TB trends, assist public health partners in controlling ongoing … Continue reading CDC Job Opportunity: TB Outbreak Team

Post-Babesiosis Warm Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia

Babesiosis is a tickborne disease caused by a protozoa. In New England, the incidence of babesiosis has increased dramatically over the past ten years. In severe cases, babesiosis can be life-threatening. I was delighted to recently read an article in the New England Journal of Medicine about babesiosis, written by my friend Ann Woolley, and co-authors. Babesiosis is characterized by nonimmune hemolytic anemia that resolves with antimicrobial treatment and clearance of … Continue reading Post-Babesiosis Warm Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia

Caribbean’s Lyrical Voice and Nobel Laureate

Derek Walcott, whose intricately metaphorical poetry captured the physical beauty of the Caribbean, the harsh legacy of colonialism, and the complexities of living and writing in two cultural worlds, bringing him a Nobel Prize in Literature, died Friday at his home near Gros Islet in St. Lucia. He was 87. In the poem “Islands,” from the collection “In a Green Night,” he wrote: I seek, As climate … Continue reading Caribbean’s Lyrical Voice and Nobel Laureate

Negotiate with North Korea

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson ruled out on Friday opening any negotiation with North Korea to freeze its nuclear and missile programs and said for the first time that the Trump administration might be forced to take pre-emptive action “if they elevate the threat of their weapons program” to an unacceptable level. This position is unacceptable. The administration must change course and negotiate with North Korea. Nuclear weapons can … Continue reading Negotiate with North Korea