Turned up to eleven: Fair and Balanced

Friday, March 01, 2002

Before going on too much, there are a couple of good articles on scientific issues at Slate, one regarding the linkage between Streptococcus pyogenes infection (strep throat) and mental disease, and another about the new research suggesting that dinosaurs couldn't run as fast as some have claimed (written by Gregg Easterbrook, a fave of mine from his TMQ days). The strep article is interesting; I worked in a lab that studied streptococcal disease at the U. of Minnesota, and this bacterium is mind-bogglingly good at causing disease in humans. I mentioned in an earlier post about nanobacteria the work of Paul Ewald, a major proponent of the microbial etiology of chronic disease. This more recent work is a lot more realistic than that described in the earlier post, and if true, poses some serious questions for our handling of mental disorders in our current health care system. I can't wait to see more research on this.