A good MMWR this week. The lead story talks about the effort to eradicate the truly disgusting disease of dracunculiasis, or Guinea Worm Disease. It is disgusting (think meter long worms in the skin) and totally preventable. It still exists because it is a difficult to treat disease of poor African people. If people in Brookline caught it it'd have been cured 100 years ago. We seem to be slowly getting rid of it, and not a moment too soon. Another piece talks about scombroid, a kind of food poisoning that one gets from tuna or mackerel that has gotten too warm. Also gross, and easily preventable by keeping fish cold after it is caught. My years working at Harvard School of Public Health taught me that prevention is the key to good health so often as in these cases. Or as my old t-shirt from HSPH says, what didn't you die from today?
And on a happier, less wormy note, congratulations to my darling Abby, whose work in a group exhibit at the Three Graces Gallery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire (Live Free Or Die!) is featured in the local paper this week. Check it out here, and check out the show if you have a chance. And buy, please, so I can be supported by my wife's art in an opulent lifestyle to which I will rapidly become accustomed. It's that or Stella becomes a starting pitcher, or Roxanne starts a successful hedge fund. Um, scratch that last idea. I better keep my day job.