A very interesting MMWR this week. A scary piece about little babies accidentally poisoned to death by parents giving them too much cold medicine sent me running to check my medicine cabinet and to give my sniffly little girls some kisses. But more interesting is the announcement that the main chart in the weekly disease tables will no longer show the variances in reports of rubella. There is now too little rubella in the U.S. to make the charts meaningful. It is being replaced by the more common and very nasty (as I learned in 1988 after brushing my teeth in Leningrad) parasitic disease giardiasis. I mentioned this to Abby and she pointed out that careful surveillance for Rubella clearly played a role as she was tested for Rubella immunity no less than four times from 2002-2005 (prior to marriage, at her first ob visit during her pregnancy with Roxanne and upon admission to the hospital for both deliveries) despite having documented immunization from her childhood. So score one for vaccination.
I am trying very hard to focus on one topic per post these days, so stay tuned for news on the securities that I sold and bought last week sometime in the next few days.