JetBlue Incident Shows That in Air Travel, ‘Things Won’t Go As Planned’

August 8th, 2010 by Abby Hitchcock | Tags: Air Travel, Travel

Air travel and its attendant inconveniences are stressful, prompting passengers to fling foot powder and pull the hair of a blind fellow traveler, among other transgressions. And, as we all know by now, dealing with those unruly passengers can produce its own special breed of angst, which JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater is alleged to have vented yesterday by frankly airing his views on the PA system, grabbing a few brewskis, then activating the plane’s inflatable escape chute for a clean getaway to the tarmac and beyond. (

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DeKalb: No swimming in S. River

August 6th, 2010 by Joseph Tishler | Tags: River, Swimming S

    DeKalb County is warning residents to stop swimming in the South River, which is polluted with fecal matter and industrial waste.

    Residents have complained that they were not aware of the contamination and no signs were posted at a county recreation area near the river.

    County officials told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday that the 73-acre recreation area is a bike and hike trail and not a beach. Signs are posted prohibiting access to the water, said Burke Brennan, a spokesman for the CEO.

    “The state found high levels of bacteria,” he said. “The county posted signs because people were in the water. It is

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    Older adults get HIV diagnosis later, die sooner

    August 4th, 2010 by Declan Nguyen | Tags: Die, Die Sooner

    They are also more than twice as likely to die within a year of their HIV test as are younger people, even if they are diagnosed late.

    “We have a group of people who don’t get tested because they don’t think they are at risk,” said Dr. Valerie Delpech, of the U.K. Health Protection Agency Center for Infections in London, who worked on the study.

    She said the number of HIV-infected Britons has tripled over the past decade, reaching more than 55,000 in 2007. While older adults account for only about one in six of these cases, the number of new diagnoses is growing faster among those aged 50 and older.

    “The numbers are still small,” said Delpech, whose findings appear in the journal AIDS; she estimated fewer than one in 1,000 Britons were infected with HIV.

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    Follow-Up: Anesthesiologists, Nurse Anesthetists and Evidence

    August 4th, 2010 by Abby Hitchcock |

    A post we did on Tuesday about a study on anesthesia outcomes published in Health Affairs has attracted a lot of comments and debate, to put it mildly. (This wasn’t a big surprise — the last time we covered the discussion of whether nurse anesthetists need to be supervised by a physician, there was a similar reaction.)

    We wanted to address some of the questions raised by commenters. So here’s a summary of the more common themes:

    What do the anesthesiologists think of the research?

    Not much. Here’s the official reaction from the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Billing

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