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Most of my blog reading this week has involved swine flu; feel free to add non-flu-related links to other worthwhile blog posts in the comments. (More flu links are welcome, too.)

First, a few numbers: CDC has confirmed 141 cases in the US; Mexico reports that it has 358 confirmed cases; and the WHO reports 68 additional confirmed cases in 11 other countries. The current worldwide pandemic alert level is 5.

At The Wonk Room, Igor Volsky reminds us that it can be hard to follow CDC’s advice if you don’t have health insurance, and Pat Garofalo points out that a lack of paid sick days is also a problem.

Christine Gorman at Global Health Report identifies and corrects flu-related misperceptions in media reports.

Janet Stemwedel at Adventures in Ethics and Science suggests a way for airlines to reduce the likelihood of having sick passengers aboard.

Merritt Clifton at Gristmill cautions against jumping to conclusions about industrial pig farming’s connection to the outbreak.

Merrill Goozner at GoozNews reports that Arlen Specter’s negotiation on the stimulus package shifted money to research by taking it away from public health – leaving many local agencies without money that would be very useful right now.

A very small selection of this week’s interesting blog posts:

  • Effect Measure is staying on top of the news of a swine flu outbreak; 16 of 61 apparent flu deaths in Mexico have been confirmed as swine flu, and 8 people in the US have been diagnosed with swine flu and have recovered.
  • Ezra Klein examines some of the many health- and environment-related amendments added to the Senate budget bill, and invites readers to help him dig through the amendments list.
  • Lisa Suatoni at Switchboard applauds three US actions addressing the problem of ocean acidification.
  • Alison Bass reports that some psychiatrists aren’t happy with the recent criticisms of researchers with financial ties to the makers of pharmaceutical products they’re studying.

I don’t have nearly enough time to keep up with all the great blogging that’s going on. If you’ve got a post to suggest, leave a link in the comments!

Today’s big news is that EPA has officially determined that greenhouse-gas emissions pose a threat to public health and welfare. Over at Gristmill, Kate Sheppard explains what this all means (and tells you how to submit a public comment), Jonathan Hiskes and rounds up reactions from industry, environmentalists, and politicians.

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The ways drugs are tested and marketed are under the spotlight these days:

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There’s new climate legislation in the House (Waxman-Markey), and bloggers have a lot to say about it:

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Bloggers weigh in on some of the questions in US healthcare reform:

  • Ezra Klein explains what a public insurance option is, and describes three different forms it could take.
  • Maggie Mahar at Health Beat asks whether health insurers are really giving up much ground when they promise community ratings in exchange for an individual mandate, and considers what kinds of reforms will get enough votes in Congress.
  • Henry Aaron at The Treatment advocates limiting the tax benefits for employer health insurance.
  • Also at The Treatment, Jonathan Cohn reminds us that universal coverage can also benefit those who already have insurance.

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Sunday is World Water Day, so bloggers are highlighting water issues:

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Bloggers are reacting to the news of major scientific fraud: Massachusetts anesthesiologist Dr. Scott Reuben falsified data in his published studies for more than a decade.

And also on the topic of doctors accepting drug-industry money, Roy M. Poses MD at Health Care Renewal notes medical school faculty members are often paid too little for teaching – which makes it more likely that they’ll accept pharmaceutical-industry funding.

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There’s been a lot of news about Obama appointees this week:

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Bloggers have lots of thoughts on Obama’s budget:

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