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Maryn McKenna

Maryn McKenna

Maryn McKenna is an independent journalist and author who specializes in domestic and global public health, health policy and medicine. She writes for Wired.com, Scientific American, the Guardian, SELF, is a regular contributor to the Annals of Emergency Medicine and is the author of “Superbug” and “Beating Back the Devil.” Her blog, Superbug, can be found at http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/superbug.

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A Few Ways the Government Shutdown Could Harm Your Health (and the World’s)


This was originally published Oct. 1 on Maryn McKenna’s Superbug Blog, hosted by Wired Science. There’s going to be a lot — a lot — of coverage today on the federal shutdown, what it means and how long it might go on. I thought it might be worth quickly highlighting how it affects the parts of the… Continue Reading

CDC: Whether Your Food-Related Illness Gets Investigated Depends on Where You Live

From the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR):  Food Safety Epidemiology Capacity in State Health Departments — United States, 2010 December 23, 2011 / 60(50);1701-1704: …In 2010, a total of 787 FTEs were working as foodborne disease epidemiologists in state, regional, and local health departments in the United States. Of these, 616.5 (78%) had… Continue Reading

Food Safety in China, and the Risk to the U.S.

Another week, another food-safety crisis in China. Several news networks — Associated Press, Australian Press and Xinhua — report that 11 people have died and anywhere from 120 to 140 were sickened by contaminated vinegar. Stoking tensions further is the reason so many were poisoned at once: The victims live in a small village in… Continue Reading