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Maryn McKenna
Worked at Currently writing for Wired.com, Scientific American, the Guardian, SELF. Regular contributor to the Annals of Emergency Medicine. Find other/older journalism at MarynMcKenna.com.
Attended University of Michigan
Lived in Brooklyn, NY
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Has been immunized against bioweapons that don't even exist yet.
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Wired.com blogger (public health, global health, diseases, food). Magazine journalist. Author of SUPERBUG and BEATING BACK THE DEVIL. Working on a new book about food production.
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Drinks whisk(e)y. Tangoes poorly. Can recite Victorian poems for much longer than you care to listen.
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  • University of Michigan
    post-grad fellowship
  • Northwestern University
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  • Georgetown University
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Scary Disease Girl. (what??)

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This "classic trash" book review made me snort tea out my nose, and you can too:

"Honestly, I don't know why anyone bothers to write sweeping cross-generational sagas of forbidden love about any other group of people. We Irish have it all: massive guilt complexes, promiscuity, addictive personalities, and a complete inability to ever let anything fucking go, ever. It makes for good copy. If you're not convinced, pick up one of those Maeve Binchy novels you buy for your mom at Christmas, and try to picture the characters hailing from Wellfleet instead. What about a German Scarlett O'Hara? Morgen ist ein anderer Tag? That's just plain menacing."
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I have a vague memory of watching an episode of a network medical drama -- was it St. Elsewhere? -- and hearing a character say that before HIV came along, "VD was no b.d." And that's true: For decades, we didn't take sexually transmitted diseases seriously, because antibiotics made them almost instantly curable. Only, that's no longer true. At Wired, I describe a medical journal's warning that gonorrhea is well on the way to untreatable.
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The pharm companies are too busy creating new (versions) of psychotropic drugs for a growing captive clientele ; no body is ever "cured", they just move to the next new thing. As the daily stress, so does their need for "Dr. Feel Good".
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Maggots, leeches, 1950s milkshakes and the "ick factor": More on fecal transplants, because people just love this stuff. Brilliant sound journalist Steve Mirsky kindly features me on the SciAm podcast.
A Blog Around The Clock; Anecdotes from the Archive; @ScientificAmerican; Budding Scientist; The SA Incubator; The Network Central; Scientific American Observations; Octopus Chronicles; Solar at Home;...
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More on the hair-raising news of totally drug-resistant TB in India: I dig back through the literature (with an assist from ProMED, whom if you don't follow, you should) and find the earliest recorded cases of TDR were not India, or Iran, but Italy in 2003. So, maybe stay away from places that start with a vowel. Just in case.
A follow-up to Monday's post on the recognition in India of totally drug-resistant tuberculosis, TDR-TB: The fantastic early-warning list Pr...
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Actually,we've got some cases in the US that have never been proven curable. The sufferers live in permanent quarantine. (Solitary confinement.). 
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TB was the HIV of its day, a global epidemic that took the young, urban and brilliant — and since the 1990s, it's been coming back in increasingly hard-to-treat forms. At Wired, I talk about the latest, very unsettling discovery: In India, 12 cases that resist treatment by all known TB drugs.
Physicians in Mumbai, India are calling a new strain of tuberculosis TDR, for Totally Drug-Resistant. In other words, it is untreatable as far as they know. Superbug blogger Maryn McKenna reports.
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To Devin Baillie- I agree with you about doing more: I already support Maranatha Missionaries- Docters without Borders- and 3abn.com/tv , and other hands on programs in this pursuit. :-) XLNT 2012 2 U and Urs G+ people. Leland Luster
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Randomly tagging people to photos that they are not in is childish, annoying, and spammy. Stop it.
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A lot of these tags are unintentional. I've seen it happen to others- your name comes in as a suggestion, people accidentally click it. I think you can adjust your settings so as to only allow certain circles to tag you; I have no idea how though.
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In Washington, it's practically a tradition: If you have news to release that people will react to negatively, wait til just before a holiday to do it. The FDA apparently followed that tradition last night: It slipped into the Federal Register, without any other announcement, a notice that it is backing off its long-held plan to bar the use of growth-promoter antibiotic dosing in livestock feed. At Wired, I explain why this practice is such a ban idea — it's been banned in the EU since 2005 — and why the ban has nevertheless struggled in the US.
With no notice other than a holiday-eve posting in the Federal Register, the US Food and Drug Administration has reneged on its long-stated intention to
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Wish you and all A VERY VERY HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS CHRISTMAS........god bless..
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The launch of an advocacy group in Georgia, where I live, gives me the opportunity to look at some of the stats around chicken production. For instance: Georgia is the home of broiler-chicken raising in the US, producing 1.4mm chickens per year, along with 2mm tons of chicken manure, and uncountable antibiotic-resistant organisms. (OK, I knew about the organisms part.)
It's astonishing what you can not know about the place where you live. Me, for instance: I live mostly in Atlanta. I've lived here twice, on...
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Our local shop sells excellent and tasty free range eggs.  Paxcroft appear to be commercial and show it can be done.  I just hope that the chickens are OK.
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So, you might have noticed that about 2 weeks ago, there was a bloom of stories saying antibiotic-resistant bacteria on meat is no big deal and not because of farm antibiotic use. Here's why I think they were all wrong.
A paper released recently, by the University of Iowa team that is the lone US research group tracking
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Ty for the info
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An update on TDR-TB in India (sorry to drop out of sight, conference + bronchitis): The Indian government says it isn't happening. That should work.
An update to the news two weeks ago of totally drug-resistant tuberculosis, TDR-TB, being identified in India (and earlier in Italy and Iran...
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Tyrannaberculosis !! That germ ?
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Gah. Had to take to G+ because my rage at the NYT Public Editor's "should reporters be 'truth vigilantes'?" cannot be contained in 140.

Dear Public Editor:
1. This column is an embarrassment.
2. Fortunately, your readers (135 comments in 2 hours and rising) are so much smarter than you are.
3. And to answer: No. You go ahead with your slavish Sunday Styles paeans to the lives of the 1% and your whines about not being able to find a Fairway in Kansas City. Leave journalism to those of us working out here who don't actually have to wonder what our job is.
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+Maryn McKenna Given the magnitude of the bad public response his strikingly obtuse pair of postings, has anyone considered starting a petition at Change.org to have the NYT remove Mr Brisbane from his current duties? NYT describes Brisbane as the "... readers' representative. He responds to complaints and comments from the public and monitors the paper's journalistic practices ..." Brisbane may be trying, but seriously, how well is he likely succeed after all of this? NYT needs an aggressive, savvy, and "for real" readers' advocate if they want to be taken seriously.
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true dat.
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Phone calls are so 2009.
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Why haven't I done that yet? That sounds about right :)
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