When Moral Hazard is the Safest Course

Patheos blogger Thomas McDonald of God and the Machine is horrified by the FDA's recommendation to approve Truvada (an antiretroviral cocktail) as preventative treatment for HIV.  When people use the prophylactic regime, their chances of contracting HIV are reduced by 50-75%.  As far as I can tell, these are the 'actual use' numbers.  With perfect use, the chance of infection goes down to pretty much zero.  This is why, in affluent countries with good health care services, there's virtually no ch … [Read more...]

Tuesday is Science Section Day

Sorry for the delay in posting.  I've been wrapped up finishing the final exams/programming assignments for the distance learning classes I've been taking from Stanford on Machine Learning and AI.  If you want to register to take any of the Spring offerings, you can check the listings here (scroll to the bottom).  Anyway, it's left me in a mood for some science sniping.I'm coming down on the side of Marc from Bad Catholic when he complains about the overhyped claims of scientists (but mostly … [Read more...]