Clinics in Kenya

I am almost recovered from jet lag, and hopefully able to post something more coherent than animal photos.

Our team in western Kenya saw more than 600 patients in 7 1/2 clinic days; in addition to every day complaints of aches and pains, we saw malaria, typhoid fever, atypical Mycobacteria, numerous parasitic illnesses, HIV, and various cancers. There was even a case of chickenpox (the students had never seen it!).

Our team worked hard and worked well together; I would be proud to work with them anywhere.

Thanks again to everyone for your prayers and encouragement–Mungu akubariki (God bless you)!

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The sun has gone quiet…

The main driver of all weather and climate, the entity which occupies 99.86% of all of the mass in our solar system, the great ball of fire in the sky – has gone quiet again during what is likely to be the weakest sunspot cycle in more than a century. For the past 5 days, solar activity has been very low and one measure of solar activity – its X-ray output – has basically flatlined in recent days (plot below courtesy NOAA/Space Weather Prediction Center). Not since cycle 14 peaked in February 1906 has there been a solar cycle with fewer sunspots. We are currently more than six years into Solar Cycle 24 and today the sun is virtually spotless despite the fact that we are still in what is considered to be its solar maximum phase. Solar cycle 24 began after an unusually deep solar minimum that lasted from 2007 to 2009 which included more spotless days on the sun compared to any minimum in almost a century.

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