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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

chooks Re:Where is the line on other health aspects thoug (663 comments)

It's hard to take seriously a source that says:

- The mechanism of action of vitamin D in infection... suggests pharmaceutical doses of vitamin D (1,000 IU per pound of body weight per day for several days) will effectively treat not only influenza and the common cold, but help treat a host of other seasonal infections, including meningitis, septicemia, and pneumonia, in both children and adults (emphasis added). source referenced in parent post

Personally, if I have septicemia or bacterial meningitis/pneumonia, I will take whatever the sensitivities say I should. If you choose to treat your N. meningitidis with Vit D, please stay at home so that you don't force everyone else to take prophylaxis.

about a week ago

With Community Help, Chrome Could Support Side Tabs Extension

chooks Re:Get with the times (117 comments)

Sib AC is correct. I have been using palemoon with tree style tabs for well over a year. No problems.

Palemoon overall has been a good experience. It is relatively stable (maybe a couple of crashes in a history of heavy heavy use) and speedy. It is worth checking out if you haven't already.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Linux Database GUI Application Development?

chooks Re:Java (264 comments)

JavaFX is definitely an improvement over Swing. One other big improvement is its use of annotation based injection (@FXML annotation) to reduce lots of boiler-plate code to handle events from the UI and such.

As to IDE support, Oracle's SceneBuilder is OK - not the best but it can be helpful in getting layouts set up.

I really hate Swing but find JavaFX very nice to work in.

about two weeks ago

The Downside of Connected Healthcare: Cyberchondria

chooks Re:Self-diagnosis (79 comments)

Hmmm...we covered Ehler-Danlos and collagen synthesis disorders the first year of med school (might have even been in the first couple of months).

Glad to hear you finally got a diagnosis.

about three weeks ago

Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

chooks Re:Like the world needs more web monkeys ... (226 comments)

someone who works 12 hours days for 3 months is a monkey. really. that's about all I have to say about that.

Only 72 hours in a week??? And only for 3 months? I call that a vacation!

/Resident physician
//Maybe Dr. Monkey to you?
///Did also stay in holiday in express.
///That is all.

about 2 months ago

Experts Decry Randomized Ebola Treatment Trials As Unethical, Impractical

chooks Re:Yea, best form a comitee to consider all option (193 comments)

So how would you do an RCT for something like Ebola, a disease that really only manifests itself when it starts to spread? Would you ask for volunteers to be infected outside of an outbreak in ordered to test efficacy/safety? Is there an IRB board in the country that would authorize something like this?

I actually do agree that you don't want to get all Mavericky with drug experimentation. At a certain point though you need patients with the disease to test efficacy and safety. If the only time you have patients is during an outbreak then when else can you test in vivo responses?

about 4 months ago

Treasure Map: NSA, GCHQ Work On Real-Time "Google Earth" Internet Observation

chooks Re:So they'll suffer from TMI (267 comments)

Except printers put in identifying information into their printed pages.

Although AFAIK crayons and/or markers are not identifiable...

about 5 months ago

In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

chooks Re:Voltaire (441 comments)

It was panglossian for him to think this would all turn out for the best.

about 5 months ago

13-Year-Old Finds Fungus Deadly To AIDS Patients Growing On Trees

chooks Re:the cure for AIDS (134 comments)

You could be a carrier for months to years and be a vector without showing up positive in a test.

Just for the record, this is not correct. While it is true that there is an eclipse period during which testing is not useful (as indeed, there is an eclipse period for any viral infection), for HIV that window is currently very small.


  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Monitoring selected national HIV prevention and care objectives by using HIV surveillance dataâ"United States and 6 dependent areasâ"2011. HIV Surveillance Supplemental Report 2013;18(No. 5). http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/library/reports/ surveillance/. Published October 2013.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Association of Public Health Laboratories. Laboratory Testing for the Diagnosis of HIV Infection: Updated Recommendations. Available at http://stacks.cdc.gov/view/cdc/23447. Published June 27, 2014..

about 5 months ago

Hackers Steal Data Of 4.5 Million US Hospital Patients

chooks Re:why internet connected? (111 comments)

In fact, too much data has been shown to lead to more misdiagnoses in ER's.

Citation needed

What type of data are you talking about? Lots of largely irrelevant lab data? (oh look...an elevated ESR!) Or is it historical data (Why yes Doctor, I do have a metal plate in my head. Is that bad for an MRI?)

The clinical history is one of the most powerful diagnostic tools available. Even in the ED.

about 5 months ago

Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

chooks Re:Linux Mint 17 (322 comments)

I finally decided to give linux (Ubuntu 14.04) a go as a primary OS on my new laptop with a win 7 vbox guest os. The install process is still a little rough around the edges (it took me a day to figure out that linux STILL doesn't support the raid chipset (intel) on my MB. Grrrr...).

But other than that, it is nice to have a real development environment and I was pleasantly suprised with how smoothly things integrate. VirtualBox is easy to work with and I had a guest OS installed with little hassle for my windows-specific software that I require. It's not a bad way to go.

about 6 months ago

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

chooks Re:Distinct DNA (1330 comments)

There are strict criteria for brain death that do exactly that.

about 6 months ago

Human Blood Substitute Could Help Meet Donor Blood Shortfall

chooks Re:JWs' view and my view (172 comments)

Plasma is primarily water with a collection of proteins (performing a variety of opposing functions) and should contain no viable cells. There is probably a chance of contamination with viable cells (probably more common in plasma derived from whole blood, but I have no data/sources to back this up) but this may also depend on the type of plasma (e.g. frozen vs liquid -- but again I have no data at the moment to indicate risks on one versus the other).

about 8 months ago

Human Blood Substitute Could Help Meet Donor Blood Shortfall

chooks Re:JWs' view and my view (172 comments)

I hate to break it to you, but platelets have mitochondria, consume energy, have cellular processes, activation/deactivation signals, etc..., so not quite sure that classifying them as "not living cells" is accurate.

On another note, you found contradictions in a Christian religion's doctrines? Shocking! Excuse me while I head to my fainting couch...

about 8 months ago

Physician Operates On Server, Costs His Hospital $4.8 Million

chooks Re:Most physicians have personally owned systems (143 comments)

Irrelevant. I.T failed in preventing him from doing it,

Agreed. I have never worked in a place (hospital or otherwise) where an end user could expose an internal service to the public.

HR failed

That pretty much sums up HR in general.

Drs. can afford their own private internet connection,

out of curiosity, how do you think this would work? A doctor is at the hospital, needs network access and.....has the phone company install a phone line in each of the wards she is rounding in? The "learning shit" is kinda important...like looking up the proper drug dose for a particular patient population, new diagnostic criteria, etc...

many docs think they are experts at computers. A minority actually are. Thus looks like a guy playing sysadmin who get left holding the dookie from incompetent net admins

about 9 months ago

London Black Cabs Threaten Chaos To Stop Uber

chooks Re:It's about power, not being a customer (417 comments)

But look at the morning after pill. There was a monied interest behind that abortion related aspect so whoosh it was approved in 2 seconds.

notsureiftrolling.jpg but the morning after pill (e.g. Plan B) is a contraceptive, not an abortificant. Contrast with RU-486 (a genuine abortificant), which did get hung up quite a bit with approval, despite Big Pharma behind it.

about 9 months ago

Elderly Mice Perk Up With Transfused Blood

chooks Re:Scientific Vamperisim! (178 comments)

You can store blood, properly prepared for up to 10 years at -65C. You have to use glycerol as a storage medium. People with rare phenotypes can freeze their own blood for use later when they need it. Athletes can freeze their blood to use it for doping at the appropriate time (see Tyler Hamilton's book The Secret Race for more of this type of usage).

Fresh blood can be stored from anywhere 35-42 days, depending on the storage solution used (e.g. CPDA-1 or CPD + additives).

...the more you know

about 9 months ago

Will Peggy the Programmer Be the New Rosie the Riveter?

chooks Re:Todd the Teacher.. (333 comments)

You missed the big one. Todd the Teacher.

I'll one-up you: Dave the Daycare Provider.

Oscar the Ob-Gyn?

about a year ago

New Study Shows One-Third of Americans Don't Believe In Evolution

chooks Re:And this is somehow supposed to be a surprise? (1010 comments)

I'm with the sib post here. I really enjoyed o-chem. It actually made me sad that I didn't take P-chem when I had the chance.

One thing that made the difference was that I prepared before the class even started -- I looked at the list of suggested readings in the course syllabus and went through one of the suggested resources ("Pushing Electrons"). An awesome little work book that made everything I learned in class very understandable.

And yeah - I took Ochem as a pre-req for med school and guess what? I still use information I learned in that pre-req as an MD. So much for the "you'll never use it!" argument!

about a year ago


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