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Scientists Move Closer To a Universal Flu Vaccine

hether Re:removing the right to fight for your life (205 comments)

Wrong. There are plenty of published and peer reviewed studies that do show injury, such as adjuvant induced autoimmune diseases. There are also issues of ineffectiveness, bad batches, etc. and things like serotype replacement where bugs mutate into something even worse. We know of several events in history where vaccines HAVE directly caused harm, such as the polio outbreak in Nigeria that was directly caused by the oral polio vaccine and the swine flu vaccine that caused GBS. It's also a widely accepted fact that for a very small portion of population, there will be significant adverse reaction. It's not universal that all vaccines are good, safe and infallible; you can't lump them all together in one basket.

Now, I'm definitely not arguing that all vaccines are ineffective either and agree the anti-vax crew do have a lot of crazy theories that are unproven or anecdotal (including some comments made by the OP). But on both sides of the vaccine debate there is a lot of misinformation. And the problem IMO is that there should be NO area of science where we're not constantly evaluating, but for some reason, this is one of the only areas where questions do not seem to be allowed. Instead of people showing why you're wrong, they yell at you for even asking questions. I've experienced this firsthand on many occasions.

about 2 years ago
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Scientists Move Closer To a Universal Flu Vaccine

hether Re:removing the right to fight for your life (205 comments)

You knew by posting this here you were going to get slammed, right? When it comes to vaccines, the scientific minded community does not allow any room for criticism, doubt or deviation from their position that all vaccines are a godsend and beyond reproach. Doubts and skepticism are at the core of the scientific movement-- except when it comes to this issue. Instead you're just called a conspiracy theorist and a nut.

about 2 years ago
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Redheads Feel Pain Differently Than the Rest of Us

hether Re:Not just redheads (265 comments)

I wonder if maybe people can have a latent red head gene that produces the same effects but without the red hair to go with it?

more than 2 years ago
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Redheads Feel Pain Differently Than the Rest of Us

hether Re:Not just redheads (265 comments)

I also had red hair when young, red/brown now. Something similar happened to me as well, woke up early from my tonsillectomy surgery when I was in HS and the nurse ran in and was saying I wasn't meant to be awake yet, gave me some morphine quickly. Not fun.

And I've had the same issue with dental work. Whenever possible, e.g, small fillings,I now go without anesthetic. Because if it's going to hurt anyway, why bother with the numbing in the first place. I can handle intense pain for a short duration, and it saves all the time having to wait for it to wear off. The dentist I have now has hesitantly complied, says it unnerves him to know I am feeling everything. I can tell a difference in how he works when I am numbed versus not.

Do you also have issues with some pain relievers not working, or wearing off almost instantly? I can find some relief from ibuprofen, but acetaminophen is useless.

more than 2 years ago
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Scientists Advocate Replacing Cattle With Insects

hether Re:Greenhouse gas problem. (760 comments)

I understand your point, but I think you're underestimating the impact of grain fed to animals. I'm more likely to trust info with a credible source, like the reports put out by the UN

I really think the 90% number is inaccurate. That is true in part, but it's certainly not a universal truth, definitely not for all animal types. Here in the midwest US 99% of hogs are kept in confinements and fed grain.Cattle, many of those used for beef are grazed, but not all, and dairy cows are fed indoors, mostly hay or silage plus grain. Poultry animals, again mostly if not all, grain. Come see the volume of corn that is grown that is not designed for human consumption-- millions of acres grown across several states, elevators full of it.

more than 3 years ago
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Righthaven Sues For Control of Drudge Report Domain

hether I don't understand (161 comments)

I'll admit I don't know anything about Righthaven, had to look them up, but I'm wondering why they would ask for (or have any hope of getting) control of the web site? The statutory damages and removal of infringing content I can understand, but why would they possibly get control over something due to copyright infringement, especially for content they don't own? Are they filing at the request of the News Media Group?

more than 3 years ago
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Google Quashes 13 Chrome Bugs, Adds PDF Viewer

hether PDF viewer (177 comments)

"The viewer renders PDF documents as HTML-based pages"

I hope it does a better job than the PDF viewer built into Google search...

more than 3 years ago
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Tofu Activists Spoof Meat-Based Indie Game

hether Flamebait (420 comments)

Was the purpose of posting this story solely to give /.ers the chance to attack PETA? That's what all comments seem to revolve around.

FWIW, most vegans and/or animal activists I know hate PETA, myself included. They bring a bad name to a good cause.

more than 3 years ago
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What To Load On a 4-Year-Old's Netbook?

hether you don't need much (742 comments)

Our soon-to-be-4yo has gcompris, firefox, abiword and an icon to get to the the network drive where all his media is stored. In FF, we've set it up with bookmarks toolbar that shows his favorite web sites - pbskids.org, starfall.com, cbeebies.co.uk, etc. It seems to work well for him. Gcompris really ramped up his mousing skills quickly, and now he's learned how the arrow keys work so can play pretty much any of the games on those sites without help. In addition to games you can also watch videos, print things out, etc.- enough to keep a kid busy for hours if they're interested. He also loves to type in abiword, then delete it all and start again.

more than 3 years ago
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UK Copyright Group Tells Cinemas to Ban Laptops

hether Re:Who watches these horrible videos? (438 comments)

A lot of the copies on torrent sites ARE filmed in theaters (especially just after release) however definitely not by anyone using a laptop!

about 5 years ago
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For Some Medical Workers, a Flu Shot Or Possible Job Loss

hether Re:Then, why FluMist? (541 comments)

For the regular FluMist:
http://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ApprovedProducts/ucm123743.pdf
"FluMist® recipients should avoid close contact with immunocompromised individuals for at least 21 days."

For the new H1N1 mist, here is the insert:
http://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ApprovedProducts/UCM182406.pdf

The odds of transmitting the virus after receiving the nasal spray are about 2.5 percent.

I totally agree that if you're planning to get vaccinated that waiting a week or two for the shot is a better option. From what I've read most hospitals are having their staff vaccinated against the seasonal flu now, and they have a few more weeks to get the H1N1 vax, so most if not all should be able to wait and avoid the mist.

about 5 years ago
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For Some Medical Workers, a Flu Shot Or Possible Job Loss

hether Re:Where is the summary getting two thirds from? (541 comments)

It is our responsibility as parents to look after our children, not the medical establishment or the state. The responsibility of officials, doctors, etc. is to look after public health as a whole. They realize that there will be collateral damage and that some number of adverse events is guaranteed to happen as the number of people inoculated grows, but they believe it's worth it for the public good. It may be a selfish perspective, but in this case I am solely looking at what's best for my child.

It's up to the parent to weigh the risk vs. benefit and make a decision for the child until they are old enough to do that for themselves, same way as you make that call for yourself. In this case, I have looked at the risk of getting the nasal spray/shot for my son and in his age group 4.2% were hospitalized from the vaccine. Also in his age group, 4.5% have been hospitalized from the flu, with the majority of those being children with underlying conditions. Looking at those statistics, along with other collective information about what's in the shots, adverse effects reported, etc. as well as current information on how prevalent flu is in our area, reports on cause of death, etc. I have decided that at this point the risk does not outweigh the benefit he would receive. (This is all based on information from the CDC and the manufacturers of the vaccines, not from any site like whale.to.) Now, this decision is not set in stone and could change at any time, as the situation evolves every day! I am not patently anti-vaccine; a different decision is made for each one available.

As to bias, the medical professionals have an obvious bias too and many of them are similarly ignorant on the subject matter. They may know that statistically vaccines are a net positive, but know little of this particular shot. Because they are busy with the day to day work, they don't have time to read up on the latest information available (or even read the package insert) and are pressured by outside influence such as their employers, the government, media, etc.

IMO health care professionals as a group often think that they know what's best and don't remember that they are in a service position. Some people see them as God, but they are really just trained professionals like those in other areas of the economy. Just as you would with other advice you are given, you get to determine whether you want to follow it.

Now granted, this may not be why most people are avoiding the shots for their kids...

about 5 years ago
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RadioShack To Rebrand As "The Shack"?

hether The Shack and The Hut (629 comments)

They must share a marketing firm with The Hut (formerly know as Pizza Hut). God forbid you give somebody an idea what you sell at your store, even if it's not the only thing you sell.

more than 5 years ago
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Canadian TV to Adopt DRM-Free BitTorrents

hether Re:Great Canadian TV (229 comments)

Not dramas, but try Corner Gas and Little Mosque On The Prairie.

more than 6 years ago

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Ethiopian kids hack OLPCs in 5 months with zero instruction

hether hether writes  |  about 2 years ago

hether (101201) writes "What happens when you deliver sealed boxes of solar-powered tablet PCs to kids in Ethiopia, no teachers or instructions involved? (Hint — they do a helluva lot more than just play with the box!)"
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EPA Knowingly Allowed Pesticide That Kills Bees

hether hether writes  |  more than 3 years ago

hether (101201) writes "The mystery of the disappearing bees has been baffling scientists for years and now we get another big piece in the puzzle. From Fast Company — "A number of theories have popped up as to why the North American honey bee population has declined--electromagnetic radiation, malnutrition, and climate change have all been pinpointed. Now a leaked EPA document reveals that the agency allowed the widespread use of a bee-toxic pesticide, despite warnings from EPA scientists."

Environmentalists and bee keepers are calling for an immediate ban of pesticide clothianidin, sold by Bayer Crop Science under the brand name Poncho."

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EPA Knowingly Allowed Pesticide that Kills Bees

hether hether writes  |  more than 3 years ago

hether (101201) writes "The mystery of the disappearing bees has been baffling scientists for years and now we get another big piece in the puzzle. From Fast Company — "A number of theories have popped up as to why the North American honey bee population has declined--electromagnetic radiation, malnutrition, and climate change have all been pinpointed. Now a leaked EPA document reveals that the agency allowed the widespread use of a bee-toxic pesticide, despite warnings from EPA scientists." Now environmentalists and bee keepers are calling for an immediate ban of pesticide clothianidin, sold by Bayer Crop Science under the brand name Poncho."
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