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Peanut Allergy Treatment Trial In UK "A Success"

xupere Re:the remaining 16% (192 comments)

I can speak from experience on this. I have a relatively mild peanut* allergy - by relatively mild I mean I don't have to carry an epi-pen and I've never had any life-threatening reactions though they can be very unpleasant.

The first/most common reaction I get is a scratchy throat which results in coughing. I don't find it hard to breathe beyond the coughing but my throat feels very irritated and slightly constricted. The best way to describe it might be like feeling incredibly dry. This reaction is usually pretty quick and if I feel it coming on I know I'd better stop eating whatever is causing it. It's not fun but if the coughing isn't bad I don't always have to excuse myself from social situations and it gradually fades over the course of an hour or so. But sometimes the onset is more gradual, perhaps due to lower concentrations. In this case if I ingest enough I can end up curled up in a pretty miserable ball of the worst stomach pain I've ever felt.

Bendadryl and time help. When I was a child in school I usually carried a benadryl capsule with me, but now I'm just cautious. I'm grateful that my reactions aren't life-threatening and also that I have no problem being around other people eating peanuts, but they can certainly be unpleasant enough for me to read ingredient labels closely and ask when offered things like cookies/brownies/etc.

*known allergens - peanuts, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts; known non-allergens - cashews, pistachios (both of which I love)

about 9 months ago

'Opportunity' Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary Roving Mars

xupere Re:To Those Who Say ... (51 comments)

Thank you, Martian winds. I always like extra bonus science.

about 9 months ago

'Opportunity' Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary Roving Mars

xupere Re:Not Orders Of Magnitude (51 comments)

You need two digits to write the number 90.

Not in numbering systems of base-91 or higher, you insensitive clod!

about 9 months ago

Oldest Human DNA Contains Clues To Mysterious Species

xupere Re:Modern Denisovans and (93 comments)

They look so kind! But, let us pray WWF and Greepeace doesn't get too involved in this. Or, in other words, How un-pc can this untangling get?

The World Wrestling Federation and Greenpeace? Seems an unlikely combination but could be interesting ...

about a year ago

First Evidence Found of a Comet Strike On Earth

xupere Re:Update? (68 comments)

I'm not saying it was aliens ...

1 year,7 days

US Nuclear Weapons Lab Discovers How To Suppress the Casimir Force

xupere Re:Thermionic valves also work (112 comments)

Besides, we need people to magnify the Casimir effect if we're to ever get wormhole technology.

Increase the surface area with a series of (complementary) deep grooves and ridges?

1 year,10 days

New Drugs Trail Many Old Ones In Effectiveness Against Disease

xupere Or ... (230 comments)

Maybe the placebos are getting more effective!

about a year ago

UN Says: Why Not Eat More Insects?

xupere Re:Quite right. (626 comments)

There are tribes in South America that think eating shrimp is disgusting (and with some justification), but who will scarf down a cricket with relish.

Oh, well as long as you put relish on it, count me in! Maybe a little horseradish too for kick?

about a year and a half ago

One-Molecule Nanocar Takes a Test Drive

xupere Top Atom (51 comments)

I'm not going to get excited about this until I see it reviewed on Top Gear. I bet the Stig could get it up to at least 9 nanometers per 10 electric pulses.

more than 2 years ago

Ubuntu 11.10 ('Oneiric Ocelot') Released

xupere Re:I should probably upgrade my netbook (455 comments)

I have a dual-screen setup with my main monitor on the right, so the left-handed, fixed menu really is a pain: either I make it collapse, and then have to target a very slim pixel-wide bar to un-collapse it, or I have to leave it there and waste screen space.

My setup at work (software engineer) is what you described: dual-screen, main on the right with the windows start bar collapsed on the left side so it's in the "middle". After quickly getting used to targeting the pixel-wide bar instead of heavy-handing the cursor to one side I found the bar was in the ideal place to be reached quickly from either monitor. That's my personal preference.

But I agree, I don't see why the menu location shouldn't be customizable.

about 3 years ago

Membrane That Turns Any Surface Into a Touchscreen

xupere Re:16 contact points (111 comments)

16 contact points ought to be enough for anybody. No one will need more than 16 contact points for multi-touch input.

more than 4 years ago

A Hyper-Velocity Impact In the Asteroid Belt?

xupere Two asteroids colliding (114 comments)

Well, where do you think baby asteroids come from?

more than 4 years ago

Ocean-Crossing Dragonflies Discovered

xupere Coconuts (95 comments)

Were they African or European dragonflies?

more than 4 years ago

Blu-ray Capacity Increase Via Firmware

xupere Great (232 comments)

Great, now my boss will be asking me to increase our microcontroller's ROM size with a software update.

more than 4 years ago

Windows 7 Has Lots of "God Modes"

xupere Re:Those strings can't be right (422 comments)

Entering IDDT once reveals the whole map. Twice reveals monsters and I believe rockets also show up on the map. You could run around playing it as sort of an indoor bastardized version of Asteroids.

more than 4 years ago


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