Introducing a human-powered centrifuge
which separates blood into individual components in ninety seconds and costs 20 cents. [more inside]
V91.07xD Burn due to water-skis on fire, subsequent encounter
I did not know water skis can catch on fire. Presumably, somebody's water skis did catch on fire, resulting in a trip to the hospital. [more inside]
Spin the wheel to see what manner of highly unpleasant death might have befallen you
in the past. The "tool serves up causes of death in proportion to how many lives they claimed in the chosen year." Consumption? Childbed? Plague? Putrid fever?
Test your fate; you may decide time travel
doesn't sound like such a cool idea after all.
, once the scourge of livestock (as well as pets and occasionally humans [link to VERY GRAPHIC slideshow]
) throughout the Western Hemisphere, have been eradicated from the United States since 1966
. In addition to constant vigilance by veterinary services and livestock handlers, who treated wounds immediately and set traps [link to 1920s informational film]
, the method which ultimately led to control of this horrifying pest is sterile insect technique
. Maps showing the progress of the technique can be seen here
The USDA's National Agriculture Library maintains a special collection
on the Screwworm Eradication Program. Here is a good overview of the problem
and the USDA's solution, complete with (somewhat gruesome) pictures and videos. [more inside]
When two Williamsburg hipsters met at a party, they exchanged more than just
telephone numbers. Hell hath no fury
like a hipster infected. Meet the Williamsburg Avenger
. (via Gawker)
We're all going to "die".
Genocratic discourse or small-scale post-millennial angst?
is a Swiss group which has conducted low cost water treatment research
in areas of the world
currently affected by the tsunami.
There are immediate concerns
with waterbourne microbial diseases
The entire region
is receiving rainfall
at the moment. Shipping in massive amounts of plastic bottles to sanitize that falling water may be a viable immediate fix for water sanitation.
July, 2004 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic:
"The HIV epidemic is worse than ever." "As the AIDS pandemic enters its 24th year, the number of people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection continues to increase steadily.
Two thirds of infected persons are in Africa, where the epidemic exploded during the 1990s, and one fifth are in Asia, where the epidemic has been growing rapidly in recent years." A new report
from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS shows that ""in short, the epidemic is outstripping efforts to contain it."
"We're talking about more than 8,000 deaths every single day and in the war against AIDS we know the tools that work, we know the sorts of intervention that work, and if an administration is choosing other than these, and is doing less than it ought, then they're absolutely responsible."
As prevention fails and more people die, some are "still insisting that only brand-name AIDS drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration,
most of them manufactured by big U.S. pharmaceutical companies, can be bought by beneficiaries of U.S. aid, despite the fact they are as much as five times more expensive as their generic equivalents manufactured in poor countries."
The Atlas of Congenital Anomalies of the External Genitalia.
Though the site is selling the atlas, you don't have to buy it to peruse the examples of each anomaly in living, leg-crossing, full-color glory. You know you're not going to make it through the day unless you find out what a hypospadias cripple is. (NSFW; physicians' offices exempt.)
Journal of a Schizophrenic
Over the next several weeks I heard the voice every once in a while, but always in the house, when I was by myself. I became used to it, looked forward to it on occasion. I started playing pool with it. We would play a regular game of eight ball, me with the right hand and the voice with the left. I had never shot with my left hand before, but the voice won as often as not.
New form of mousepox developed.
A scientist has created an extremely deadly form of mousepox (a relative of smallpox) through genetic engineering. The new virus kills mice even if they have been given antiviral drugs as well as a vaccine that would normally protect them.
is an online community that connects people through networks of sexual partners for tracking STD contraction. (flash)
A rather extraordinary applet. Find out about the reportable communicable diseases in the US. Many hidden features.
Syphilis, a Killer Who We Are Still Trying to Solve
Did Columbus import or export Syphilis
in the New World? Do we really know whom to blame for syphilis?
An interesting thought on this, The Columbus & Evolution theories of syphilis. The evolution theory is that it is related to Yaws, a nonvenereal tropical disease of the skin, is the most primitive of all diseases.
Please start at the bottom of page 4.
Knowledge of the past may prepare us for our future.
I guess it trumps dying a horrible death (but not by much)
... "A young calf has his belly shaved. Many slashes are made in the skin. A prior batch of smallpox vaccine is dropped into the slashes and allowed to fester over a period of days. During this period of time, the calf stands in a head stall so that he can’t lick his belly. The calf is led out of the stock to a table where he is strapped down. His belly scabs and pus are scraped off and ground into a powder. The powder is the next batch of smallpox vaccine." (Excerpt from Vaccines : A Second Opinion, and link swiped wholesale from Randomwalks.)
A few years back I remember seeing a news report asking whether adverse reactions to Anthrax vaccination during the Gulf War was responsible for Persian Gulf War Syndrome. How come no one is talking about this now?
If congress or the media start clambering for Anthrax Vaccinations, will anyone remember the adverse side effects suspected by many soldiers and scientists? Yes the FDA approved the Anthrax Vaccine, but there are still many questions about it's safety. The military is not unaware of the ongoing debate, but The FDA does not have an unblemished record.
This is all getting very X-Files... (scroll down to 1991)
Stalking Dr. Steere Over Lyme Disease
-- Dr. Allen Steere was the man who first investigated and discovered Lyme Disease in 1975, but now he is troubled that doctors nationwide are misdiagnosing other conditions as Lyme disease. He has been influential in reducing the number of Lyme diagnoses, only to be attacked by angry patients who hate and threaten him for not letting them have their chosen disease -- Dr. Steere now says, "We've come to have the idea in America that it is possible to cure anything and that everyone could be well, and it's even their right to be well, and they should be angry if the medical profession doesn't make you well."