November 3, 2005
Re "Bush's Flu Plan Stresses Vaccine," Nov. 2 I could drain the English language dry in describing the colossal foolishness of President Bush's plan to vaccinate 20 million Americans against the current strain of avian flu. Why so? Because the current strain of avian flu, due to its lack of human-to-human transmissibility, poses no significant threat. The virus must mutate to achieve the feared scenario of rapid human-to-human transmission while retaining its lethal potential. Vaccination against the current strain will most likely provide little to no protection whatsoever against the new, deadly, mutated strain.
October 19, 2009 |
As we have grown older, my husband and I have developed hearing problems: For me, hearing requires more effort, while he cannot hear sometimes in spite of any effort. We both complain that young people today talk too fast or swallow their words or don't look at us when they speak. And we have difficulty in large groups where there are multiple conversations and different voices and background sounds. I manage through paying close attention, even straining, when people speak, or relying on context to help me understand words I do not hear clearly.
January 28, 1985
Three cases of the Philippine flu --the first strain of influenza discovered this season--have been confirmed, Los Angeles County health officials said. Dr. Betty Agee, chief of the county Health Department's acute communicable disease control division, said it is encouraging that the cases were discovered so late in the flu season, which is traditionally between December and March in California.
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November 2, 1995 |
Big 'roos bounce better--and a couple of Australian researchers believe they can explain why. Reporting in Nature, M.B. Bennett and G.C. Taylor of the University of Queensland found that when the feet of a kangaroo hit the ground, the tendons in its hind legs stretch like rubber bands, absorbing part of the energy. As the kangaroo begins its next hop, the tendons contract and shoot the animal forward. The larger the kangaroo, the greater the strain on the tendons. That increases the amount of energy that can be stored between hops and allows for more efficient hops, the researchers said.
April 11, 2010 |
Last month, public health researchers reported that six Canadians -- one in Ontario, five in Saskatchewan -- were infected with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, drug-resistant staph. That may not sound unusual, but there was something odd about their illnesses: They were caused by a strain that during the last few years has spread through livestock and farm workers in Europe and North America. But the Canadians made sick by the bacterium had no contact with animals or farming; one of them, an elderly woman, had been housebound for several years.
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April 12, 2013 |
West Hollywood city officials and community leaders warned residents Friday about a serious case of meningococcal infection recently found in Los Angeles County, a bacteria-caused illness that can lead to potentially deadly meningitis . "We don't want to panic people," said West Hollywood City Councilman John Duran. "But we learned 30 years ago the consequences of delay in the response to AIDS. We are sounding the alarm that sexually active gay men need to be aware that we have a strain of meningitis that is deadly on our hands.
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May 11, 1993
I just found out recently that we who oppose the dump are wrong. Do you know why? Because we ("the opposition," as Supervisor Maggie Kildee's spokesman calls us) are claiming 600 trucks will make the trip to the dump each day, whereas Supervisor Kildee's office says "only 100" trucks will take a dump at the dump. Only 100? Let's see--figuring on an eight-hour day, that comes out to only one truck every 4.8 minutes. That should make us all breathe a little easier, while our air becomes filthier, our lives unhealthier and California 33 gradually cracks under the strain.
May 24, 1989 |
On May 31, 1911, the day after the first Indianapolis 500, the Indianapolis News carried an editorial reading, in part, "Interesting and thrilling as was the race at the Speedway yesterday, it is to be hoped we have seen the last of these 500-mile contests. "The winning driver (Ray Harroun) said that the limit had been reached and that the strain of the participants was far too great. . . . So it seems we have gone too far in this form of sports. . . . " Harroun's average speed for the 500 miles was 74.59 m.p.h.
August 9, 2008 |
Even viruses can suffer a viral infection, French scientists reported Thursday in the journal Nature in a discovery that may help explain how viruses swap genes and evolve so rapidly. A new strain of giant virus was isolated from a cooling tower in Paris and found to be infected by a smaller type of virus, named Sputnik, after the first man-made satellite. Sputnik is the first example of a virus infecting another virus to make it sick. The finding may shed light on how viruses mutate so quickly, a feature that can make them difficult to tackle with drugs and vaccines.