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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
April 28, 1994
You know that home-rendered lard is better than what you can find at most stores, but you can't imagine doing it yourself? There's really almost nothing to it.--First, cut cold fat into evenly sized pieces (Step 1). Spread cubed fat in a single layer over the bottom of a roasting pan (Step 2). Bake at low heat (about 250 degrees) until fat renders and cubes turn brown and crispy (Step 3). Finally, drain crispy cracklings on paper towels and strain rendered fat into container (Step 4).
April 10, 2006
Re "Bird flu and Chicken Littles," Opinion, April 6 Marc Siegel denounces scientists and public health officials for "speculations and hysterical predictions" about bird flu. The problem is that the scientific literature to which Siegel refers does not support his contention that bird flu is a long way away from turning into a human infection. On the contrary, recent studies show that H5N1, the bird flu strain spreading across Eurasia, is perfectly capable of evolving mutations certifiably dangerous to human individuals and populations.