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Archives for July, 2007

Cutest Animal Ever

These are sooo precious… The one on the left is the cub.  They are Owston’s Palm Civets, Chrotogale owstoni …

Streptococcus suis Outbreaks

Infections with Streptococcus suis have been reported in a cluster in Viet Nam, plus one apparently-isolated case in China.  This is not the first outbreak of the pig-borne illness.  A larger outbreak occurred in 2005 in Sichuan, China.  In 2005, there were 205 reported cases, with 36 fatalities.  Earlier, a 1998 outbreak involved 14 deaths…

H.R. 2929 – A Milestone?

Today the US House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 2929: To limit the use of funds to establish any military installation or base for the purpose of providing for the permanent stationing of United States Armed Forces in Iraq or to exercise United States economic control of the oil resources of Iraq. US. Representative…

White Lions

I was reading about the epidemic of vitamin D deficiency, got curious about albinism, and ended up finding this picture of a white lion.  It is distributed under a creative commons license, attribution required.  The photographer is Stano Novak.  The original, in much higher resolution (and not compressed for the web) is in Wikimedia. This…

How Low Can it Get?

The latest American Research Group poll shows the lowest approval rating ever for President Bush, a 2-point decline in the past month.   I can’t help but think the statement about having the Justice Department ignore contempt citations has alienated even more voters. UPDATE: Poll Finds Democrats Favored On War But Bush, Congress Both Get…

Bungee Eye

This image shows what can happen to your retina from a sudden increase in venous pressure.  What could cause such a sudden increase?  Jumping straight down, followed by sudden upward acceleration.  The patient initially had 20/400 vision in the affected eye.  After surgery it stabilized at 20/25.  The image, by the way, can be viewed…

Small Brain – Normal Life

As reported in the journal, The Lancet, a man has been found who had a small brain, but a normal life.  The article is subscription only so I am not even going to link to it.  But it is still noteworthy.     There is a fair summary in the online version of Der Spiegel,…

The Perfect Commentary

This is from the transcript of a discussion with Olympia Snowe on Face the Nation, earlier today: SCHIEFFER: Already we’re beginning to hear American senior officers in Iraq say, `Well, we may not be able to tell by September if all this is working.’ Will the Senate buy that? Sen. SNOWE: I don’t believe so,…

Visas NOW!

This morning’s Washington Post has a headline: Envoy Urges Visas For Iraqis Aiding U.S. Targets of Violence Are Seeking Refuge The idea is that Iraqis who aid the US cause need something to motivate them.  I have an idea.  How about giving visas to US troops so they can come to the USA? Now.

The Sanofi-Aventis obesity pill, rimonabant, will be labeled with stronger warnings as a result of a review by The European Medicines Agency (EMEA).   According to the EMEA press release on Acomplia (31 KB PDF file): The European Medicines Agency (EMEA) today recommended contraindicating Acomplia (rimonabant) from sanofi-aventis, in patients with ongoing major depression or…