Effect Measure

Archives for October, 2006

When it comes to vaccinations, a high degree of safety is one of the paramount issues. This is because even a small risk, like one in a million, when multiplied by tens of millions will produce tens or more of adverse events. The trade-off, of course, is the prevention of the disease the vaccine is…

As the October 31 date for the resumption of the trial of the Tripoli 6 looms, the world scientific community is weighing in. From the ScienceNow section of the journal Science:

[NB: This is a companion to today's post on the Tripoli 6] Yesterday (October 24) was United Nations Day. Thanks to BoingBoing we were alerted that Librivox, an organization devoted to making available US Public Domain recordings, has an audiobook of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 21 languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Afrikaans, English…

Handshaking and flu

We’re getting down to it. What’s the scientific basis for a lot of advice that’s being given out as if its uncontroversial. Like washing hands. Or shaking hands is the way flu viruses are passed around. From Helen Branswell’s usual superior reporting:

Bombs, bullets, billions

An urgent communication from the World Health Organization (WHO) expresses concisely how far behind we are in being prepared for a global pandemic of influenza. Currently there are a number of vaccines under development, some of which might protect against an H5N1 virus that has become readily transmissible from person to person. But none are…

The mask controversey

Helen Branswell has a story about a battle being waged among virologists and occupational health specialists regarding how influenza is spread from person to person:

Nightmare in vaccination land

It’s an influenza vaccination program’s worst nightmare. In Israel, four elderly and chronically ill patients have died of cardiac arrest within days of receiving influenza vaccinations:

Nerdiest ScienceBlogger: me

Back in September Janet at Adventures in Ethics and Science challenged Sciencebloggers to a nerd-off. I didn’t take part because I have an inherent sense of fairness. Professionals shouldn’t compete with amateurs. So I let it go. But now I want to claim my rightful crown from the usurper.

I have a lot of hope for the new generation. My students are wonderful, smart, committed, politically savvy. Much better than the two generations that preceded them, the dead period between the sixties and now (don’t take offense; I know a lot of you are, and were, smart, committed and politically savvy during that time,…

Vaccine good news stories. Or not.

It seems like you can’t turn around these days without seeing another vaccine story on the wires. Novartis has announced its cell culture vaccine technology has successfully passed its clinical trials and is preparing for regulatory approvals. Instead ofusing eggs to grow the vaccine seed strain, Novartis is using dog kidney cells which are permissive…