art by =saintchase

Theoryland Resources

WoT Interview Search

Search the most comprehensive database of interviews and book signings from Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson and the rest of Team Jordan.

Wheel of Time News

An Hour With Harriet

2012-04-30: I had the great pleasure of speaking with Harriet McDougal Rigney about her life. She's an amazing talent and person and it will take you less than an hour to agree.

The Bell Tolls

2012-04-24: Some thoughts I had during JordanCon4 and the upcoming conclusion of "The Wheel of Time."

Theoryland Community

Members: 7611

Logged In (0):

Newest Members:johnroserking, petermorris, johnadanbvv, AndrewHB, jofwu, Salemcat1, Dhakatimesnews, amazingz, Sasooner, Hasib123,

Theoryland Tweets

Forums

Home | Chat | Old Forums(Yuku)


Go Back   Theoryland of the Wheel of Time Forums > THEORYLAND STEDDINGS > Non WoT Discussion
User Name
Password

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 04-14-2016, 05:57 AM
yks 6nnetu hing's Avatar
yks 6nnetu hing yks 6nnetu hing is offline
Hero of the Horn
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Orbiting DaiShan1981
Posts: 3,743
yks 6nnetu hing has a reputation beyond reputeyks 6nnetu hing has a reputation beyond reputeyks 6nnetu hing has a reputation beyond reputeyks 6nnetu hing has a reputation beyond reputeyks 6nnetu hing has a reputation beyond reputeyks 6nnetu hing has a reputation beyond reputeyks 6nnetu hing has a reputation beyond reputeyks 6nnetu hing has a reputation beyond reputeyks 6nnetu hing has a reputation beyond reputeyks 6nnetu hing has a reputation beyond reputeyks 6nnetu hing has a reputation beyond repute
Default Zika

it's worse than people thought. And what they thought was already bad enough... (bolded bits are my emphasis)

Quote:
Zika Highlights Weaknesses In Public Health

Judy Stone

News about Zika keeps getting worse. First is growing evidence that Zika causes of the serious birth defect, microcephaly (abnormally small brain and skull) and severe mental retardation. The CDC just announced their analysis that concludes Zika is the cause of many recent microcephaly cases, with CDC Director Dr. Thomas R. Frieden declaring, “There is no longer any doubt that Zika causes microcephaly.” He added, “Never before in history has there been a situation where a bite from a mosquito can result in a devastating malformation.” Studies supporting this conclusion were just published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

This past week, Zika infections were also linked with more Guillain-Barre cases, a type of paralysis from an autoimmune reaction. Another neurologic bombshell was that Brazilian scientists have linked Zika with an autoimmune syndrome called acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, or ADEM, which causes symptoms mimicking multiple sclerosis. Zika seems to have an affinity for nerve cells (neurotropism), and has been linked with cases of encephalitis (brain inflammation) and myelitis (nerve inflammation) as well.

The final bit of recent bad news is that Zika is likely more often sexually transmitted than was previously believed. What was especially striking is that “semen had 630,914-times more ZIKV RNA in it than serum (316,209 times more than urine) – two weeks later! And in addition to the detection of viral RNA, infectious ZIKV could be isolated using cell culture of the semen sample,” as virologist Ian Mackay explains⁠.

Zika is also again highlighting that politics trumps rational public health policy, especially given the growing range of serious neurologic abnormalities in both the fetus and now adults. Zika shows huge weaknesses in our public health infrastructure and ability to respond to infectious disease threats, as well as illustrating our Congress’ priorities. For example, Maryn McKenna’s post highlights how fragmented the insect control efforts are, and the lack of coordination between jurisdictions. These threats go well beyond Zika, and are urgently problematic for other mosquito and tick-borne diseases as well.

What is Congress’ response? They have refused to fund NIH’s request for emergency funding for Zika, forcing President Obama to divert money from our Ebola response. Their attitude is like Alfred E. Neuman’s “What-Me Worry?” with House Speaker Paul Ryan declaring that the federal government has “plenty of money” to fight Zika. If Congress is worried about waste, perhaps they should start with some pork projects and mismanaged Pentagon projects detailed in this recent report from CIP.

The neglect of public health didn’t just start. West Nile infections, which are also mosquito-borne, boosted attention to public health needs in the early 2000s. Since then, there has been a drop of at least 41% in the number of people doing mosquito surveillance, to see what infections the insects carry. There are seven states that don’t do any surveillance. States have also cut back on testing ticks for Lyme, Babesia, and other emerging infectious diseases.

The 2014 report by the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists⁠ was quite damning, concluding “public health laboratory capacity for proactive surveillance is poor to nonexistent in most states.”

A similar report from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials reports revealed that “since 2008, 20 agencies have cut programs for sexually transmitted diseases (STD), including AIDS, and 15 have cut laboratory services.” We saw how well such cuts worked out in Indiana last year, with its resulting HIV epidemic. And treatment is far more expensive than prevention. At the same time as health department STD clinics have been reduced, the closures of Planned Parenthood clinics have further reduced access to care for many. Only looking between 2008 and 2014, state spending on public health decreased by $1.3 billion. While the economy improved, the spending on this important part of our health infrastructure did not, as public health funding is considered discretionary by most states.

There is little doubt that Zika will soon reach the continental United States. The virus is already hitting Puerto Rico hard (along with large swaths of Latin America and the Caribbean). Building a bigger wall on the border with Mexico won’t keep the problem out. In fact, the CDC revised its estimates of the reach of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits Zika, showing it is likely to extend further than previously thought.

In the U.S., Zika is likely to especially affect urban areas in the coastal states, like Miami, Houston, New Orleans, and Biloxi. As noted before, Zika will disproportionately affect the poor and people of color. Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, explained that these Aedes mosquitoes are likely to be found in crowded urban slums, where people “live in proximity to garbage, including old tires, plastic containers and drainage ditches filled with stagnant water.” Also, since the poor are more likely to live in dilapidated housing without screens (let alone air-conditioning), they are more vulnerable to insect-borne diseases like Zika, dengue, Chikungunya, and Chagas disease (a major cause of heart failure, transmitted by the triatomine “kissing” bug).

Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the NIH, has practically begged Congress for emergency funding, with his pleas falling on deaf ears. “By not supporting the resources needed for an aggressive response to Zika, Congress is playing a very risky game with the health of the American people. A new infectious disease doesn’t care about politics, and Congress should be focused on how to best support the efforts needed to protect health,” concluded Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, Associate Dean, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

We sorely need more funding for research and public health—not just for Zika, but also for Lyme, antimicrobial resistance, and a host of other urgent threats to our country. Because of the likely birth defects, serious neurologic consequences, and likely sexual transmission, Zika funding is especially critically important now. Public health needs should be above partisan politics. Tell Congress to do its job.
So, conspiracy theory time: hands up who think that ZIKA is manmade and somehow "escaped the lab"
__________________
Homo sapiens non urinat in ventum
Theoryland Siren

Bonded to JWB

A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
-- Winston Churchill
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 04-14-2016, 12:25 PM
Ivhon's Avatar
Ivhon Ivhon is offline
Hero of the Horn
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: The Blue Star Deep in the Heart of Tejas
Posts: 3,671
Ivhon has a reputation beyond reputeIvhon has a reputation beyond reputeIvhon has a reputation beyond reputeIvhon has a reputation beyond reputeIvhon has a reputation beyond reputeIvhon has a reputation beyond reputeIvhon has a reputation beyond reputeIvhon has a reputation beyond reputeIvhon has a reputation beyond reputeIvhon has a reputation beyond reputeIvhon has a reputation beyond repute
Send a message via MSN to Ivhon Send a message via Yahoo to Ivhon
Default

Well its right there in the article.

Zika is most likely to affect urban coastal centers. Urban coastal centers vote overwhelmingly democratic. Congress refuses to act. Congress is Republican.

Clear as a bell. Republican Congress has shifted from suppressing the democratic vote to just killing it outright.

See how shiny my hat is?
__________________
I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ. - Mahatma Ghandi

Proud owner of the first post on TL's VBulletin forum (sorry...I had ta )

Greeter Emeritus
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-14-2016, 01:40 PM
Southpaw2012 Southpaw2012 is offline
Youngling
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 689
Southpaw2012 is a jewel in the roughSouthpaw2012 is a jewel in the roughSouthpaw2012 is a jewel in the rough
Default

Zika wasn't very well known before now. They've just confirmed that it's as bad as originally thought. If it's truly this bad, Congress will likely act. If not, it'd be wise to look into the reasons why and criticize what is wrong.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-14-2016, 04:58 PM
Terez's Avatar
Terez Terez is offline
Hero of the Horn
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Corn
Posts: 21,127
Terez has a reputation beyond reputeTerez has a reputation beyond reputeTerez has a reputation beyond reputeTerez has a reputation beyond reputeTerez has a reputation beyond reputeTerez has a reputation beyond reputeTerez has a reputation beyond reputeTerez has a reputation beyond reputeTerez has a reputation beyond reputeTerez has a reputation beyond reputeTerez has a reputation beyond repute
Send a message via AIM to Terez
Default

Quote:
In the U.S., Zika is likely to especially affect urban areas in the coastal states, like Miami, Houston, New Orleans, and Biloxi.
I have no idea why this list includes Biloxi. The other 3 places are legitimate urban areas; Biloxi is probably two tenths the size of the smallest of those three cities (New Orleans). Biloxi and Gulfport (my hometown) are both around 80,000, and they're in the center of the MS coast. The other towns along the coast to the LA and AL borders are smaller.
__________________
Qui nos rodunt confundantur, et cum iustis non scribantur.
@Terez27
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-14-2016, 08:16 PM
Davian93's Avatar
Davian93 Davian93 is offline
Hero of the Horn
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Colorado, USA
Posts: 20,076
Davian93 has a reputation beyond reputeDavian93 has a reputation beyond reputeDavian93 has a reputation beyond reputeDavian93 has a reputation beyond reputeDavian93 has a reputation beyond reputeDavian93 has a reputation beyond reputeDavian93 has a reputation beyond reputeDavian93 has a reputation beyond reputeDavian93 has a reputation beyond reputeDavian93 has a reputation beyond reputeDavian93 has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Southpaw2012 View Post
Zika wasn't very well known before now. They've just confirmed that it's as bad as originally thought. If it's truly this bad, Congress will likely act. If not, it'd be wise to look into the reasons why and criticize what is wrong.
Obama should come out in favor of NOT injecting yourself with Zika...so that the GOP can immediately do so to spite him.
__________________
Bonded to Brita

"We caught them in an alley on skid row in downtown Philly and brought them down with Uzi's and dogs. I beat the shit out of one of the guys for resisting arrest. After that, I went home, fried up some tofu with strawberry preserves and melon sticky rice, laid down on the couch with my snuggie and ate rose petals in sweet daisy wine sauce and watched Mamma Mia on DVD and then cried myself to sleep."

Theoryland: Just Some Crazy In A Pot
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-15-2016, 12:55 AM
yks 6nnetu hing's Avatar
yks 6nnetu hing yks 6nnetu hing is offline
Hero of the Horn
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Orbiting DaiShan1981
Posts: 3,743
yks 6nnetu hing has a reputation beyond reputeyks 6nnetu hing has a reputation beyond reputeyks 6nnetu hing has a reputation beyond reputeyks 6nnetu hing has a reputation beyond reputeyks 6nnetu hing has a reputation beyond reputeyks 6nnetu hing has a reputation beyond reputeyks 6nnetu hing has a reputation beyond reputeyks 6nnetu hing has a reputation beyond reputeyks 6nnetu hing has a reputation beyond reputeyks 6nnetu hing has a reputation beyond reputeyks 6nnetu hing has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Davian93 View Post
Obama should come out in favor of NOT injecting yourself with Zika...so that the GOP can immediately do so to spite him.
nah, didn't you read, it spreads easier via semen than serum. Just have Obama say that condoms are the safe option and voila.

ETA: I have this colleague, he's really not dumb or anything, just... well, he's from Rotterdam and he used to be a cop so when he speaks he *sounds* like a load of bricks that's super happy with himself and his abilities. Anyways, he sometimes comes with these conspiracy theories and you want to go "oh, bless you, have you actually read up on this, I mean other than talking to your drunk friends?"
__________________
Homo sapiens non urinat in ventum
Theoryland Siren

Bonded to JWB

A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
-- Winston Churchill

Last edited by yks 6nnetu hing; 04-15-2016 at 01:00 AM.
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:51 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.