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Understanding the ecology is far more effective than throwing poison at everything.
 

Predatory prawns aid fight against parasitic flatworm

"We have to examine the drivers of infection and address transmission and reinfection cycles," said researcher Susanne Sokolow

The fight against schistosomiasis, also known as snail fever, has been at a standstill for decades. In fact, the parasitic flatworm may be winning.

More than 250 million people are infected by schistosomes, the majority in the developing world. The flatworms are released into local freshwater sources by infected snails.

The infection is most commonly found in Africa, Asia and South America. Prolonged infections can cause liver damage, kidney failure, infertility and bladder cancer.

Once promising drugs like praziquantel have failed to curb infection rates. But new research suggests the best weapon against schistosomiasis is a healthy population of snail-eating prawns.

Controlling snail populations used to be a common and effective tactic, but the ecological battle against schistosomiasis waned after praziquantel came on the market.

It's not that praziquantel doesn't work. The drug knocks parasites from the intestines of infected patients relatively cheaply and effectively. The drug doesn't treat the problem at its source, however, and the majority of treated patients become reinfected by drinking or bathing in the same tainted water.

"We have to examine the drivers of infection and address transmission and reinfection cycles from both the human and environmental angles if we want to make a long-term impact," Susanne Sokolow, said.

"For schistosomiasis control, that means addressing the snails that carry the parasite."

Researchers looked at mitigation efforts in 83 different countries. The findings revealed the importance of snail-control strategies.

When drugs are deployed with predatory prawns, the percentage of the local population infected by schistosomiasis drops by 90 percent.

Sokolow and her colleagues are now working to secure funding for native prawn reintroduction programs.

"In the bigger picture, for other diseases that have environmental phases, who knows what creative solutions might exist like we have seen for schistosomiasis?" Sokolow said. "Let's bring our creativity back to these important problems and think beyond the pills."




Global Assessment of Schistosomiasis Control Over the Past Century Shows Targeting the Snail Intermediate Host Works Best

[http://journals.plos.org/plosntds/article?id=10.1371/journal.pntd.0004794]
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A certain U.S. political party likes to get upset about four (4, IV, <5) individuals who were killed in Libya almost four years ago. Somehow they've failed to notice the 100,000++ U.S. gun deaths in the intervening time. Better than 95% of those deaths are preventable by means of regulation that is already proven.

Who's bullshitting who here?
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Dear +John Poteet​​, if there is strong claim for intervention then it doesn't matter the roll call of deaths,
I do feel sad for a ticket with person like Trump a freak and clear extreme liner achieving success for the nomination, if even for the head of GOP. 

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Holy crap this is disturbing......
From article:
http://gizmodo.com/this-bouncy-siberian-soil-is-a-troubling-sign-for-our-p-1784033816

The problem is the "bouncy" soil is 'splodey too and when it doesn't explode it heats the planet on an accelerated schedule. This used to be scary climate alarmist stuff that we had limited evidence to support: five years ago. Today it's real and in your face.

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Reality is not a republican's friend. Hell, they've never been in the same room.
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A combination of extreme heat and humidity is building in the Midwest. Please take care of yourself, your neighbors, and your pets.

http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/07/21/as-a-heat-wave-builds-obama-wisely-presses-for-community-cohesion/?smid=tw-dotearth&smtyp=cur
A behavior to avoid this weekend in much of the country’s midsection.Credit Juan Cristóbal Cobo for The New York Times
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At least they are frying with the first batch. This may be good for the next elections, if a statistically significant number of old conservatives drop. I'm not going to apologize for my sense of humour because it would appear sarcastic.

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In case anybody is in doubt as to whether we'll see concentration camps if Trump is elected: some conservatives are jumping the gun.
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Hah, not just the Southern states, mind, but yeah. 🙀
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What Trump's followers want is a New Civil War; the shooting kind where they kill people because their skin is the wrong color or they wear the wrong color shirt. There's a reason for this:

They've already lost.

Or, precisely, they have already lost the political and social argument in the United States. Republicans/social conservatives in the U.S. are old and dying off. Their bullshit does not work and they damn well know it. There was no attempt to present an evidence based argument that conservatism works because the evidence is all against them.

All they have left is fear, anger, greed, and racism. That's not a "uniting" way of life. That's the way of life where they are going to attack each other the second they run out of black and brown people to attack. Humans have played this game before.
 
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Mia Frias-Russell posted a truly horrific—almost numbing—video on Facebook July 20, 2016. The post is going viral. This is the scene a young Black woman in Campbellsburg, Indiana, found when she woke up. The scene of Mia’s shed,...
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+Admiral Taptap The headline isn't really accurate. What this actually amounts to is a tightening of assault weapons regulation to close loopholes allowing easily modified weapons to be sold that could be converted to large capacity magazines.

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This is why I think most GMO promoters are full of shit. Scientists have been looking at lichen for 150 years. First we thought it was one plant; eventually we understood it to be two organisms in symbiosis. Now we're seeing it as three (or more) organisms acting together.

The problem with GM technology is that knocking out and replacing genes in a crop plant also has effects on the plant's soil ecology that we can't understand without careful observation. Observation that is not in the interests of the company trying to sell roundup ready corn, wheat, or soybeans. Yet those symbiotes can directly affect the nutritional value and/or toxicity of the plant/crop in ways that aren't going to be predictable.

You have to test each and every GMO organism rigorously. You can't say GMOs are safe any more than you can say "tryptamines" are safe. Some are, some might kill somebody. Blanket statements unsupported by science are bullshyte.

http://gizmodo.com/weve-been-wrong-about-lichen-for-150-years-1783981617
Hundreds of millions of years ago, a tiny green microbe joined forces with a fungus, and together they conquered the world. It’s a tale of two cross-kingdom organisms, one providing food and the one other shelter, and it’s been our touchstone example of symbiosis for 150 years. Trouble is, that story is nowhere near complete.
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+paul beard Exactly; blanket assurances about the safety of new technologies should be treated like hoverboard and flying car announcements.

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Somehow I don't think the Swedes will suddenly dive into poverty. Meanwhile, in the U.S., people working 50+ hours weekly can barely pay rent.

We're doing it wrong.
 
Another example of how rotten progressive ideas are. 
Sweden is moving to a six-hour working day in a bid to increase productivity and make people happier. Employers across the country have already made the change, according to the Science Alert website, which said the aim was to get more done in a shorter amount of time and ensure people had the energy to enjoy their private lives.
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Being happy should always trump everything else. :) One life, people! Be happy.

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We're in real trouble and we argue over trivialities: by design.
 
A new NASA-led study finds that almost one-fifth of the global warming that has occurred in the past 150 years has been missed by historical records due to quirks in how global temperatures were recorded. The study explains why projections of future climate based solely on historical records estimate lower rates of warming than predictions from climate models.
A new NASA-led study finds that almost one-fifth of the global warming that has occurred in the past 150 years has been missed by historical records.
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Stay classy Portland.
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If you just added me to your circles and are wondering why I'm not circling you back right away.... It's because I can't have 4,000 people in my stream. If you're brilliant in comments and don't post I'll still circle you. If I've circled you and you're not much interested in my posts no biggie; leave me out of your stream.

I am a pessimist. If your world-view is unicorns-shitting-rainbows block me now. 

Anybody left? Good, we can get to work because optimists don't seem able to make a roof that doesn't leak or a foundation that sits above the water table instead of under it. Optimists build cruise ships that flop over and sink when holed. Optimists design economic structures that collapse like a house of cards in a slight breeze. 

We have to build a better world than the optimists will let us build. A world that expects that rain falls at inconvenient times and deals with it. A world that deals with climate change and ecological overshoot. A world that deals with people as we find them instead of as we wish them to be. 

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