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Tom Eigelsbach
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LYMErix, a promising vaccine for Lyme disease introduced in the ‘90s, was taken off the market due to pushback from superstitious anti-vaxxers (among other groups). Is it time to bring the drug back?

The vaccine appeared to prevent about 80% of cases of Lyme, a remarkable achievement, and the FDA—so often criticized for moving with feet of lead—this time acted quickly to approval based on one-year follow-up. The vaccine, which required a several-shot series, was OK’ed with some fanfare and optimism in late 1998.

“Despite its inviting, assuring name, which makes it sound more like a breakfast cereal than a disease, the Heartland Virus causes very unpleasant symptoms including aches and fever and fatigue that last far too long.”

Moving even faster though, in December 1999, a class action suit was filed against the manufacturers of LYMErix™ on the basis of apparent vaccine-induced arthritis. Anti-vaccine sentiment, always present, suddenly had found a winner—a disease (Lyme) that affected people in the areas surrounding the media center of the universe, New York City. At warp speed, Lyme vaccine victims and sad-sack tales abounded on the evening news, the morning paper, and the then-fledgling World Wide Web. 

The coup was swift and bloodless. The LYMErix™ manufacturer quickly gave up and withdrew the product within a few years despite the fact that, according to a leading US vaccine expert, “few, if any, scientists believe the evidence points to any substantive safety concerns”. But actual science was not part of the equation: bad press meant worse sales and the market to prevent Lyme—which has a group proclaiming Lyme to be an overlooked public health catastrophe that is every bit as intense and single-minded as the anti-vaccine crowd—suddenly disappeared. 

The FDA (full disclosure: I [article author Kent Sepkowitz, an infectious-disease specialist] have served as a member of an Advisory Committee to the FDA and admire their work) examined both the 21,000 people in the clinical trials and reports from the 1.4 million recipients of the vaccine given after approval. They found no difference in the clinical trials in rates of arthritis between those who received vaccine versus those who were given placebo. They also found a rate of arthritis in the 1.4 million recipients identical to the rate found in the general population. Surely this is the start of yet another screaming match.

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LYMErix, a promising vaccine for Lyme disease introduced in the 1990s, was taken off the market due to pushback from anti-vaxxers (among other groups). Is it time to bring the drug back?
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One possible symptom of Lyme is joint pain. So how do you know of the arthritis is from the vaccine or from the disease?
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For those who were recently debating the Man of Steel movie. Funny stuff! +steph wanamaker +Doug Aschliman +Craig Peters
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Architects Give the Classic Chess Set a Radical Makeover : While looking at the +Smithsonian Magazine site for exhibitions, I came across this amazing design. While it does not clarify if this game is playable, it is beautiful nevertheless.

Article extract: The Staunton set defined the game we know today. Recently, a group of young architects were challenged to redefine the game, invited by Los Angeles gallery and storefront Jai & Jai to create and exhibit their own chess sets. First spotted over at Architizer, some of these sets go beyond designing pieces to redesign the timeless battle between light and dark - and a couple deconstructed it completely. “The World is Flat” by Laurel Consuelo Broughton, for example, transformed the 64-square board into a globe to create a dynamic, edgeless game to wouldn't look out of place on Star Trek.

Article and pic link: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/architects-give-classic-chess-set-radical-makeover-180950458/

(Laurel Consuelo Broughton, "The World is Flat" (photo: Brian Rytel via Jai & Jai)

#chess #design #architect #geeks  
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I like it, it would make it interesting to play chess that way.
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Elephant's Trunk Nebula

Explanation: Is there a monster in IC 1396? Known to some as the Elephant's Trunk Nebula, parts of gas and dust clouds of this star formation region may appear to take on foreboding forms, some nearly human. The only real monster here, however, is a bright young star too far from Earth to hurt us. Energetic light from this star is eating away the dust of the dark cometary globule near the top of the image. Jets and winds of particles emitted from this star are also pushing away ambient gas and dust. Nearly 3,000 light-years distant, the relatively faint IC 1396 complex covers a much larger region on the sky than shown here, with an apparent width of more than 10 full moons.

Source: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140414.html
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Black Widow is an awesome superhero who deserves her own films.

This unrelenting focus on Scarlett Johansson’s appearance, coupled with the assumption that her only non-decorative role is that of an “ass-kicker,” indicates a fundamental inability to see Black Widow as the well-rounded character she actually is.
Black Widow isn't the stereotype you've been told she is.
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It would help if she could act worth a damn.
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Apparently, Oliver was a no-show.

#geekhumor  
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An arrow on the knee?
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My second article today for +sen 
The international Cassini spacecraft has discovered a small icy object within the rings of Saturn that may be a new moon. It could provide clues to the formation of the planet's known moons and the formation and evolution of other planets in our solar system.
#Cassini #Saturn #Solar System
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Bwahahahahahahahahahah

See also Richard Dawkins - Faith in the Scientific Method

#geekhumor    via +Matt Mastracci 
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+Scot Stevenson  Bad joke, never mind. What I wanted to say is "there's no person that does NOT know who NdGT is these days" - and that's also awesome. Thanks, anyway.
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Super Planet Crash
http://www.stefanom.org/spc/#

That was an interesting game if you can call it that.
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I scored 11,919,000 points. It is weird that when I add two dwarf stars opposite each other, one of them flies outward. Is this an aspect of gravity of which I was previously unaware?
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