Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Stuff round the net

Nice Story of the day:

He takes a picture of her everywhere he goes.


Nice story of the past:

Usually the love stories in the Tudors seem a bit nasty, but Henry's sister did marry for love

Headsup TeaAtTrianon


ten things that are killing the family....

it's not all "morality"...some sociological and economic things are destroying the family.

the stress on the extended family being destroyed by moving into the suburbs is obvious, but rarely noted as a problem.
An extension of this:
Mens' wages went down, so we live in an economy that made it necessary for women to work full time jobs, and these jobs are often far from home.


The angry nurse who claimed that she was placed in quarantine after her forehead tested as having a fever has been released.

She is returning to Maine, but her neighbors there don't want her to break quarantine, as she is saying she plans to do.

Most of the studies have been done comparing forehead strips with oral or TM (placed in the ear) measurment of temperature in kids, for obvious reasons: Kids bite thermometers, mouth breathe, and refuse to cooperate.

but in this nurse's,case, they just aimed a temperature measuring gun at her head (which is how we were screened for SARS and influenza at Manila airport).

and although that screening will usually pick up fevers, with few false negatives it also greatly overestimates temperatures. Which means you have to rescreen (just as you have to be checked if the metal detecter goes off, or if your luggage tests positive for explosives because you had fertilized your garden the day you packed your suitcase).

from a scienceblogs article:

The bottom line is that this kind of remote fever sensing had poor positive predictive value, meaning that the proportion of people correctly identified as having fever was low, ranging from 10% to 16%. Thus there were a lot of false positives. Negative predictive value, the proportion of people classified by the IR device as not having fever who in fact did not have fever was high (97% to 99%), so not many people with fevers will be missed with the IR device. Predictive values depend not only on the accuracy of the device but also how prevalent fever is in the screened population. In the early days of a pandemic, fever prevalence will be very low, leading to low positive predictive value. The false positives produced at airport security would make the days of only taking off your shoes look good.
but of course, instead of using her predicament to educate the public on the proper way to screen passengers (i.e. anyone testing positive should be pulled aside an the temperature rechecked), she is suing.

Kaching alert....

The problem is that the feds are so mixed up no one knows anything...or rather we know it but they seem to be reneging on the problem.

From SciTechDaily:

Targeted Isolation May Be the Most Effective Way to Reduce Transmission of Ebola
 New research led by the Yale School of Public Health shows that isolating 75% of infected individuals in critical condition within four days of symptom onset has a high chance of eliminating the spread of Ebola.Isolating the most severely ill Ebola patients before the fifth day of their illness may be the most effective way to reduce transmission of the virus, new research led by the Yale School of Public Health suggests.
. The research is published October 28 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. ,,,

the WAGD from ebola article of the day at Wired..

summary: You are probably safe in East McKeesport, but if it hits Manila we are toast...



 Dietary cocoa flavanols—naturally occurring bioactives found in cocoa—reversed age-related memory decline in healthy older adults, according to a study led by Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) scientists. 

No comments: