Links 8/5/11

Links for you. Science:
Will Carrots Help You See Better? No, but Chocolate Might
A theory that could finally explain how the Great Pyramids of Egypt were built
Crested rat slobbers tree poison on its fur, dares predators to bite it
Honey I shrunk the Kids! Daily variation in Height and Weight and it’s Implications for BMI Based Public Health Surveillance
Other:
The Importance of Good Statistics
Porn on the Mind
The Mathematics of Basketball
Senate Democrats and Bill Clinton Stab Us In The Front (worth keeping in mind about Obama)
The Necessity of Humanism
Firm gives $1 million to pro-Romney group, then dissolves
SpongeBob HitlerPants
Obama nominates Teabagger U.S. Attorney (sadly, not snark)

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One Response to Links 8/5/11

  1. Hank Roberts says:

    This may be worth a look (excerpt from a new book)
    http://inside.org.au/in-the-blood/
    “… I am even more disturbed when I learn of a patient who has not been in hospital and who has grown a Staph aureus in their blood that is sensitive to the routine antibiotics. Most doctors who are not specialists in infectious diseases don’t get too fussed about this, but it is one of the most serious diagnoses that I can make….

    … patients who develop Staph aureus bacteraemia have about a 25 per cent chance of being dead within six months (the percentage is higher in many countries) regardless of how healthy or old they are when they get the infection. In other words, if you go into hospital with Staph aureus in your blood you are between three and four times more likely to be dead within the year than if you had arrived with a heart attack. This is a fact little known to doctors – or their patients – and few hospitals have the same protocols in place for the rapid identification and treatment of bloodstream infections as they do for heart attacks….

    … the vast majority of the responsible strains are sensitive to cheap and safe antibiotics. There is no vaccine available for Staph aureus and there is nothing on the horizon.
    The generations who grew up in the pre-antibiotic age knew very well the capacity of bland bacteria to cause terrible sickness. But today respect for the power of bacteria sometimes seems to be limited to those who see the late manifestations of infections.”
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