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Comment: Re:Sorry (Score 1) 192

by MrYingster (#46121055) Attached to: Peanut Allergy Treatment Trial In UK "A Success"

It's almost entirely caused by the "avoid peanuts during pregnancy" self-fulfilling prophecy (if you do so, chances are the next generation will be more allergic to peanuts).

That's interesting. During my wife's first pregnancy we ate peanuts all the time, and lived on peanut butter sandwiches. The kid nearly died when we first fed him straight-up peanut butter, and had to go to the ER by ambulance and give him steroids and epinephrine.

We've now been living in a peanut-free environment for the second child, yet the second child has no peanut allergy.

Obviously blanket statements like yours are ignorant. People develop allergies for various reasons, not just environment, or not just genetics.

Comment: Re:Feed your kids, people (Score 2) 192

by MrYingster (#46120983) Attached to: Peanut Allergy Treatment Trial In UK "A Success"
Unheard of != did not exist.

Of course things were less well known back then, but there were also smaller communities, so there were less chances of running into people with allergies. Now we have social sites where we see the communication of thousands of people we've never met in real life. I only know 4 people will peanut allergies personally, and only live near 2 whom I see on a regular basis, yet in this thread, I've already read posts from 10 or more people with the allergy. My point is, just because we didn't hear about it as often back 50 years ago doesn't mean it wasn't a frequent occurrence. Other factors have to be accounted for.

Secondly, I've always wondered if a reason for less prevalence of allergies in the past was due to kids with allergies dying from the allergy without the allergy ever being diagnosed...

Comment: Re:A new logo?? Eyeroll (Score 1) 365

No, he's right... There is a heading in Wikipedia about their past names (Pheonix, Firebird) in the "History of Firefox" article

I remember using Pheonix when it first came out. It was quite nice at the time. It felt really lightweight compared to Mozilla.

Comment: Re:Retroactively? (Score 1) 279

by MrYingster (#44193965) Attached to: Disney's Titling Problem With Its <em>Star Wars</em> Movies
It did not. It was added on in 1981 after ESB was released. Here is an article on Wookiepedia that explains it.

From Wookiepedia: "When originally released in 1977, the first film was simply titled Star Wars, as Lucas was not certain if he would follow the film with a sequel. Following The Empire Strikes Back, the film was re-released in 1981 with the subtitle 'Episode IV: A New Hope'. The original version, without the subtitle, was not released until the 2006 limited edition DVDs. "

+ - Girl Receives Synthetic Trachea Made With Her Stem Cells->

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kkleiner (1468647) writes "A toddler born without a trachea has received the first completely fabricated trachea that utilizes stem cells enabling her to live a normal life. Previously, related implants relied on a donor trachea that would act as a scaffold for the patient's stem cells. In this case, the scaffold is synthetic and made from nonabsorbable nanofibers, while the stem cells were harvested from the girl's bone marrow."
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Comment: Buried with it (Score 2) 122

by MrYingster (#43436109) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Should Happen To Your Data After You Die?
Assuming I don't die an untimely, unforeseen death, I had always planned on consolidating my data, and preparing it to be buried with me. I don't want to burden my family with having to sort through things. Plus in the future, in the case that reanimation is made possible I can have my stuff again, or in the more likely event that future paleontologists dig me up, they will have lots of history/information to figure out what made us primitive humans tick.

Never put off till run-time what you can do at compile-time. -- D. Gries