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Comment: Acetaminophen use strongly correlated with autism (Score 1) 558

There are some studies that were published in late 2013 that strongly correlate the use of acetaminophen in pregnancy or childhood with autism/ASD.

http://www.greatplainslaboratory.com/home/eng/Acetaminophen.asp (full text)

It appears that the marked increase in the rate of autism, asthma, and attention deficit with hyperactivity throughout much of the world may be largely caused by the marked increase in the use of acetaminophen in genetically and/or metabolically susceptible children, and the use of acetaminophen by pregnant women.

Evidence is presented that Cuba's rate of autism is 298 times lower than that in the US. Cuba has compulsory vaccination of children, but acetaminophen is rarely prescribed and is not available OTC. In contrast,

In the United States, some physicians have started to advise parents to begin to take acetaminophen prophylactically daily 5 days prior to childhood vaccines; some children on such prophylactic treatment had an autistic regression that began prior to vaccination...

The study linked above also notes the following study that was also published in 2013:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3673819/ (full text)

Comment: My copycat website: CommentHow.com (Score 0) 77

by TrnsltLife (#37010436) Attached to: Autodesk + Instructables: For Makers?

Since this came up on Slashdot, I'm plugging my new site: CommentHow.com

All content will be public domain, Creative Commons Attribution, or Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike, meaning everything can be remixed. That's why every article has a "Copy this Article" button, letting users base their how-to article off someone else's. That lets them extend it, translate it into their own language, or localize it to the needs and materials of their local context.

Also, Comment/How doesn't limit you to English, which has been a problem for some of the users of Instructables. Pick from any of Earth's almost 7000 languages to browse or post in. (Of course, most of these don't have content in them yet.)

If you've got something to share, come join Comment/How - a more open way to share your project instructions with the whole world.

Comment/How
Comment je l'ai fait... / How I did it...
Step-by-step DIY tutorials for makers in the world's 7000 languages

Comment: Re:Communities? (Score 2) 77

by TrnsltLife (#37010376) Attached to: Autodesk + Instructables: For Makers?

I'm not sure it's a Facebook to their MySpace, but since this came up on Slashdot, I'm plugging my new site: CommentHow.com. The site still in its infancy, but where all the viewing options are available to everyone, logged in or not. (Commenting and posting articles requires a login of course.)

All content will be public domain, Creative Commons Attribution, or Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike, meaning everything can be remixed. That's why every article has a "Copy this Article" button, letting users base their how-to article off someone else's. That lets them extend it, translate it into their own language, or localize it to the needs and materials of their local context.

Also, Comment/How doesn't limit you to English, which has been a problem for some of the users of Instructables. Pick from any of Earth's almost 7000 languages to browse or post in. (Of course, most of these don't have content in them yet.)

Comment: Re:It would be worse... (Score 1) 77

by TrnsltLife (#37010262) Attached to: Autodesk + Instructables: For Makers?

Check out CommentHow.com, a site still in its infancy, but where all the viewing options are available to everyone, logged in or not. (Commenting and posting articles requires a login of course.)

All content will be public domain, Creative Commons Attribution, or Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike, meaning everything can be remixed. That's why every article has a "Copy this Article" button, letting users base their how-to article off someone else's. That lets them extend it, translate it into their own language, or localize it to the needs and materials of their local context.

Speaking of languages, Comment/How doesn't limit you to English. Pick from any of Earth's almost 7000 languages to browse or post in. (Of course, most of these don't have content in them yet.)

And there are less ads.

Role Playing (Games)

Otherland MMO Announced 142

Posted by Soulskill
from the will-it-have-another-MMO-inside-it? dept.
Eurogamer breaks news that German games publisher DTP Entertainment will be making an MMORPG based on Tad Williams' Otherland series of books. As anyone who has read the books will know, this could be an interesting new spin on virtual worlds. Quoting: "For want of a better soundbite, let's call it the first cyberpunk MMO: a virtual world about virtual worlds, in which your avatar is an avatar, the NPCs play NPCs, and you explore a multiverse in which you might be in realistic historical surroundings one minute, and cartoon fantasy ones the next. Everything changes, even your own appearance, and nothing is even pretending to be real. ... You start the game as one of those consciousnesses in a place called the Land of the Lost, a nightmare scenario which you're trying to escape. You'll run, be killed, and reborn in a 'baby' state as a simple, low-rent sim (though we suspect the game won't be using that term, for obvious reasons) - a blank, featureless avatar that can be male, female or even neither."
The Internet

Africa Leads In IPv6 Adoption 122

Posted by timothy
from the rising-tide-all-boats dept.
Ian Lamont writes "The recent news that China will run out of IPv4 addresses in a few years points to slow adoption of IPv6 in some developed countries. Now it turns out that the largest number of networks displaying new IPv6 address blocks are registered through AfriNIC, which services networks in Africa and the Indian Ocean. While AfriNIC has a smaller installed base than other regions, many countries in Africa are showing rapid growth in terms of online connectivity."
Medicine

AIDS Virus Now Estimated To Be 100 Years Old 316

Posted by timothy
from the younger-than-harley-davidson dept.
ChazeFroy writes "A new study estimates that the AIDS virus, HIV, started to circulate in the human population between 1884 and 1924, with a more focused estimate at 1908. This is much earlier than the previously-held estimate of 1930. 'The new result is "not a monumental shift, but it means the virus was circulating under our radar even longer than we knew," says Michael Worobey of the University of Arizona, an author of the new work.' The article also speculates that HIV first began to spread in Kinshasa, Congo."
The Gimp

GIMP 2.6 Released 639

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the pimp-your-pixels dept.
Enselic writes "The GIMP developers are proud to announce the release of GIMP 2.6. The release notes start with: 'GIMP 2.6 is an important release from a development point of view. It features changes to the user interface addressing some often received complaints, and a tentative integration of GEGL, the graph based image processing library that will eventually bring high bit-depth and non-destructive editing to GIMP.' The notes go on to say the toolbox menubar has been removed, the toolbox and docks now are utility windows, it's now possible to pan beyond the image border, the freehand select tool has been enhanced to support polygonal selections, and much more."

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