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Comment: Re:Where is the line on other health aspects thoug (Score 2) 673

by chooks (#48885287) Attached to: Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

It's hard to take seriously a source that says:

- The mechanism of action of vitamin D in infection... suggests pharmaceutical doses of vitamin D (1,000 IU per pound of body weight per day for several days) will effectively treat not only influenza and the common cold, but help treat a host of other seasonal infections, including meningitis, septicemia, and pneumonia, in both children and adults (emphasis added). source referenced in parent post

Personally, if I have septicemia or bacterial meningitis/pneumonia, I will take whatever the sensitivities say I should. If you choose to treat your N. meningitidis with Vit D, please stay at home so that you don't force everyone else to take prophylaxis.

Comment: Re:Get with the times (Score 1) 117

by chooks (#48849151) Attached to: With Community Help, Chrome Could Support Side Tabs Extension

Sib AC is correct. I have been using palemoon with tree style tabs for well over a year. No problems.

Palemoon overall has been a good experience. It is relatively stable (maybe a couple of crashes in a history of heavy heavy use) and speedy. It is worth checking out if you haven't already.

Comment: Re:Java (Score 1) 264

by chooks (#48810449) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux Database GUI Application Development?

JavaFX is definitely an improvement over Swing. One other big improvement is its use of annotation based injection (@FXML annotation) to reduce lots of boiler-plate code to handle events from the UI and such.

As to IDE support, Oracle's SceneBuilder is OK - not the best but it can be helpful in getting layouts set up.

I really hate Swing but find JavaFX very nice to work in.

Comment: Re:Like the world needs more web monkeys ... (Score 1) 226

by chooks (#48409783) Attached to: Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

someone who works 12 hours days for 3 months is a monkey. really. that's about all I have to say about that.

Only 72 hours in a week??? And only for 3 months? I call that a vacation!

/Resident physician
//Maybe Dr. Monkey to you?
///Did also stay in holiday in express.
///That is all.

Comment: Re:Yea, best form a comitee to consider all option (Score 1) 193

So how would you do an RCT for something like Ebola, a disease that really only manifests itself when it starts to spread? Would you ask for volunteers to be infected outside of an outbreak in ordered to test efficacy/safety? Is there an IRB board in the country that would authorize something like this?

I actually do agree that you don't want to get all Mavericky with drug experimentation. At a certain point though you need patients with the disease to test efficacy and safety. If the only time you have patients is during an outbreak then when else can you test in vivo responses?

Comment: Re:the cure for AIDS (Score 1) 134

by chooks (#47752019) Attached to: 13-Year-Old Finds Fungus Deadly To AIDS Patients Growing On Trees

You could be a carrier for months to years and be a vector without showing up positive in a test.

Just for the record, this is not correct. While it is true that there is an eclipse period during which testing is not useful (as indeed, there is an eclipse period for any viral infection), for HIV that window is currently very small.


  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Monitoring selected national HIV prevention and care objectives by using HIV surveillance dataâ"United States and 6 dependent areasâ"2011. HIV Surveillance Supplemental Report 2013;18(No. 5). surveillance/. Published October 2013.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Association of Public Health Laboratories. Laboratory Testing for the Diagnosis of HIV Infection: Updated Recommendations. Available at Published June 27, 2014..

Comment: Re:why internet connected? (Score 2) 111

by chooks (#47702005) Attached to: Hackers Steal Data Of 4.5 Million US Hospital Patients

In fact, too much data has been shown to lead to more misdiagnoses in ER's.

Citation needed

What type of data are you talking about? Lots of largely irrelevant lab data? (oh elevated ESR!) Or is it historical data (Why yes Doctor, I do have a metal plate in my head. Is that bad for an MRI?)

The clinical history is one of the most powerful diagnostic tools available. Even in the ED.

Comment: Re:Linux Mint 17 (Score 1) 322

by chooks (#47521453) Attached to: Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

I finally decided to give linux (Ubuntu 14.04) a go as a primary OS on my new laptop with a win 7 vbox guest os. The install process is still a little rough around the edges (it took me a day to figure out that linux STILL doesn't support the raid chipset (intel) on my MB. Grrrr...).

But other than that, it is nice to have a real development environment and I was pleasantly suprised with how smoothly things integrate. VirtualBox is easy to work with and I had a guest OS installed with little hassle for my windows-specific software that I require. It's not a bad way to go.

Comment: Re:JWs' view and my view (Score 1) 172

by chooks (#47222369) Attached to: Human Blood Substitute Could Help Meet Donor Blood Shortfall

Plasma is primarily water with a collection of proteins (performing a variety of opposing functions) and should contain no viable cells. There is probably a chance of contamination with viable cells (probably more common in plasma derived from whole blood, but I have no data/sources to back this up) but this may also depend on the type of plasma (e.g. frozen vs liquid -- but again I have no data at the moment to indicate risks on one versus the other).

Comment: Re:JWs' view and my view (Score 1) 172

by chooks (#47221687) Attached to: Human Blood Substitute Could Help Meet Donor Blood Shortfall

I hate to break it to you, but platelets have mitochondria, consume energy, have cellular processes, activation/deactivation signals, etc..., so not quite sure that classifying them as "not living cells" is accurate.

On another note, you found contradictions in a Christian religion's doctrines? Shocking! Excuse me while I head to my fainting couch...

Unix: Some say the learning curve is steep, but you only have to climb it once. -- Karl Lehenbauer