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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Science News!

I simply must close some tabs, so here's some awesome science news!

Vasalgel (or RISUG) is steaming towards human trials in the U.S., and I couldn't be more excited. It's a non-hormonal, non-obstructive, permanent til you want it removed birth control method for men. It's brilliant. Better yet, it may be unexpectedly good at blocking HIV transmission as well. This is a dream come true. If only there were birth control this awesome for women!

Traffic jams. The good news for me is that nothing is as bad as October/November for my commute. There are days now that are bad, but it's not every single day like it was in October. But what causes them? Scientific American has a great little explanation of how it works, and why it takes so long after the accident is cleared for traffic to start flowing normally again.

Vaccines do not cause autism. Preventable life threatening childhood diseases cause babies to die. No really, it's that simple. So why did congress hold hearings on antivax stuff again last November? Because they're quacks promoting quackery and I'm sick of it. Get your vaccines. Get vaccines for your children. It matters that most of us have them. It's not just that those who don't get vaccinated will get sick. It matters for little baby girls who are too young to get the vaccine. And if what happened to Dana had happened to Athena, you'd better be sure I'd be doing more than a web site. I'd probably be in jail for murder.

Meanwhile, I loved this yesterday:
From "I Fucking Love Science" on Facebook
Turns out though that sometimes antibiotics aren't even the answer for bacteria. For C.Diff., a nasty gut infection, the right answer could come from someone with a healthy gut. Or 10 someones. And but healthy gut, I mean... well, you should read the article.


  • Oh, I love your blog! My friends decided that the fecal transplant term really really REALLY needs a rebranding. Perhaps intestinal flora transplant. Or Gut bacteria transfer. the mention of feces is just...not a good selling point. :)

    By Blogger Bex, at 2:06 PM  

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