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Complications of “chronic Lyme disease" reported

Cases have reported in which treatment for "chronic Lyme disease" resulted in the development of septic shock, osteomyelitis, Clostridium difficile colitis, or paraspinal abscess. [Marzec NS and others. Serious bacterial infections acquired during treatment of patients given a diagnosis of chronic Lyme disease—United States. MMWR 66:607-609, 2017]  "Chronic Lyme disease" is not a valid diagnostic entity. Lyme disease infections are usually cured by 2 to 4 weeks of antibiotic treatment. However, a small network of physicians and their patients have been barraging the public with claims that thousands of people being maimed, killed, and bankrupted each year by chronic Lyme disease. They incorrectly assert that Lyme is a deadly, chronic disease that requires long-term antibiotic therapy even though clinical trial evidence shows no advantage over placebo treatment. [Melia TM, Auwaerter PG. Time for a different approach to Lyme disease and long-term symptoms. New England Journal of Medicine 374:1277-1278, 2016]

(from Dr. Barrett's Quackwatch newsletter)

Two more: )
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18 Science Facts We Didn't Know at The Start of 2017

...I must say, #1 is quite surprising:

1. Lungs don't just facilitate respiration - they also make blood. Mammalian lungs produce more than 10 million platelets (tiny blood cells) per hour, which equates to the majority of platelets circulating the body.
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A measles case has been confirmed in Washington, DC

The Last Person You'd Expect to Die in Childbirth

The emerging and often drug-resistant fungus Candida auris continues to spread in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.

(the above two articles are from Medscape, free and quick registration required)

Court case highlights nurses' duty to follow EMTALA

When Nurses Make Fatal Mistakes

Support for the Second Victim: Caring for Our Own, from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses

(Support the Second Victim: Health professionals suffer distress after poor patient outcomes, even if no error occurred.)

...and if anybody is interested in my comments about any of these, let me know, I'll share...:P ;)
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Implantable Reveal LINQ cardiac rhythm monitor from Medtronic--paperclip size, implanting only takes a couple minutes, works for three years

Medstronic SEEQ portable cardiac monitoring system--stick it on and it's good for 30 wires or electrodes
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A historical perspective on presidential elections, by Gene Weingarten; his April 23rd "Below the Beltway" column, from The Washington Post
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In Week 1219 we introduced to the Invite “lik the bred” poems, based on the faux-Chaucerian verses posted in various comment threads on Reddit by postdoctoral student Sam Garland, a.k.a. Poem for Your Sprog. While insisting on the Sproggian 32 syllables in iambic meter, the Empress allowed real modern English along with the fake Middle, and for four longer lines as well as eight little ones. And the poems had to refer to someone in the news.

I especially liked the ones below; you can read the rest of them in The Washington Post's Style Invitational section:

My name is Paul.
My planne was thicke:
It said, “Tough lucke!”
if you get sick.
My planne has met
An Epick Faile.
I slinke away.
I tucke my taille.
(Nan Reiner, Boca Raton, Fla.)

Two more: )

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Rescuing cat owners from trees apparently is routine in Topeka

Firefighters in Topeka, Kan., rescued a cat from a tree. They also rescued its owner after she scaled the tree to fetch her cat.

A fire department shift commander said the woman and the cat were 16 feet up in a large tree when they were plucked out Wednesday.

And, he said, that kind of dual rescue isn't uncommon in Topeka. (AP)


Driven to succeed

"I felt like I'd achieved everything I really wanted to achieve. This was the one thing left..."

Christian Whiteley-Mason, 42, of Barnsley, England, who recently passed his driving test after 32 failures, 14 instructors and 85 lessons in 25 years

...I confess I am curious to know what this gentleman's other achievements are...


Apr. 8th, 2017 08:08 pm
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Dreamwidth stats:

Last week of December 2016: over 100,000 new DW accounts.

April 4--April 7, 2017: 130,000 new accounts.

You can see the statistics here or here
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"Depression: let’s talk" says WHO, as depression tops list of causes of ill health

News release

Depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. According to the latest estimates from WHO, more than 300 million people are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015. Lack of support for people with mental disorders, coupled with a fear of stigma, prevent many from accessing the treatment they need to live healthy, productive lives.

The new estimates have been released in the lead-up to World Health Day on 7 April, the high point in WHO’s year-long campaign “Depression: let’s talk”. The overall goal of the campaign is that more people with depression, everywhere in the world, both seek and get help.

Said WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan: “These new figures are a wake-up call for all countries to re-think their approaches to mental health and to treat it with the urgency that it deserves.”

Read further:

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Huh, hot off the press, for sure, esp. the first paragraph...

Originally posted by [ profile] theljstaff at LiveJournal: Important Updates
Control of LiveJournal as a blogging platform has been transferred to SUP Media LLC, a legal entity based in the Russian Federation. This decision stems from the urge to become closer to our users, most of whom live in Europe and Russia. Every LiveJournal user will be offered to sign the new User Agreement with SUP Media. Paid services, however, will still be provided by Live Journal Inc.

Despite the changes, LiveJournal remains an international blogging platform. Specifically, LiveJournal’s policy on user privacy and data security has undergone no major changes.

Starting from April 4th 2017, non-authorized users will see advertisements on all LiveJournal pages.

The accounts system is simplified. Accounts are now differentiated only by their authorization type:
- Account (authorization via LiveJournal login and password);
- Identity Account (authorization via social networks accounts or OpenID).

LiveJournal users can continue using additional packages of services to expand the potential of their accounts. The “Professional” services package, available in the LiveJournal Shop, is almost identical to the former Paid account package – except that available disk space has been increased to 100 GB. Accounts with the “Permanent” services package (formerly Permanent accounts) now have 1 TB disk space available.

All accounts with additional services packages in effect on April 4th 2017, will be granted extra time for those packages. They will be extended by half of the last paid period.
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....Back up your LJs to DW, folks....

A detailed analysis of the latest LJ service agreement is below; it is in Russian, if anybody wants/needs me to translate into English, let me know--I can do that in the next week or two.

EDIT: I have done the translation of the especially relevant bits.  The text of the agreement, both in Russian and English, is in bold, [ profile] philologist's comments and my translation of them are in italics.

As [ profile] art_es points out, well--caveat lector, or, in other words, you see the user agreement text, draw your own conclusions. I don't think much of the agreement would necessarily affect English-language, non-political blogs.

However, the promise of ads galore is a bit worrisome...and, the main reason I enjoined everyone to back up their LJs, is that I think LJ will go bankrupt sooner rather than later, and all the actions of the current administration of LJ are hastening its demise.


Originally posted by [ profile] philologist at ЖЖ окончательно взят под контроль ФСБ. Грядет зачистка нелояльных блогеров
Плохие новости. В очередной раз оказались правы скептики, советовавшие менять ЖЖ на автономный блог. Как известно, в конце декабря 2016 года серверы ЖЖ переехали в Россию. Антон Носик тогда доходчиво объяснил, какие практические последствия это будет иметь для простых пользователей: "Идея перетащить серверы ЖЖ в Россию, «поближе к пользователям», не нова: она впервые посетила моего друга Эндрю Полсона в октябре 2006 года, когда компания <суп> заключила с владельцами платформы договор о поддержке кириллического сегмента. В ту пору мне хватило 5 минут, чтобы на пальцах объяснить наивному американскому другу юридические последствия и угрозы такого шага для авторов, комментаторов и читателей ЖЖ. Так что платформа осталась там, где была, на Западном побережье США, и просуществовала там последующие 10 лет.
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Predatory journals hit by “fake editor" sting

A Polish research team has found that many journals that they classified as "predatory" accepted the application of a nonexistent person to become an editor. In 2015, the researchers created a profile of a fictitious scientist named Anna O. Szust (Oszust is the Polish word for fraud) and applied on her behalf to 360 journals, 120 from each of three well-known directories: the JCR (journals with an official impact factor as indexed on Journal Citation Reports), the DOAJ (journals included on the Directory of Open Access Journals) and "Beall's list" (potential, possible or probable predatory open-access publishers and journals, compiled by University of Colorado librarian Jeffrey Beall). "Dr. Szust" was accepted by 40 on Beall's list and 8 on the DOAJ list. At least 12 conditioned acceptance on, or strongly encouraged, some form of payment or participation in a profit-making scheme. [Pisanski K and others. Predatory journals recruit fake editor. Nature 543:481-483, 2017] Predatory journals, which appear to exist primarily to extract money from authors, exhibit questionable marketing schemes, follow lax or nonexistent peer review, and lack scientific rigor and transparency. More than 10,000 publications appear to fit this description. Beall's list was removed from the University of Colorado Web site in January 2017. [Straumsheim C. No more 'Beall's List': Librarian removes controversial list of "predatory" journals and publishers, reportedly in response to "threats and politics." Inside Higher Ed, Jan 17, 2017] At the time of its removal, it had about 1,200 entries.

(from Dr. Barrett's Quackwatch Digest)

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News and Politics:

Robert Reich: Republicans Are Afraid Trump Is Genuinely Nuts:
The former secretary of labor reflects on a Washington more divided and fearful than ever.

(thanks to [ profile] elenbarathi)

The Westminster attack is a tragedy, but it’s not a threat to democracy, by Simon Jenkins

The terrorists’ aim is not just to kill a few but to terrify a multitude. For politicians and media to overreact would play into their hands.

(thanks to [ profile] lindahoyland for this one)

Languages, History, and Literature:

15 Encouraging Spanish Phrases a Bilingual Spanish Speaker Would Like Everyone to Learn

The Coolest Things You Wish Were True About the Middle Ages

The Crows of Pearblossom, by Aldous Huxley--the only children's book he wrote. The illustrations are quite charming as well.
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Health Notice for District of Columbia Health Care Providers

Updates on Zika Virus Disease and Testing


As of March 15, 2017, there have been 34 cases of laboratory confirmed Zika virus disease (ZVD) in the District of Columbia (DC), all of which have been travel-related or sexually transmitted. As of March 8, 2017, states had reported a total of 5,041 ZVD to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Of these, 5,109 were travel-associated, 221 were locally acquired mosquito-borne cases (215 in Florida and 6 in Texas), 45 were sexually transmitted, 28 were congenital infections, 1 was laboratory acquired, and 1 was person-to-person through an unknown route. Local transmission has now been documented in Florida and Texas in the United States. To date in DC, ZVD has not been spread by local mosquitoes or via blood transfusion.

In this notice, we are sharing new guidelines for Zika testing that will be approved through the DC Department of Health (DOH). Please share this notice with all appropriate staff at your facility.

The complete health notice can be viewed on our Health Notices website. For the most updated forms and recommendations, please visit our provider website.

Please contact us at with any questions regarding Zika Virus Disease and Testing in the District of Columbia.

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This is regarding the Ides of Trump: Postcard Drive (mail Donald Trump a postcard on March 15th, expressing your views; more details in the link).

Originally posted by [ profile] browngirl at Art Post: Sociopolitical Stationery
I meant for this to be an organized set of finished images. But it's 4 aM on March 2, and I need to go with what I've got. SO, if you're inside the US and you'd like me to send you one of these (in an envelope) so you can send it to our non-esteemed president for The Ides of Trump Postal Mail Demonstration, drop me a PM (not a comment here). And of course you may print the ones of these I made and send them from anywhere in the world.

I drew one of these )
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See below for excerpts; click article titles for full articles.

...Does anyone here know more about this cyclical theory of history? What do you think of it? This article presents a different opinion.

Cyclical models of history are something academics kick around every now and then, said Sean Wilentz, an American history professor at Princeton University. But the idea has not caught on among historians or political actors.

“It’s just a conceit. It’s a fiction, it’s all made up,” Wilentz said about cyclical historical models. “There’s nothing to them. They’re just inventions.”

Michael Lind, a historian and co-founder of the New America Foundation, a liberal think tank, has called Strauss and Howe’s work “pseudoscience” and said their “predictions about the American future turn out to be as vague as those of fortune cookies.”


President Trump wants to put on a show. Governing matters less.

Last spring, while reporting The Washington Post’s biography of Donald Trump, I asked an executive who had worked for Trump for more than three decades to help me understand a central contradiction about the man: How could he be at once the micromanager who in the 1980s would call an employee at 2 a.m. and order her out of bed to clean up litter he’d noticed in the lobby of one of his buildings, and also the boss who was so detached that he claimed to be ignorant of his hotels’ finances as they fell into bankruptcy?

The executive offered this guidance: “If you’re ever confused about Trump’s motives, go to showman first.” The building lobby was a showcase for the Trump brand, requiring the close attention of the man behind the name; the finances were backstage stuff, easily ignored.

Where did Steve Bannon get his worldview? From my book.

Beyond ideology, I think there’s another reason for the rising interest in our book. We reject the deep premise of modern Western historians that social time is either linear (continuous progress or decline) or chaotic (too complex to reveal any direction). Instead we adopt the insight of nearly all traditional societies: that social time is a recurring cycle in which events become meaningful only to the extent that they are what philosopher Mircea Eliade calls “reenactments.” In cyclical space, once you strip away the extraneous accidents and technology, you are left with only a limited number of social moods, which tend to recur in a fixed order.

Along this cycle, we can identify four “turnings” that each last about 20 years — the length of a generation. Think of these as recurring seasons, starting with spring and ending with winter. In every turning, a new generation is born and each older generation ages into its next phase of life.

The cycle begins with the First Turning, a “High” which comes after a crisis era. In a High, institutions are strong and individualism is weak. Society is confident about where it wants to go collectively, even if many feel stifled by the prevailing conformity. Many Americans alive today can recall the post-World War II American High (historian William O’Neill’s term), coinciding with the Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy presidencies. Earlier examples are the post-Civil War Victorian High of industrial growth and stable families, and the post-Constitution High of Democratic Republicanism and Era of Good Feelings.

The Second Turning is an “Awakening,” when institutions are attacked in the name of higher principles and deeper values. Just when society is hitting its high tide of public progress, people suddenly tire of all the social discipline and want to recapture a sense of personal authenticity. Salvation by faith, not works, is the youth rallying cry. One such era was the Consciousness Revolution of the late 1960s and 1970s. Some historians call this America’s Fourth or Fifth Great Awakening, depending on whether they start the count in the 17th century with John Winthrop or the 18th century with Jonathan Edwards.

The Third Turning is an “Unraveling,” in many ways the opposite of the High. Institutions are weak and distrusted, while individualism is strong and flourishing. Third Turning decades such as the 1990s, the 1920s and the 1850s are notorious for their cynicism, bad manners and weak civic authority. Government typically shrinks, and speculative manias, when they occur, are delirious.

Finally, the Fourth Turning is a “Crisis” period. This is when our institutional life is reconstructed from the ground up, always in response to a perceived threat to the nation’s very survival. If history does not produce such an urgent threat, Fourth Turning leaders will invariably find one — and may even fabricate one — to mobilize collective action. Civic authority revives, and people and groups begin to pitch in as participants in a larger community. As these Promethean bursts of civic effort reach their resolution, Fourth Turnings refresh and redefine our national identity. The years 1945, 1865 and 1794 all capped eras constituting new “founding moments” in American history.

Just as a Second Turning reshapes our inner world (of values, culture and religion), a Fourth Turning reshapes our outer world (of politics, economy and empire)
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"Apparently I've been shopping in all the wrong places for drugs, and all the right places for candy."

@RoyKesey tweeting after President Trump said during his Thursday news condference that our country is "drug-infested," and that "drugs are becoming cheaper than candy bars."

His statement led some, such as Twitter user @anchorlines, to ask, "How much does Trump think a candy bar costs?"

(The Washington Post Express, 2/17/2017)

What if Caesar, Churchill and Custer could have tweeted like Trump?

(The Washington Post, 2/17/2017)

A small excerpt below, do take a look at the article for the complete set, in chronological order:

Pharaoh, 1446 B.C.:

“Israelites had to come up with story as to why they were enslaved so long and so badly (400 years) so they made up a story — GOD. Fake news!”

Priam, king of Troy, 1200 B.C.:

“Cassandra says the horse shouldn’t come in the city gates. She’s been losing so long she doesn’t know how to win. Not me!”

Julius Caesar, 44 B.C.:

“Do you believe it? Wife had bad dream, says I can’t go to Senate because I will be murdered. Ridiculous and will be overturned!”

Napoleon, 1812:

“My so-called advisers warning of famine, dysentery, typhus if I invade Russia. Lies! Only emboldens the enemy!”
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A psychiatrist writes to the New York Times, in defence of the mentally ill...…/an-eminent-psychiatrist-demurs-on…

(Source: Letters of Note FB page)


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