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I applaud the NIH Director's Blog for demonstrating tolerance for discussion/dissenting comments. nt

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Fri Apr 8, 2016, 04:29 PM (0 replies)

Office of Inspector General (December 2009): CDC Lax in Policing Advisors’ Conflicts of Interest

FULL REPORT: http://www.oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-04-07-00260.pdf

Commentary behind paywall:


Office of Inspector General: CDC Lax in Policing Advisors’ Conflicts of Interest PDF
Bridget M. Kuehn

Topics: conflict of interest, centers for disease control and prevention (U.S.)
JAMA. 2010;303(5):412. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.40.


Medical News & Perspectives | February 03, 2010
Office of Inspector General: CDC Lax in Policing Advisors’ Conflicts of Interest PDF
Bridget M. Kuehn
JAMA. 2010;303(5):412. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.40.

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Wed Apr 6, 2016, 03:10 PM (0 replies)

Define your terms. Oh, you can't without the total implosion of your framing/perspective?

ANYONE* who questions ANYTHING** is deserving of your inane epithet? Oh, really? Look around.

(including American Academy of Pediatrics March 2016 journal authors)*
(timing for example)**


**Representing whistleblowers coast-to-coast for 20 years


March 2016, VOLUME 137 / ISSUE 3
Childhood Vaccine Exemption Policy: The Case for a Less Restrictive Alternative
6 authors

Just my observation, but there is geographic overlap between the authors of the paper above and the medical center which published on their official website the stat that 1:20 children under 5 have epilepsy (link below). Think about it.

"About 5% of children younger than 5 years old have epilepsy. That is about one in every 20 children under 5."
SOURCE: http://www.seattlechildrens.org/medical-conditions/brain-nervous-system-mental-conditions/epilepsy/
RELATED: http://www.examiner.com/article/parents-question-vaccines-as-epilepsy-rates-rise-to-1-20-children-under-five



The US infant mortality rate is 56th in the developed world in 2014.
SOURCE: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2091rank.html

The CDC reported in 2011 that 1 in 6 children in the US had a developmental disability.
SOURCE: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2011/05/19/peds.2010-2989.abstract

More than half of American children suffer from chronic ill-health.
SOURCE: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1876285910002500

RELATED: http://het.sagepub.com/content/early/2011/05/04/0960327111407644.full.pdf+html

Not a thing to do with infectious disease, so not concerned? Disgraceful.

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Tue Apr 5, 2016, 09:57 PM (1 replies)

Tom Brokaw, An American Story, 3/29/16.


"This is the first of what will become a regular series of American hero stories..."

via HEAR THIS WELL Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HearThisWell
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon Apr 4, 2016, 11:51 AM (0 replies)

Another voice and narrative, noncompeting, but different.


6 More Ways to Help During Autism ACTION Month

By Cathy Jameson

I appreciate it when people recognize how much work it takes for me to care for son. Ronan is 13 years old and has non-verbal regressive autism. He needs 24/7 care. From diapering to redirecting to reducing behaviors to managing his medical issues, including seizures, it’s more than a full-time job for me. Some friends see that but they don’t always know how to pitch in. That’s okay. Some days it’s daunting even for me to think about everything that needs to be done let alone plan and implement and hope that everything goes smoothly! There’s more than enough to do to keep Ronan happy, healthy, and safe though, so when someone expresses that they want to help my family, I humbly and gladly take it.

When I’m asked, “Cathy, what can I do to help your family?” I share a few ideas from this list. Posted two years ago, there are tons of ideas to choose: 30 Days of Autism Action Ideas. Even though there are plenty of ideas on that list, I thought I’d expand on a few of them this year:

1 – I think that many parents appreciate being able to take a break every now and then, but parents of a child with autism may not be able to. If their child wanders or elopes, that parent cannot take their eyes off their child. If their child is non-verbal or non-communicative, the parent may not want to leave their child in the care of someone else, especially if it’s a new person. If a parent is able to take a break, it may be because the person they’ve entrusted their child to is a reliable family, friend, or a hired caregiver. If you’d like to offer to be that family’s reliable help, learn what needs to be done and offer to be that person. Even if it’s coming over a few minutes at a time, learn the routine. Learn the stims. Learn the triggers. Learn the signs if the child uses sign language or become familiar with the communication device if they use that. Learn how to help, and do just that. If it’s too much to handle, because some of the care the child requires just might be, don’t give up on helping. Find another way to be there for the family.

2 – I have very kind-hearted friends who tell me after they’ve made a donation to an autism organization and that they’ve donated it in Ronan’s name. Donations are great! But some organizations don’t give back to individuals in need. Learning that the money won’t go back into the community or to a family affected by autism can be disappointing. So, before you give away your hard-earned money, ask the family where they think a donation will be best served and consider following the family’s request.

Continue reading "6 More Ways to Help During Autism ACTION Month" »

Previously: http://www.ageofautism.com/2014/04/april-30-days-of-autism-action-ideas-to-help-friends-family.html
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sun Apr 3, 2016, 12:24 PM (0 replies)

DELIGHTFUL PICS: The Obamas host their last White House Easter Egg Roll


The Obamas host their last White House Easter Egg Roll

1 hour ago

It's a 138-year-old tradition to invite the nation's children to the White House lawn for an Easter celebration. Celebrities like Christian Bale, Beyoncé and Shaq attended this year.


Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon Mar 28, 2016, 03:51 PM (14 replies)

American Academy of Pediatrics March 2016 issue


March 2016, VOLUME 137 / ISSUE 3

From the American Academy of Pediatrics
Policy Statement
Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule—United States, 2016



March 2016, VOLUME 137 / ISSUE 3

Childhood Vaccine Exemption Policy: The Case for a Less Restrictive Alternative

Douglas J. Opel, Matthew P. Kronman, Douglas S. Diekema, Edgar K. Marcuse, Jeffrey S. Duchin, Eric Kodish

Abbreviations: MV — measles vaccine, NME — nonmedical exemption, VPD — vaccine-preventable disease

Efforts to restrict parents’ ability to exempt children from receiving vaccinations required for school entry have recently reached a pinnacle. The American Medical Association voiced support for eliminating nonmedical exemptions (NMEs) from school vaccine requirements,1 and California enacted legislation doing so.2 Although laudable in their objective, policies eliminating NMEs from all vaccines are scientifically and ethically problematic. In the present article, we argue for an exemption policy that eliminates NMEs just for the measles vaccine (MV) and is pursued only after other less restrictive approaches have been implemented and deemed unsuccessful.

DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1542/peds.2015-4230
PubMed http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26993127

Published By American Academy of Pediatrics
Print ISSN 0031-4005
Online ISSN 1098-4275

Copyright © 2016 by the American Academy of Pediatrics

Author Information: Douglas J. Opel, MD, MPHa,b, Matthew P. Kronman, MD, MSCEb, Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPHa,b,c, Edgar K. Marcuse, MD, MPHb, Jeffrey S. Duchin, MDd,e,f, and Eric Kodish, MDg

aTreuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics, Seattle Children’s Research Institute, and
bDepartments of Pediatrics and
dMedicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington;
cDepartments of Health Services and
eEpidemiology, University of Washington School of Public Health, Seattle, Washington;
fCommunicable Disease Epidemiology and Immunization Section, Public Health–Seattle and King County, Seattle, Washington; and
gDepartment of Bioethics, Center for Ethics, Humanities and Spiritual Care, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio

Dr Opel conceptualized and designed the study and drafted the initial manuscript; and Drs Kronman, Diekema, Marcuse, Duchin, and Kodish reviewed and revised the manuscript. All authors approved the final manuscript as submitted and agree to be accountable for all aspects of the work.

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Mar 24, 2016, 02:09 PM (0 replies)

Review "JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR, with whom JUSTICE GINSBURG joins, dissenting."


CASE: Bruesewitz v. Wyeth
Dissent p30

All hail bad memes, NOT.

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sun Mar 20, 2016, 01:12 PM (0 replies)

EFF: "Worried about Apple? California Has a Bill That Would Disable Encryption on All Phones"


March 9, 2016 | By Andrew Crocker
Worried about Apple? California Has a Bill That Would Disable Encryption on All Phones

Smartphone users in California take notice: a new CA State Assembly bill would ban default encryption features on all smartphones. Assembly Bill 1681, introduced in January by Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D), would require any smartphone sold in California “to be capable of being decrypted and unlocked by its manufacturer or its operating system provider.” This is perhaps even more drastic than the legal precedent at stake in Apple’s ongoing showdown with the Justice Department, in which the government is trying to force a private company to write code undermining key security features in specific cases.

Both Apple and Google currently encrypt smartphones running their iOS and Android operating systems by default. A.B. 1681 would undo this default, penalizing manufacturers and providers of operating systems $2,500 per device that cannot be decrypted at the time of sale.

Similar proposals have been made by Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., who published a white paper in November 2015 arguing that law enforcement needs to access the contents of smartphones to solve a range of crimes. A nearly identical bill is also pending in the New York State Assembly.

EFF opposes A.B. 1681 and all other state proposals to regulate smartphone encryption because they are terrible policy. If passed, A.B. 1681 would leave law-abiding Californians at risk for identity theft, data breach, stalking, and other invasions of privacy, with little benefit to law enforcement. It would be both ineffective and impossible to enforce. And, if that weren’t enough, it suffers from serious constitutional infirmities.

Meanwhile, in the U.S. Congress, Representative Ted Lieu has introduced H.R. 4528, the ENCRYPT Act, which would definitively preempt state bills like A.B. 1681. EFF agrees this is the right approach to state legislation in this area, although we’d like H.R. 4528 to go further and also prevent Congress and the rest of the federal government from undermining encryption.



Cooper Appointed to Key Leadership Position
Created: Thursday, 10 March 2016 11:51

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) was appointed by Speaker Anthony Rendon to serve as Assistant Majority Floor Leader as part of the Speaker’s new leadership team.

“I want to thank Speaker Rendon for appointing me to his leadership team,” said Cooper “I am honored to be chosen to serve as Assistant Majority Floor Leader during a new era in the State Assembly. I look forward to continuing to work with Speaker Rendon and our members to make California a better place to live, work, and raise a family.”

Assemblymember Cooper represents the Cities of Sacramento, Elk Grove, Galt, and Lodi.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sun Mar 13, 2016, 04:45 PM (1 replies)

Food isn't just about taste? Food shouldn't contain untested synthetic chemicals?



Posted by proverbialwisdom | Fri Mar 11, 2016, 01:17 PM (1 replies)
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