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Ed Cara
edcara
Science writer at Gizmodo and pug aficionado elsewhere
Nov 25
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I don’t disagree with the above! There might have been a few quirks where some other form of injury could have been lumped in with these cases, but obviously a small minority. As for how long, it usually took prolonged use in a lot of cases I’ve seen info on.

Nov 25
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There are a few cases where THC/Vit E wasn’t found in victims’ lungs and no clear evidence that they used THC. But I haven’t seen any concrete theory for how these cases could have had these specific symptoms from e-cigarettes alone, even if e-cigarettes can cause harm in some other way. Read more

Nov 19
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You’re still running against the problem that we haven’t seen many, if any, other signals that dog-to-dog transmission is happening, let alone dog-to-human. And we have seen cats spread it to other cats, and minks spread it to people, so it’s not just a matter of people not looking for these kinds of risks. Read more

Nov 19
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Well, I don’t think it’s impossible! But there’s a lot of priors of weighing against it. Read more

Nov 17
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Well, I think Ebola is partly to blame for that, since the discovery of it in semen long after initial infection was only recent. Given that we’re talking about a disease only ever seen once before, makes sense to collect as much data as possible. I imagine the survivor was just given a good battery of tests at Read more

Nov 13
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My condolences! Hope your furry friend can pull through

Nov 13
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Those were the examples Fisher mentioned, but did check them out for myself. Methanol can be a common ingredient of fluid, but usually only when the fluid is intended to be used in colder conditions (antifreeze used to often contain methanol, but not anymore). And poorly made bootleg booze can contain lots of funky Read more

Nov 13
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Sorry, that’s on me! Simply miswrote there. It was usually 250 ml of 80 proof, or 40%, vodka, mixed with 500 ml water. for the average 150-pound volunteer. That’s still a good amount (it seems five shots worth, though obviously diluted), but they were monitored the whole time. Some were also given lime-favored water Read more

Nov 11
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Well, the study did try to account for that by picking health events that range from common viral infections to incredibly painful (kidney stones) to slow-healing (broken bone) as a comparison. Read more

Nov 11
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So the answer is gonna be complicated. Yes, there’s some evidence that viral infection can help trigger mental illness. This study suggests that covid-19 is going above even that baseline. Is that because the virus is directly infecting the brain; because infection can lead to serious inflammation that attacks the Read more

Nov 6
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I alluded to this a bit, but from what they saw, it wasn’t necessarily having just one recent cold that led to these antibodies forming, but having lots of colds in your recent history. And as you point out, kids tend to get mildly sick a lot more often than we do, ironically because we have some built-in immunity. Read more

Nov 6
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Some were hospital or clinic patients (and some were indeed tested for flu/cold viruses), some were healthy research subjects who gave their blood for another study, and one group was pregnant women who got prenatal care.

Nov 3
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Hearing reports from our resident Chonk-in-the-Sky that not enough treats have been allocated to the felines in Wisconsin

Nov 3
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So same highway but different car, to put it in layman?

Nov 2
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I mean, I have definitely walked into many a blast of cold air in my bathroom post-shower—sometimes it’s too cold no matter what! And while you can never say never, fainting is commonly caused by low blood pressure, which happens with anaphylaxis

Nov 2
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Medically, I believe the reason this is referred to as an allergy is that it’s mediated by IgE antibodies, which leads to an almost immediate, short term reaction, like you would get from eating peanuts if you were allergic to them. There are other types of hypersensitivity syndromes that don’t follow those rules, but Read more

Oct 26
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It’s a pretty good reminder that infectious diseases luckily don’t kill all too many people in America, present times excluded!

Oct 21
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past Ed would have no trouble calling the deadliest pandemic in modern history a very bad thing while it was happening, yes.