Archive for December 22, 2010

The Secession Thread

Ft. Sumter, Apr 12–13, 1861 (www​.civil​warhome​.com)

In the com­ments sec­tion of the Synagis™ post, a side dis­cus­sion has bro­ken out on whether the United States should break itself into pieces.

Since such a thought coin­cides with the 150th anniver­sary of the fir­ing on Ft. Sumter, it’s as timely an issue as any.

Cor­rec­tion (thanks Max): Since such a thought coin­cides with the 150th anniver­sary of South Carolina’s Ordi­nance of Seces­sion, it’s as timely an issue as any.

Here’s the com­ment that kicked off the discussion:

(Some of you) guys never cease to amaze me and with a world­view that is so com­pletely anti­thet­i­cal to my own, I find it increas­ingly dif­fi­cult to call you fel­low Americans.

The dis­so­lu­tion of the United States as we know it and emer­gence of regional, like-​​minded gov­er­nance (South, West Coast, North­east, Mid­west, etc.) can’t come soon enough. For all of you who want to ban Happy Meals and run pri­vate health insur­ance out of town, I want you to have a place you can call home that’s all your own.

Let’s con­tinue that dis­cus­sion here.

Tales of Big Pharma: Synagis™ (Palivizumab)

RSV

Res­pi­ra­tory Syn­cy­tial Virus. From http://​mikro​life​.blogspot​.com/​2​0​0​7​/​1​1​/​k​e​e​p​i​n​g​-​o​u​r​-​c​h​i​l​d​r​e​n​-​s​a​f​e​-​s​h​o​u​l​d​-​b​e​-​o​u​r​.​h​tml

You might recall that in my last episode of “Who’s Pay­ing for Health Advances?” I made brief men­tion of a drug used to treat res­pi­ra­tory syn­cy­tial virus (RSV) in chil­dren with chronic lung disease.

RSV is a sea­sonal dis­or­der that causes sig­nif­i­cant dis­ease (what doc­tors call “mor­bid­ity”) in chil­dren, espe­cially pre­ma­ture infants who have grown into chil­dren with con­gen­i­tal heart dis­ease and chronic lung dis­ease. (“Con­gen­i­tal” means “occur­ring at birth” and “chronic” means “hap­pen­ing all the time”.) (more…)

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