Archive for December, 2008

Oh, too funny.

If I’m not mistaken, anything to do with shoes is considered one of the worst possible insults in Iraqi culture.  That’s why they beat those Sadaam Hussei statues with shoes when the U.S. forces tore them down.


Promising new malaria vaccine

A new malaria vaccine is showing some positive results in trials conducted in Kenya and Tanzania.  You’ll notice the article mentions that this is being done by scientists, as opposed to Allah or Jesus.  Hopefully, once a final vaccine for malaria is discovered, it won’t be hampered by religious fanatics like the effort to eradicate polio.

An experimental malaria vaccine for babies reduced the chances of developing the mosquito-borne illness by more than half, scientists are reporting today. The results, from two trials conducted in Kenya and Tanzania, are the most promising yet in the quest to develop effective immunization against the life-threatening parasite.

The findings on GlaxoSmithKline’s RTS,S/AS01 showed a 53 percent lower risk of infection over eight months and were presented today at the annual American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene meeting in New Orleans. They build on results published last year that found that GSK’s RTS,S/AS02 vaccine (the same shot formulated with a different adjuvant, or immune-enhancing additive) slashed the risk of a first-time malaria infection by 66 percent in infants who received the full three-dose course. A safety study on that vaccine published in today’s online edition of the New England Journal of Medicine showed about the same efficacy — a 65 percent reduction in first-time infections for babies 12 months and younger.