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Survey: Parents increasingly ask doctors to delay vaccines

There is no medical procedure that is without risk, as is the case with many of our daily activities. It is true that there are very rare complications from vaccine injections, but they are miniscule compared with the risks that children and others face from not receiving vaccines.

Seat belts are the same way. It is true that there are cases where a person is thrown from a car and survives, and might not have or would not have survived if one had been latched. But those cases are very rare. Thousands of people die every year in car accidents because they didn't fasten their seat belt for one reason or another.

It all arises from a basic misunderstanding of the basics of probability. But, judging from the number of lottery tickets sold every year, a huge proportion of the population has no clue on that subject. It's been said that lotteries are a tax on the mathematically challenged.

So I can understand why parents are delaying vaccinations: <br>
They simply don't understand the basics of probability.

March 2, 2015 at 3:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

100 years ago: Old 'shape-singing' book surfaces in Lawrence

Shape notes were introduced in 1801. I've seen a music book in the library here in Lawrence that was noted that way, but that was years ago. Here's an example of a piece of music with shape notes: <br>
(click on image to enlarge it)

http://www2.ljworld.com/users/photos/...

February 28, 2015 at 4:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Driver and passenger in Pontiac Grand Am arrested after long police chase

They most likely called off the chase because the highway patrol was too sane to chase the vehicle at an insane speed. At some point, it's necessary to call off a chase for the safety of the public. You can bet your bottom dollar that if there had been a fatal accident because of the chase, there would be a public outcry.

And, apparently the highway patrolmen know who owns the vehicle. So, they aren't likely to get away with that.

Of course we'll probably never know, but it's not impossible that the initial stop was for the purpose of issuing only a verbal warning.

February 26, 2015 at 3:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

100 years ago: Church groups discuss city regulation of pool halls

Where I came from, "pool hall" was a synonym for "beer joint."

The pool tables were just an excuse.

February 25, 2015 at 4:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Mental health drug regulation bill advances in Kansas Senate

Haldol? That's a terrible drug. If you've ever experienced tardive dyskinesia, you'd understand why. You bite your tongue and cheek so much that you literally have to drink your blood. Or, you might break your teeth.

And guess what? For some patients, it's permanent. So, the patient might be drinking his/her blood for a lifetime. As well as involuntarily jerking around a whole lot, anytime, anywhere. And drooling a lot, too. It's rarely prescribed in developed countries anymore, due to its terrible side effects. In third world nations, it's quite likely possibly much more in use due to its lower cost.

It is true that the second, third, and fourth generation atypicals also have side effects, but they're nowhere near as severe, and are much more easily tolerated. Each generation reflects a greatly improved formula. Abilify (Aripiprazole), which was mentioned in the article, is a third generation antipsychotic. There is now at least one fourth generation atypical that has been approved by the FDA, but apparently there has not been very much clinical experience with it because it's so new.

It's true that the lowest effective dose should be used, but that's the case with any drug.

As a general rule, psychiatrists that have treated thousands of patients over many years should be the ones to make the decision about what medication is likely to help a patient. At the VA, a typical psychiatrist has 2,000 patients at any given time, so they gain a great deal of experience very quickly.

It's a bit unfortunate that any physician can prescribe any psychiatric medication, without any psychiatric training at all. However, most physicians are aware that psychiatry is not their area of expertise, and will refer a patient to a psychiatrist.

But, there is a problem. Many of the atypical antipsychotics can make a patent very sedated, and therefore very easy to control. So it's my opinion that for convenience, many patients are given medications, just to make life easier for the staff of the facility that houses them.

February 25, 2015 at 10:43 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Wetlands fans anticipate Baker discovery center opening

"in violation of ratified treaties"

Please name a treaty between the European Invaders and the Native Americans that was honored by the European Invaders.

February 24, 2015 at 6:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Highway Patrol, local law enforcement to target high schools for seat belt use

It is not a civil right to break the law.

February 20, 2015 at 10:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas proposal would allow concealed carry with no permit

I was at home behind a locked door. The problem was that someone that I didn't want inside my apartment was kicking the door open!

After that, I totally changed my attitude about gun ownership.

February 19, 2015 at 11:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas bill would require parental consent for sex education

I had sex education classes in the late 1960s, and I didn't learn anything in those classes that I didn't already know except for one thing:

You can get diseases that way. I didn't know that!

February 19, 2015 at 11:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

100 years ago: YMCA censoring magazine ads at public library

"Mr. Johnson declares that while in the city someone purloined his pocketbook which contained several hundred dollars.”

Let's say it was $500, for instance. From: <br>
http://www.usinflationcalculator.com/

$500 in 1915 would equal about $11,719.60 in today's dollars. That's quite a loss!

February 18, 2015 at 3:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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