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(Yahoo)   The heath care debate has made us lose focus of the truly important summer stories; sharks, missing white females, and germs. Fortunately, Yahoo's got our back   ( divider line
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3493 clicks; posted to Main » on 13 Sep 2009 at 8:37 AM (8 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2009-09-13 08:41:59 AM  
What debate over Heath bars?
2009-09-13 08:50:23 AM
2009-09-13 08:51:06 AM  

btr3924: What debate over Heath bars?

Gettin ma gun
2009-09-13 08:51:35 AM
Ect, ect.....

/Won't somebody think of the hotlinks!
2009-09-13 09:06:03 AM  
Well, I do care for Heath bars.....mmmmm Heath bars.
2009-09-13 09:33:04 AM  
staph at SF Bay area beaches? add a lacy peterson and we can have all three in one story!
2009-09-13 09:38:42 AM  
Mmm... Heath bars

Or is this a debate about Heath Ledger's care?
2009-09-13 09:41:44 AM  
I've been paying pretty close attention this summer and I haven't seen much of a debate.
2009-09-13 09:44:20 AM  
I worked on the University of Miami MRSA study at Hobie Beach, so I'm getting a kick out of these replies...

This article sucks. MRSA is obviously a dangerous illness to contract, especially for immunocompromised individuals, but there is a very low probability that someone would contract MRSA from ocean water under the current circumstances. The buffoon writer makes it sound scary i.e. "4 out of 10 samples contained MRSA". Yes, this is true (I think; don't have the data sets in front of me) but we didn't have a "4 in 10" infection rate. In fact, hardly anyone out of the ~ 500 people we tested and followed up with became ill from ANY disease after sitting in the water or sitting on the beach for the assigned 15 minutes.
Also, Hobie Beach is a heavily-used, dog-friendly beach located near the windward side of a sewage treatment plant and a large open-water sea aquarium. There's potentially a huge, unnatural nutrient base for all types of microorganisms that shouldn't be there. And we're still investigating all of the other currently unquantified factors that could contribute to the presence of MRSA -- we don't even know if it's present year-round since the study was conducted February through July. I also don't think it's prudent to compare Hobie Beach to the beaches in California because they have completely different ecological and soil compositions and usage dynamics.
2009-09-13 10:01:27 AM  

redmond24: I've been paying pretty close attention this summer and I haven't seen much of a debate.

An incoherent wharrrrrgarbl fest seems to be a better description.
2009-09-13 10:02:16 AM  
Good thing we're not missing a white sharkgirl with swine flu and no health insurance. Although that Yale chick is a decent alternative.
2009-09-13 10:54:36 AM

2009-09-13 04:31:03 PM  
Hey, we're getting straightened out. We're all looking for an Asian woman apparently.

Oh, and watching ACORN trying to get funding for an under-age illegal alien brothel of course.
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