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(Time)   In news that anyone with an IQ higher than Jenny McCarthy's should love to hear, researchers announce that a new vaccine appears to offer total protection from malaria, which kills about 600,000 people annually   (healthland.time.com) divider line 109
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2013-08-10 08:05:40 AM  
But I can prove that vaccines cause global warming...
 
2013-08-10 09:16:15 AM  
There will still be assholes who are against it for a variety of really stupid reasons
ranging from racism, to conspiracy theories about global domination and autism.
 
2013-08-10 09:21:31 AM  
Awesome. I look forward to competing with another billion people a year for work.
 
2013-08-10 09:21:57 AM  
I hear malaria vaccines caused human slavery in Africa.
 
2013-08-10 09:22:35 AM  
I didn't need a malaria shot growing up and I did just fine. Why the hell should we give these shots to them? It'll just make them self entitled lazy brats.
 
2013-08-10 09:22:40 AM  
I'll just stick with this gin and tonic. *sip*
 
2013-08-10 09:26:40 AM  
There's a Vsauce video that credits malaria with half of the fatalities across human history. We've been fighting those little bastard parasites since before we came out of the trees. And losing.
 
2013-08-10 09:31:38 AM  

Sybarite: I'll just stick with this gin and tonic. *sip*


You da man! 9:30am
 
2013-08-10 09:34:42 AM  

thisispete: There's a Vsauce video that credits malaria with half of the fatalities across human history. We've been fighting those little bastard parasites since before we came out of the trees. And losing.


I don't know what criteria you're using, because it sure doesn't feel like we're losing.
 
2013-08-10 09:36:18 AM  
Third World problem?
 
2013-08-10 09:36:57 AM  
600k poor people, in *other* countries.

That's like the equivalent of 60 poor Americans or 1 cute middle class child.
 
2013-08-10 09:37:16 AM  
Because India doesn't have enough people.
 
2013-08-10 09:39:12 AM  

rubi_con_man: Awesome. I look forward to competing with another billion people a year for work.


What kind of work do you do where 600,000 equals 1,000,000,000?
 
2013-08-10 09:41:07 AM  
More profitable to treat the disease than its cause, right?
Big Pharma: Always. Always turn a profit at the expense of public health.
 
2013-08-10 09:42:02 AM  
Well, you have to admit that Jenny McCarthy's kid being stupid is an inexplicably extraordinary event, and requires an extraordinary explanation. I mean, how can such a thing have come to be?
 
2013-08-10 09:42:46 AM  
This is obviously a conspiracy by Big Pharma to enslave everyone with their vaccines by giving them autism
 
2013-08-10 09:44:33 AM  
Does it turn people with traumatic brain injuries into homicidal maniacs?  No?  Please proceed.
 
2013-08-10 09:45:17 AM  

HotIgneous Intruder: More profitable to treat the disease than its cause, right?
Big Pharma: Always. Always turn a profit at the expense of public health.


A vaccination is treating the cause of a disease.  You knew that, right?
 
2013-08-10 09:45:59 AM  

foo monkey: Because India doesn't have enough people.


People in developing countries have a large number of children to ensure at least a few will survive to adulthood. Reduce the odds of children dying and you get a large decline in birthrates. This has been seen repeatedly and it results in a steady population. It, along with education for women and access to birth control, are easy wins in the battle against overpopulation. Other than a few wackos like the Quiverfull movement in the US, most people don't want to add a huge number of people to the planet. They do so because they feel they have to in order to ensure their own survival.
 
2013-08-10 09:46:58 AM  

Aquapope: HotIgneous Intruder: More profitable to treat the disease than its cause, right?
Big Pharma: Always. Always turn a profit at the expense of public health.

A vaccination is treating the cause of a disease.  You knew that, right?


Tread softly on that bridge, my friend.
 
2013-08-10 09:50:10 AM  

EngineerAU: foo monkey: Because India doesn't have enough people.

People in developing countries have a large number of children to ensure at least a few will survive to adulthood. Reduce the odds of children dying and you get a large decline in birthrates. This has been seen repeatedly and it results in a steady population. It, along with education for women and access to birth control, are easy wins in the battle against overpopulation. Other than a few wackos like the Quiverfull movement in the US, most people don't want to add a huge number of people to the planet. They do so because they feel they have to in order to ensure their own survival.


You've never been to India.
 
2013-08-10 09:50:14 AM  

Aquapope: HotIgneous Intruder: More profitable to treat the disease than its cause, right?
Big Pharma: Always. Always turn a profit at the expense of public health.

A vaccination is treating the cause of a disease.  You knew that, right?


Vectors, how do they work?
Mosquitoes carry the malaria virus. Mosquitoes are the vector.
Letting the vector live is like telling people to stop washing their hands because we can treat their inevitable resultant sickness with a shot.
Which will cost money, I'd bet.
Step 3: PROFIT.
 
2013-08-10 09:50:38 AM  

Fark_Guy_Rob: 600k poor people, in *other* countries.

That's like the equivalent of 60 poor Americans or 1 cute middle class child.


Or a white blonde teenage girl haz a sad.
 
2013-08-10 09:52:55 AM  
I suggest this thread get included on the Main Page as it's just too cool to bury on the Geek Page, IMHO.
 
2013-08-10 10:02:35 AM  

HotIgneous Intruder: Aquapope: HotIgneous Intruder: More profitable to treat the disease than its cause, right?
Big Pharma: Always. Always turn a profit at the expense of public health.

A vaccination is treating the cause of a disease.  You knew that, right?

Vectors, how do they work?
Mosquitoes carry the malaria virus. Mosquitoes are the vector.
Letting the vector live is like telling people to stop washing their hands because we can treat their inevitable resultant sickness with a shot.
Which will cost money, I'd bet.
Step 3: PROFIT.


I'm sure wiping out all mosquitoes would have no ecological consequences whatsoever and would be totally doable.
 
2013-08-10 10:09:54 AM  

HotIgneous Intruder: Vectors, how do they work?
Mosquitoes carry the malaria virus. Mosquitoes are the vector.
Letting the vector live is like telling people to stop washing their hands because we can treat their inevitable resultant sickness with a shot.


Some places have eliminated Malaria entirely just by using different irrigation techniques that don't encourage mosquito growth. In fact Malaria rates have been steadily dropping for decades now due to things like that and people building up natural herd immunity. The mortality rates subby is presenting as fact are from the WHO site, which they say themselves is a very rough estimate with an enormous uncertainty range.
 
2013-08-10 10:13:03 AM  

Aquapope: rubi_con_man: Awesome. I look forward to competing with another billion people a year for work.

What kind of work do you do where 600,000 equals 1,000,000,000?


The One where six hundred thousand deaths means that the attention and care of a billion people - whole continents - are dedicated to fighting malaria. Additionally, millions spend periods of time during their lives periodically suffering from malaria. With the Additional non-dead people, the liberation of the time of much of the rest, and the farking that many of those non-sick and non-dead people, I expect that we'll have another billion people.

You know malaria used to be endemic to the American south, right? The reason that the south has boomed in the last generation isn't because of republican policies - it's because THEY STOPPED GETTING MALARIA AND HOOKWORM, leading to the massive move south by Northeastern companies who found that the labor pool was suddenly much healthier.

So yeah, the world I live in is the real world.
 
2013-08-10 10:14:41 AM  
I got a malaria on my pinky toe once, it wasn't pleasant.  I guess I'm immune now.  Most people get it when they're kids, and then they never get it again for the rest of their lives, but when I was growing up we were too poor to afford horse riding lessons, so I didn't get exposed until I was about 28 1/2 years old.  Now my favorite kind of cheese smells like soiled underwear.
 
2013-08-10 10:16:49 AM  

EngineerAU: foo monkey: Because India doesn't have enough people.

People in developing countries have a large number of children to ensure at least a few will survive to adulthood. Reduce the odds of children dying and you get a large decline in birthrates. This has been seen repeatedly and it results in a steady population. It, along with education for women and access to birth control, are easy wins in the battle against overpopulation.


It takes generations to convince them to want smaller families.  Women are easier to convince, but men from large families sure love to up the ante on how many children they can make.
 
2013-08-10 10:26:49 AM  
the way you worded that the vaccine kills 600,000 a year. Nice Comma usage.
 
2013-08-10 10:28:49 AM  

Raharu: There will still be assholes who are against it for a variety of really stupid reasons
ranging from racism, to conspiracy theories about global domination and autism.


Don't forget the pro DDT crowd.
 
2013-08-10 10:33:35 AM  
Well, now that malaria's cured, I guess those poor people will need Google's Internet balloons after all, Mr. Bill Gates!
 
2013-08-10 10:33:45 AM  

Great_Milenko: Don't forget the pro DDT crowd.


It makes it much easier to crack the eggs for your eagle omelet in the morning, I'm not seeing the downside.
 
2013-08-10 10:36:47 AM  

Great_Milenko: Raharu: There will still be assholes who are against it for a variety of really stupid reasons
ranging from racism, to conspiracy theories about global domination and autism.

Don't forget the pro DDT crowd.



Oh yeah, maybe we should just head that nonsense off at the pass today.
 
2013-08-10 10:37:32 AM  
Bill Maher is as dumb as Jenny McCarthy in this regard. He is also an executive of PETA which makes him borderline retarded.
 
2013-08-10 11:00:19 AM  
Assuming this isn't one of those breakthroughs that we never year about again: the real problem is getting it to the people who tend to die from things like malaria.
The ones who can't afford vaccines.
 
2013-08-10 11:11:22 AM  

way south: The ones who can't afford vaccines.


Generally, these sorts of vaccines are distributed as part of government or NGO programs. The trick is getting it into regions of the world ruled by warlords who will use anything to cement their power.
 
2013-08-10 11:28:52 AM  
Sickle cell anemia is also a good defense against malaria. If they can not get the vaccine they might want to try it out.
 
xcv
2013-08-10 11:35:42 AM  

EngineerAU: foo monkey: Because India doesn't have enough people.

People in developing countries have a large number of children to ensure at least a few will survive to adulthood

because they hate condoms and prefer dry sex, believe women best serve god/the clan/tribe/family as uneducated baby making machines, and think birth control is part of a Western plot to sterilize them.
 
2013-08-10 11:37:19 AM  

tenpoundsofcheese: The parasites are still the same parasites and haven't improved their lot at all.


Yeah, Drug Resistance isn't an evolutionary trait at all.

HotIgneous Intruder: More profitable to treat the disease than its cause, right?
Big Pharma: Always. Always turn a profit at the expense of public health.


So please, tell us how we wipe out every mosquito on the face of the Earth without having disastrous ecological effects.

Glad you're living up to your Farkie as an Anti-vaxxer.
 
xcv
2013-08-10 11:38:34 AM  

rubi_con_man: You know malaria used to be endemic to the American south, right? The reason that the south has boomed in the last generation isn't because of republican policies - it's because THEY STOPPED GETTING MALARIA AND HOOKWORM, leading to the massive move south by Northeastern companies who found that the labor pool was suddenly much healthier.

So yeah, the world I live in is the real world.


What's it like to live in a world that never heard of air conditioning?
 
2013-08-10 11:40:46 AM  

EngineerAU: foo monkey: Because India doesn't have enough people.

People in developing countries have a large number of children to ensure at least a few will survive to adulthood. Reduce the odds of children dying and you get a large decline in birthrates. This has been seen repeatedly and it results in a steady population. It, along with education for women and access to birth control, are easy wins in the battle against overpopulation. Other than a few wackos like the Quiverfull movement in the US, most people don't want to add a huge number of people to the planet. They do so because they feel they have to in order to ensure their own survival.


In India specifically as well as the rest of the world if you want to see a lower birthrate you have to improve the economy lot of women. If women can support themselves economically, then it does not matter what the culture impresses, on average they will marry LATER. As they marry later, the number of offspring dramatically decreases. As that happens in a society, everything improves for everyone.

I did a lot of research on this a few years back. The main charity I support is KIVA ( http://www.kiva.org/start ). I personally microlend to women in specific third world countries who are trying to become economically independent. They then repay the loan (I've only had one loan NOT repaid, and it wasn't because of the woman...it was due to problems in her region which shut down the places she could repay. This lasted more than six months, so the loan went into default. She was encouraged instead of repayment to use the funds to invest in others in her region.

I strongly encourage others to look into it themselves. It was the one way I found that I could make the biggest difference with what little I have to invest. Additionally because KIVA is microlending, when I hit a bad bump, I was able to pull out some of the cash I usually invest to use for my emergency because it was paid back. Then later I just put it back in and relended.

The other charities I support tend to be individual causes, or crisis causes.
 
2013-08-10 12:16:12 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder: Aquapope: HotIgneous Intruder: More profitable to treat the disease than its cause, right?
Big Pharma: Always. Always turn a profit at the expense of public health.

A vaccination is treating the cause of a disease.  You knew that, right?

Vectors, how do they work?
Mosquitoes carry the malaria virus. Mosquitoes are the vector.
Letting the vector live is like telling people to stop washing their hands because we can treat their inevitable resultant sickness with a shot.
Which will cost money, I'd bet.
Step 3: PROFIT.


This just in: MALARIA IS NOT CAUSED BY A VIRUS
 
2013-08-10 12:23:15 PM  
Yes, so you can't treat it as one by using a vaccine.
Keeping people from getting an illness without eradicating the cause is a huge profit opportunity.
 
2013-08-10 12:23:54 PM  

give me doughnuts: This just in: MALARIA IS NOT CAUSED BY A VIRUS


Next you'll be trying to tell us whooping cough isn't.

Take your anti-science crusade somewhere else.
 
2013-08-10 12:29:06 PM  
I always listen to a Playboy Playmate for my medical information.
/no, not really
 
2013-08-10 12:32:32 PM  
Great.  Hopefully it will be as successful as the polio vaccine the U.S distributes for free, but African Muslims refuse for their kids because they think it's a plot to spread AIDS.
 
2013-08-10 12:35:26 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder: Aquapope: HotIgneous Intruder: More profitable to treat the disease than its cause, right?
Big Pharma: Always. Always turn a profit at the expense of public health.

A vaccination is treating the cause of a disease.  You knew that, right?

Vectors, how do they work?
Mosquitoes carry the malaria virus. Mosquitoes are the vector.
Letting the vector live is like telling people to stop washing their hands because we can treat their inevitable resultant sickness with a shot.
Which will cost money, I'd bet.
Step 3: PROFIT.


Yeah! Why are those pharmaceutical companies not fighting the existence of mosquitoes and poor water deposits, but are formulating a cure to a disease that happens as a result instead? CONSPIRACY.
 
2013-08-10 12:35:40 PM  
If true, this is a big farking deal.
 
2013-08-10 12:36:51 PM  

rubi_con_man: Awesome. I look forward to competing with another billion people a year for work.


But the people who have been dying of malaria only take the jobs that Americans don't want...
 
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