What You Need to Know about Preparation for Active Shooters at Your Kid's College Campus


This past week there was a lot of confusion suddenly erupting in social media and in particular many conservative media outlets about hockey pucks being given to students and faculty at Oakland University to "throw at shooters". Descriptions were of students and faculty roaming the hallways like Marines, to attack bad guys with hockey pucks. Unfortunately, many of these media outlets, like Fox News, failed to actually report the true story, which they could have read about some weeks earlier (October 23) in the Oakland Post Online.
(OU professors raise money to improve campus safety)

That is what happens when you re-re-re-report and fail to check the original source yourself or actually try to interview the people involved in getting the pucks. That would be a process called good journalism. Some news organizations did a much better job, even the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) bothered to interview Tom Discenna, the current President of the Oakland University chapter of the American Association of University Professors. Why? Because the hockey pucks were the idea of Tom and our current union executive. (Full disclosure: I am a regular member of the AAUP, our faculty association and a past president of the association.)The shocking secret of the whole affair was the number on the puck, which almost no Fox media outlet ever actually explained, even though they showed a picture of the special puck. Printed in bold large font, they read "#33395 AUFD" What does that mean? 

Green-House Gas Effect and Global Warming 101

Welcome to a simple experiment in global warming. This experiment class will teach you about the way carbon dioxide causes the earth to get warmer and why the amount of extra carbon dioxide we Humans are making is tweeking that temperature to rise higher. It is not debatable, and as a matter of fact, it is as clear as the Sun, Earth and the Moon. If you believe these three heavenly bodies exist, then you have proof of global warming's link to greenhouse gasses. Why? Read on.... because today is MOONDAY!

Autism. What are the causes? The genetic realities we are learning about today.

Autism.

For decades, many parents with autistic children have wanted to know why their child has autism and they wanted some thing to blame for the condition. This has lead to vaccines being blamed, which many studies have shown is not true, and even other drugs such as antibiotics.

I previously wrote a blog post on this topic, describing the some of the first new findings of genetic reasons, DNA changes, that impact genes encoding for proteins that are important to the normal function of neurons (neural cells) in our brains. This has come about largely because of our ability to now completely read the entire genomic DNA sequence of a patient. Children with autism, and also the genomic DNA sequences of their parents.

Equifax Data Breach. ONE year ago today. What you can do to keep damage to your identify minimized.

Don't Panic

WHAT TO DO


The #Equifax Data Breach.
Over 140 MILLION persons living in the United States had Equifax loose all their private financial data, including addresses and social security numbers and financial account information.

If you got a notice that you were included in the data loss, then you should visit the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) website to guide you. (Lets not just call it data breach, it was a LOSS of our data.)

Check it out before the current White House does any more work to strip the consumer protection functions of the FTC and other departments. Its still there from 2017, last year. 

Go to the FTC's guide on how to find out if your credit report information was lost by Equifax and what steps you can do to protect yourself. Here is the link, just click:

Crayola Color Recycle Program

You can recycle Crayola markers and other brands using this new program.

Register at the website below. Set up collection boxes at school or work and Crayola pays for the FedEx shipping label to sent the box to them.

http://www.crayola.com/colorcycle.aspx

CRISPR Treatment for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in Dogs.

CRISPR Treatment for Duchene Muscular Dystrophy in Dogs.
Delivering DNA editing biochemistry into muscle cells is improving and is now helping Dogs that have the same genetic diseases as humans. CRISPR is one such technology.
This is how animal research helps all animal medicine, "one medicine", not just human medicine.
Appropriate news for the labor day weekend. Thinking about Jerry Lewis.

Senator John McCain Honored Live TV

https://jwp.io/s/q9UkE1Rt

Live Sept 1, 2018 from Washington DC.

President Bush and Obama will speak.

A great man. An American hero. President Trump will forever be worthless in my opinion because he insulted this great man in sich a vile manner while he himself is a liar and conman.

Bad Pharma Good Pharma: how Americans and their Doctors are fooled about the drugs sold to them.

Snake oil salesmen are alive and well in the 2000's.
They know how to use congress to overturn FDA new
review panel recommendations and market away.

Bad Science is simply not doing science right. If you cut corners, never repeat experiments to confirm they are reproducible, bury negative results, then you can end up with egg on your face as a scientist. At best, the target for teasing by your colleagues, or at worst a biomedical company that contributes to the illness or deaths of many people and who will never be trusted again in the science or medical world. As it should be. 


Bad science or medicine seems to happen when money is part of the motivation equation in the form of "for profit". Unfortunately, that is the context where most commercial Pharma research occurs, including clinical trials. With shareholders to pay, there is a strong executive pressure to get the product developed and flying out of the pharmacy on Doctor's prescription pads as soon as possible. This factor, profits, are one of the greatest conflicts of interest (refered often as "COI") we must manage.

For all of us, as the patient, this can have bad consequences. For our Doctors, they may be making prescription decisions based on information that is skewed or incomplete. They can be in a position where they cannot even get the full story on many of the drugs they must choose from. The Pharmacist will be in the same position as your Doctor. The problem that is keeping all three of us in the dark is reporting bias on the part of the drug developer. That is, under reporting of negative trial results, and basic cherry picking of trial results. While we have currently, in the United States, a political effort to reduce government regulations, we already suffer commercial lobbying and political over riding of FDA biomedical science recommendations on drug approvals. This includes ignoring expert panel recommendations to not approve a drug and instead let the company market away. Essentially neutering the ability of the FDA to save us all from snake oil salesmen, even in 2018.

Eye Researchers 10,000 plus Meeting on Oahu.

Panorama picture from the ARVO Central desk area in poster hall. Lots of posters here on day 4 of the meeting, including from my lab.

Get Pyeong Chang Winter Games Information with this Free Android App: World Sports Navigator


World Sports Navigator is an App I have produced to support easy access to sports and sports events information. It began as a small App just for my own android phone so I could follow the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. I have most recently updated it for the Winter Games in Pyeong Chang, the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and t the App is actually useful all year long. It no longer just focuses on Olympic sports but also covers amateur sports, Special Olympics, Paralympics, soccer, hockey, and other pro -ports too.
If you want to have the Pyeong Chang Winter Games information websites at your finger tips in one tiny App (does not use a lot of memory), then feel free to use this App.
World Sports Navigator is free, it is ad-free, and it is my way to promote human interactions through sports. Much better than conflict and war I think. You can get World Sports Navigator in Google Play and also in the Amazon App Store for your Kindle, Kindle Fires.
Get the App here: at Google Play

On the pathway to having to teach your own kids: Teacher Shortages in all States as Americans treat teachers so bad.

From my twitter, you can follow me here @kpmitton:

Welcome to education as we enter year 2 of the Trump DeVos era. 

Apparently, Americans treat teachers so bad, soon they will have to teach their own kids! Do you have kids about to go to school? Thinking about starting your own Family? As Parents, you need to do something in 2018 that was not usually much of a worry 20 years ago. Plan where you will live and work in the United States to get your children through K-12.