Tag Archives: Texas

Texas embraces more good guys with guns in schools

“Two and a half months after the May 18, 2018, Santa Fe High School shooting, Texas is rejecting proposed confiscation orders and embracing more good guys with guns in schools.” click here

Wind energy is not a sustainable technology

American Electric Power Co. said Friday that it is scrapping plans to develop one of the largest wind farms in the U.S., a day after the project was rejected by Texas regulators. click here

Is Trace Lithium in Tap Water Beneficial?

Small associations from ecological studies are questionable whether the effect is negative or as in this case positive.

Fajardo VA, LeBlanc PJ, Fajardo VA. Trace lithium in Texas tap water is negatively associated with all-cause mortality and premature death. Applied physiology, nutrition, and metabolism 2017 Dec 5. doi: 10.1139/apnm-2017-0653.

Lithium in tap water was previously found to have life-extending effects across 18 Japanese municipalities. Using a larger dataset with several Texas counties, our study shows that lithium concentrations in tap water are negatively associated with all-cause mortality (r = -0.18, p = 0.006, 232 counties) and years of potential life lost (r = -0.22, p = 0.001, 214 counties). Thus, our present findings extend and reinforce lithium’s purported life-prolonging effect in humans.

Texas Church Attack Stopped by a Good Citizen with an AR-15

“The NRA’s Wayne LaPierre pointed out a week after the heinous attack on gun-free Sandy Hook Elementary School that good guys with guns are necessary to stop bad guys with guns, which Sunday’s church attack in Sutherland Springs, Texas, has proven correct.” click here

Political Opportunism Raining on Harvey

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Hurricane Harvey not Related to “Climate Change”

“Let’s review the two basic reasons why the Houston area is experiencing what now looks like a new record amount of total rainfall, at least for a 2-3 day period over an area of tens of thousands of square miles.” click here

 

 

West Nile Virus Infection and Proximity of Residence to Bodies of Water

Melissa S. Nolan, Ana Zangeneh, Salma A. Khuwaja, Diana Martinez, Susan N. Rossmann, Victor Cardenas, and Kristy O. Murray.  Proximity of Residence to Bodies of Water and Risk for West Nile Virus Infection: A Case-Control Study in Houston, Texas. Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology  Volume 2012, Article ID 159578, 6 pages doi:10.1155/2012/159578 

West Nile virus (WNV), a mosquito-borne virus, has clinically affected hundreds of residents in the Houston metropolitan area since its introduction in 2002. This study aimed to determine if living within close proximity to a water source increases one’s odds of infection with WNV. We identified 356 eligible WNV-positive cases and 356 controls using a population proportionate to size model with US Census Bureau data. We found that living near slow moving water sources was statistically associated with increased odds for human infection, while living near moderate moving water systems was associated with decreased odds for human infection. Living near bayous lined with vegetation as opposed to concrete also showed increased risk of infection. The habitats of slow moving and vegetation lined water sources appear to favor the mosquito-human transmission cycle. These methods can be used by resource-limited health entities to identify high-risk areas for arboviral disease surveillance and efficient mosquito management initiatives.