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  • Some People Don't Get Bitten By Mosquitoes — Why That's True Will Surprise You

    05/24/2014 11:28:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/24/2014 | Kevin Loria
    It's Memorial Day weekend, which means the time for barbecues and nights outside has begun. But, unfortunately, it's also the time that mosquitoes see as open season to dine on humans.If you can't spend a summer night outside without slapping your ankles — and you still end up with dozens of mosquito bites — then it might be true that the flying pests really do love you.And those lucky people who say they don't get bitten? They exist too.But it's not because one person's blood tastes better to the small hovering bloodsuckers — or at least, not just that. In...
  • Protest Planned Against Last-Minute Bloomberg Push for Mandatory Flu Vaccines

    12/10/2013 12:05:48 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    Politicker.com ^ | December 9, 2013 | Colin Campbell and Jill Colvin
    Autism advocates are set to protest tomorrow against a quiet effort by Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration to require annual flu vaccinations for all New York City schoolchildren.On Wednesday, with just three weeks to go until he leaves office, Mr. Bloomberg’s controversial Board of Health is set to vote on new rules that would force children as young as six months old to be immunized each year before December 31 if they attend licensed day care or pre-school programs.“Young children have a high risk of developing severe complications from influenza. One-third of children under five in New York City do not...
  • South Carolina Father Wins Self-Defense Immunity in Shooting of Bystander

    10/10/2013 4:08:00 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 20 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 10-10-2013 | Andrew Branca
    A father in South Carolina who fired his handgun in self-defense–and in the process killing an apparent innocent bystander–has successfully argued that he is not subject to criminal or civil liability under the state’s self-defense immunity law. South Carolina’s self-defense immunity statute–§16-11-450. Immunity from criminal prosecution and civil actions; law enforcement officer exception; costs.–is essentially identical to Florida’s self-defense immunity statute currently under legislative review (as covered by Legal Insurrection here)–§776.032. Immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action for justifiable use of force. The Issue Is Self-Defense Immunity, Not “Stand Your Ground” As is frequently the case in Florida, news...
  • Researchers Identify New Source of Powerful Immunity Protein

    08/05/2013 6:11:33 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | July 10, 2013 | NA
    Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center report the identification of a new cellular source for an important disease-fighting protein used in the body's earliest response to infection. The protein interferon-gamma (IFN-Îł) keeps viruses from replicating and stimulates the immune system to produce other disease-fighting agents. Neutrophils, the newly identified cellular source of the protein, are the major component of the pus that forms around injured tissue. The researchers also report that the neutrophils appear to produce IFN-Îł through a new cellular pathway independent of Toll-like receptors (TLRs): the body's early warning system for invasion by pathogens. This finding indicates that...
  • CO lawmakers granted immunity from parking, speeding tickets while happily gouging little people

    08/07/2013 6:58:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/07/2013 | MARY KATHARINE HAM
    Laws are for plebes: State lawmakers are getting special perks because of their legislative license plates.The plates issued to the 100 state lawmakers and representatives elected to serve Colorado are preventing them not only from receiving photo radar tickets but also collection notices from past due parking tickets.The legislative plates are not entered into the Colorado DMV database, so when photo radar cameras catch these drivers speeding, they never received tickets. That’s because of a loophole that doesn’t allow the City of Denver to electronically cross-reference those plates with a home address. The same “loophole” affects parking tickets and the...
  • U.S. gives big, secret push to Internet surveillance

    05/01/2013 10:27:04 AM PDT · by Theoria · 16 replies
    CNET ^ | 24 April 2013 | Declan McCullagh
    Justice Department agreed to issue "2511 letters" immunizing AT&T and other companies participating in a cybersecurity program from criminal prosecution under the Wiretap Act, according to new documents obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center. Senior Obama administration officials have secretly authorized the interception of communications carried on portions of networks operated by AT&T and other Internet service providers, a practice that might otherwise be illegal under federal wiretapping laws. The secret legal authorization from the Justice Department originally applied to a cybersecurity pilot project in which the military monitored defense contractors' Internet links. Since then, however, the program has...
  • FL:‘Stand your ground law’ stands

    02/25/2013 6:18:54 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    thegunwriter.blogs.heraldtribune.com ^ | 25 February, 2012 | Lee Williams
    The 19-member group, which was co-chaired by Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll and Reverend R.B. Holmes, Jr., held public hearing in seven cities: Tallahassee, Longwood, Arcadia, West Palm Beach, Cutler Bay, Jacksonville, and Pensacola. I attended a task force meeting in Arcadia. Many individuals came to ask for help with a host of personal issues, but there were basically two types of people at the hearing: those who believed Trayvon Martin was murdered, who worried that a similar killing could befall their community, and gun-rights groups. The former believed the law goes too far in allowing self-defense claims to free those...
  • Is the Pope facing International Criminal Prosecution?

    02/16/2013 5:20:42 PM PST · by George Varnum · 80 replies
    The ROOD Awakening ^ | Feb. 15, 2013 | Michael Rood
    Pope Benedict XVI has allegedly applied to the President of the Republic of Italy for immunity from arrest and prosecution following a diplomatic statement of intent to issue an arrest warrant for him. Apparently an unidentified EU country wants to prosecute him for various charges related to ongoing child abuse scandals.
  • NJ Senator Mounts His Own Defense

    02/03/2013 10:58:31 AM PST · by John Semmens · 13 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 2 Feb 2013 | John Semmens
    Under a new wave of criticism related to his overseas sexcapades, Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) rose to his own defense insisting that “everything I”m alleged to have done has been within my rights under the law.” The claim that he has illegally and immorally consorted with underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic is “without merit,” Menendez said. “There is a saying—when in Rome, do as the Romans do. Well, in the Dominican Republic, prostitution is not illegal. I was within my rights to engage in a transaction that is perfectly legal under that country’s law. That I should be hounded...
  • Strengthen self-defense law, gun rights advocates tell panel(FL)

    10/17/2012 7:30:06 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    tbo.com ^ | 17 October, 2012 | AP
    JACKSONVILLE -- Gun rights advocates Tuesday told a task force reviewing Florida's "stand your ground" law that the statute needs to be revised to take the burden off defendants trying to prove their use of force was justified.
  • Making the ballot, Prop 114 would limit civil suits over criminal actions(AZ)

    09/13/2012 10:53:59 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    azdailysun.com ^ | 13 September, 2012 | NA
    PHOENIX -- Eight years ago, a Tucson man suspected of stealing a bottle of lotion was asphyxiated by a security guard. Now that incident -- and the legal fight over liability -- is spilling over to the ballot. Proposition 114 would alter two provisions of the Arizona Constitution that prohibit the Legislature from limiting the right of individuals to sue for damages. The sections would remain, but with a new exception: It would not apply to someone who is injured while engaged in a felony, attempting to commit one or even fleeing. "If someone breaks into a home and gets...
  • TORT REPORT: What employers need to know about concealed-carry immunity

    08/30/2012 6:45:33 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    wislawjournal.com ^ | 29 August, 2012 | Matthew Rosek
    Wisconsin’s new concealed-carry law, while heralded by many gun-rights advocates, has created some confusion for employers and property owners. The new law specifically provides immunity for employers/property owners that allow persons visiting their property to carry concealed weapons. There are however, some interesting issues presented by the law that should be discussed. The concealed-carry law allows properly licensed persons to carry concealed weapons in most places. Specifically exempted places include: county, state, or federal courthouses, police stations, schools and airports after the TSA checkpoints. Some of the potential weapons that could be carried by a license holder include: handguns, electronic...
  • Barclays Chairman Agius Resigns

    07/02/2012 5:48:13 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 7 replies
    WSJ Online ^ | 7/2/12 | JESSICA HODGSON
    Libor rates are calculated for different currencies each day under the auspices of the British Bankers' Association, using quotes that are submitted by banks on a panel, based on the banks' estimated borrowing costs. More than $800 trillion in securities and loans are linked to Libor, including $350 trillion in swaps and $10 trillion in loans, including auto and home loans, according to the CFTC. No other banks or individuals have been charged with wrongdoing. Banks that have disclosed they are being investigated include Citigroup Inc., C +3.72% Deutsche Bank AG, DBK.XE +2.02% HSBC Holdings HBC +1.00% PLC, J.P. Morgan...
  • Poll: Do you support Obama’s new policy offering 2-year immunity from deportation...

    06/16/2012 11:57:41 AM PDT · by South40 · 32 replies
    Do you support the Obama Administration’s new policy offering 2-year immunity from deportation for young undocumented immigrants? Poll Here Scroll down on right
  • Obama immigration plan may spare 800,000 from deportation

    06/15/2012 12:04:06 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 90 replies
    ctv ^ | Friday Jun. 15, 2012 1:27 PM ET
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration will stop deporting and begin granting work permits to younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives. The election-year initiative addresses a top priority of an influential Latino electorate that has been vocal in its opposition to administration immigration policies and a record number of deportations last year. The policy change, announced Friday by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, will affect as many as 800,000 immigrants who have lived in fear of deportation. It bypasses Congress and partially achieves the goals of the so-called DREAM Act,...
  • WSJ: GM Claims Immunity For Its Old Cars

    05/17/2012 6:56:11 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 9 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 16, 2012 | Mike Spector
    AUTOS Updated May 16, 2012, 7:50 p.m. ET GM Claims Immunity For Its Old Cars By Mike Spector GM pushed a lawyer to drop a potential punitive-damages claim involving a prebankruptcy vehicle involved in a fatal accident, asserting a level of immunity in that some lawyers claim is a stretch. A General Motors Co. (GM) lawyer demanded the widow of a car-crash victim drop a plan to seek punitive damages from the auto maker, even though the company's government-brokered overhaul doesn't bar plaintiffs from going after such legal penalties. The GM lawyer in a March 3 email told a lawyer...
  • Climate Fund Seeks UN-Style Diplomatic Immunity

    03/25/2012 9:13:04 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies · 5+ views
    My FOX Phoenix ^ | 22 Mar 2012, 4:42 PM MST | George Russell
    (FOX News) - The Green Climate Fund, which is supposed to help mobilize as much as $100 billion a year to lower global greenhouse gases, is seeking a broad blanket of UN-style immunity that would shield its operations from any kind of legal process, including civil and criminal prosecution, in the countries where it operates. There is just one problem: it is not part of the United Nations.
  • Georgia Judge Refuses to Accept Obama’s ‘Sovereign Immunity’

    01/21/2012 9:00:05 AM PST · by John Semmens · 44 replies · 1+ views
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 21 Jan 2012 | John Semmens
    Georgia Judge Michael Malihi’s refusal to accept President Obama’s lawyers’ demand that he be excused from responding to a subpoenato testify in a hearing questioning his eligibility to appear on that state’s presidential ballot was denounced by Edward Toady, lead attorney for the president on this case. “The president is the sovereign ruler of this country,” Toady asserted. “Where he goes and what he does is solely at his discretion. He does not have to answer to the demands of lower ranking authorities. He has what is called ‘sovereign immunity.’” “On top of this, there is the simple lack of...
  • Penn State May Seek (sovereign) Immunity After Skirting Public Laws

    11/16/2011 6:36:52 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    11/16/11
    Link only - Penn State May Seek Immunity After Skirting Public Laws
  • Source found for immune system effects on learning, memory

    10/26/2011 3:52:34 PM PDT · by decimon · 10 replies
    Duke University ^ | October 26, 2011
    DURHAM, N.C. - Immune system cells of the brain, which scavenge pathogens and damaged neurons, are also key players in memory and learning, according to new research by Duke neuroscientists. Earlier studies by Staci Bilbo, an assistant professor in psychology & neuroscience, had shown that laboratory rats experiencing an infection at an early age have an aggressive immune response to subsequent infections, which also harms their learning and memory. In a study published in the Oct. 26 Journal of Neuroscience, Bilbo's team identifies the source of the learning difficulties and traces it back to the immune system itself. The researchers...
  • Trial lawyer payoffs axed

    08/24/2011 12:42:13 PM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | 8/23/11 | David Freddoso
    Here’s a tip for you: Listening to really, really loud sounds over long periods of time can damage your hearing. Perhaps you already knew that. But a few years back, a group of clever trial lawyers decided they could make some serious money by arguing in court that you are too stupid to know it yourself. They filed 26 consumer-fraud lawsuits in multiple states against Motorola and other manufacturers of Bluetooth headsets. They alleged that consumers were not warned sufficiently about the dangers, and that they “would not have purchased their Bluetooth headsets but for defendants’ false advertising.” That led...
  • States negotiating immunity for banks over foreclosures

    07/20/2011 9:11:31 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 13 replies
    Reuters/YahooNews ^ | 7/20/11 | Scot J. Paltrow
    State attorneys general are negotiating to give major banks wide immunity over irregularities in handling foreclosures, even as evidence has emerged that banks are continuing to file questionable documents. A coalition of all 50 states' attorneys general has been negotiating settlements with five of the biggest U.S. banks that would include payment of up to $25 billion in penalties and commitments to follow new rules. In exchange, the banks would get immunity from civil lawsuits by the states, as well as similar guarantees by the Justice Department and Department of Housing and Urban Development, which have participated in the talks.
  • SSI: Tampa agents ready to come in from the cold.

    07/14/2011 6:00:09 PM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    sipseystreetirregulars ^ | 14 July, 2011 | Mike Vanderboegh
    At ARFcom, Nolo Contendere, who does heroic work mirroring all the news reports of the growing Gunwalker Scandal writes: To all the agents that are wrestling with what to do, whether to become a whistle-blower or whatnot.... do it. Come forward. WE NEED YOU NOW MORE THAN EVER. If you want, I can get you in touch with the right people, or you can go straight to Grassley/Issa's committees yourself. Do not wait, do it now. You owe it to Brian Terry. Your higher-ups WILL turn on you, and you do NOT want to be carrying the water for these...
  • Andrew Klavan: Michele Bachmann Makes a Gaffe!!!

    07/14/2011 5:03:24 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 15 replies
    YouTube ^ | 14 July 2011 | Andrew Klaven
    Michelle Bachmann is running for president and she's supported by the Tea Party. You know, the "angry" ... "emotional" ... "ugly" middle Americans with "low-sloping foreheads" who believe in constitutional government, lower spending and the rule of law. Let's join our MSM pals and freak out when Bachmann says something so we can let everyone know about it and she won't be elected in 2012. Is this fun or what? VIDEO
  • Atlanta Public School teachers who cooperated in cheating investigation granted immunity

    07/07/2011 3:21:54 AM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    7/06/11
    Link only - Atlanta Public School teachers who cooperated in cheating investigation granted immunity
  • Contract Dispute With United Nations Could Lead to End of Diplomatic Immunity

    05/24/2011 1:38:45 PM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | 5/24/11 | Ed Barnes
    A federal judge in New York has issued an order that could lift the U.N.’s long-recognized diplomatic immunity in the United States involving contract disputes, opening the doors for claims of “hundreds of millions of dollars” against the world body, according to lawyers involved in the case. Following a ruling by Judge P. Kevin Castel, both the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times on Wednesday will publish legal notices on behalf of Kahraman Sadikoglu, a Turkish billionaire businessman who is suing the U.N. Development Program (UNDP) for $150 million. The notices are a legal substitute for the process...
  • Another Holbrooke/Hill Embarassment

    03/23/2009 9:34:51 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies · 915+ views
    weeklystandard.com ^ | March 23, 2009
    According to Richard Holbrooke, Richard Holbrooke is essentially this country's top diplomat -- Hillary Clinton is merely his "pupil. This despite the fact that Holbrooke has hit the trifecta of shady business dealings over the last few years: a member of AIG's board with more than $800,000 in compensation, a managing director at Lehman Brothers, and the recipient of a "Friends of Angelo" loan from Countrywide (that alone was enough to get Jim Johnson thrown under the Obama campaign bus). Now comes another revelation from the New York Times. Despite repeated denials, according to three sources, Holbrooke did offer former...
  • Supreme Court to consider Ashcroft bid for immunity

    10/19/2010 1:39:33 AM PDT · by Palter · 7 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 19 Oct 2010 | Robert Barnes
    The Supreme Court agreed Monday to examine once again the Bush administration's aggressive response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks,saying it will consider whether former attorney general John D. Ashcroft can be sued by a U.S. citizen who claims he was illegally detained and treated as a terrorist. Lower courts have said that Abdullah al-Kidd can press forward with his suit that attempts to hold Ashcroft personally liable for misusing federal laws to hold him without charging that he had broken any laws. Al-Kidd, a onetime University of Idaho football star named Lavoni T. Kidd who converted to Islam...
  • FoxNews: Ethics Panel Says 'Sorry, Charlie, No Deal'

    07/29/2010 2:22:06 PM PDT · by topher · 48 replies · 4+ views
    Fox News ^ | Published July 29, 2010
    ... Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, ranking member on the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, said Rangel was given an opportunity to settle charges during the investigative process, and that time has passed. "Let me be clear that Mr. Rangel under these rules was given opportunities to negotiate a settlement during the investigation. Let me be clear that I did not participate in any attempts to cut a back room deal behind closed doors," McCaul said at the start of a hearing on possible corruption charges. McCaul said it's not lost on any member of the panel that the...
  • Rangel says no plea deal yet to ethics charges

    07/29/2010 11:03:42 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 27 replies · 2+ views
    AP via Chron ^ | 07/29/2010 | LARRY MARGASAK and LAURIE KELLMAN
    WASHINGTON — Veteran New York Rep. Charles Rangel said Thursday there's no deal yet to settle his ethics case and avoid an election-season trial on charges of violating House rules.
  • Breaking-FNC--Rangel has struck a deal

    07/29/2010 9:12:52 AM PDT · by KansasGirl · 127 replies · 4+ views
    FNC | 7/29/10
    Per Foxnews, a local affiliate is reporting Rangel has struck a deal. FNC is working to confirm...
  • Israel and the U.S. Ruling On War Crimes [could have an immediate impact on Israelis]

    06/16/2010 6:18:43 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 10 replies · 280+ views
    Haaretz.com ^ | 14:04 16.06.10 | Haggai Carmon
    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week that under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, not all former foreign officials living in the United States can claim immunity from prosecution in U.S. Courts. Its decision could have an immediate impact on Israelis. In recent years there have been two failed attempts to prosecute Israeli officials in the U.S. In 2007, Palestinians filed a lawsuit against former Shin Bet chief Avi Dichter, claiming he was responsible for the deaths of their relatives after an Israeli plane dropped a one-ton bomb on their Gaza home. A federal court said Dichter had functioned within...
  • CONNECTICUT BILL GIVES TEACHERS A PASS (omits prosecution of public school teachers!)

    04/13/2010 3:25:48 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 12 replies · 455+ views
    Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights ^ | April 13, 2010 | Bill Donohue
    Catholic League president Bill Donohue points out why HB 5473, a bill in Connecticut that eliminates the statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse claims, is inherently discriminatory: Just as we saw with anti-Catholics in Colorado and New York, the "let's-get-the-Church" gang is in full gear in Connecticut. None of those supporting this legislation is interested in combating child sexual abuse: if they were, they would not give public institutions a pass. As it stands, this bill will do absolutely nothing to bring relief to those who have been previously abused by a public school employee. As is the case...
  • Scientists find aging gene is linked to immunity

    04/01/2010 4:46:05 PM PDT · by decimon · 31 replies · 655+ views
    Reuters ^ | Apr 1, 2010 | Kate Kelland
    LONDON (Reuters) – British scientists studying the genetics of aging said on Thursday that experiments on laboratory worms showed that a specific gene is strongly linked to lifespan, immunity and disease resistance. Since the gene, called DAF-16 in worms, is found in many animals and in humans, the finding could open up new ways to affect aging, immunity and resistance in humans, the scientists said. "We wanted to find out how normal aging is being governed by genes and what effect these genes have on other traits, such as immunity," said Robin May of the University of Birmingham, who led...
  • INTERPOL's Explanation for Immunity Doesn't Cut It

    01/09/2010 10:47:04 AM PST · by Welshman007 · 8 replies · 516+ views
    Columbia Conservative Examiner ^ | 1/9/2010 | Anthony G. Martin
    After nearly 3 weeks of complete silence and stonewalling about the Obama executive order granting immunity from U.S. law to INTERPOL, an explanation of sorts was issued yesterday by the secretary-general of the organization, but not from the Obama White House. And the explanation simply doesn't cut it.
  • Did Obama Place INTERPOL Above U.S. Law?

    12/29/2009 2:34:25 PM PST · by BobMcCartyWrites · 10 replies · 1,128+ views
    Bob McCarty Writes ^ | 12-29-09 | Bob McCarty
    After learning recently that President Barack Obama had, on Dec. 17, quietly amended Executive Order 12425, I decided to find out what impact, if any, it might have on Americans. At first blind to the potential ramifications of the amendment, I was startled at what I found once the pieces of this disturbing political puzzle started falling in place.
  • Executive Order 12425

    12/20/2009 9:00:32 PM PST · by American Dream 246 · 109 replies · 9,856+ views
    theobamafile ^ | theobamafile
    EO: AMENDING EXECUTIVE ORDER 12425 DESIGNATING INTERPOL AS A PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 1 of the International Organizations Immunities Act (22 U.S.C. 288), and in order to extend the appropriate privileges, exemptions, and immunities to the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), it is hereby ordered that Executive Order 12425 of June 16, 1983, as amended, is further amended by deleting from the first sentence the words "except those provided by Section 2(c), Section 3, Section 4, Section 5, and...
  • November 19, 2009Brain-eating tribe enriches understanding of mad cow disease

    11/19/2009 6:57:03 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies · 1,229+ views
    The Times(UK) ^ | 11/19/09 | Mark Henderson
    November 19, 2009 Brain-eating tribe enriches understanding of mad cow disease Mark Henderson, Science Editor A cannibalistic ritual in which the brains of dead tribespeople were eaten by their relatives has triggered one of the most striking examples of rapid human evolution on record, scientists have discovered. In the middle of the 20th century the Fore tribe of the Eastern Highlands province of Papua New Guinea was devastated by a CJD-like disease called kuru, which was passed on by mortuary feasts in which the brains of the dead were consumed. Although the practice was banned in the 1950s and kuru...
  • Doctors: Vaccine, not actual flu, best way to give kids immunity

    10/26/2009 6:38:12 PM PDT · by decimon · 2 replies · 364+ views
    BlueCross BlueShield ^ | October 21, 2009 | Elizabeth Weise
    > For those who advocate "natural immunity," is there really a difference between the immunity conferred by getting the flu and that provided by vaccination? They're close, though the nasal-spray type is closer, says Tun-Hou Lee, a professor of virology at the Harvard School of Public Health. There are three "arms" of the immune response, Lee says. The first are antibodies, which are also known as immunoglobulins. Produced by white blood cells, they identify and attack bacteria and viruses. The second are killer T cells, which can tell when a cell has been infected with a virus and then attack...
  • Earlier flu viruses provided some immunity to current H1N1 influenza, study shows

    10/14/2009 12:31:12 PM PDT · by decimon · 13 replies · 990+ views
    University of California - Davis ^ | Oct 14, 2009 | Unknown
    University of California, Davis, researchers studying the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus, formerly referred to as "swine flu," have identified a group of immunologically important sites on the virus that are also present in seasonal flu viruses that have been circulating for years. These molecular sites appear to result in some level of immunity to the new virus in people who were exposed to the earlier influenza viruses. More than a dozen structural sites, or epitopes, in the virus may explain why many people over the age of 60, who were likely exposed to similar viruses earlier in life, carry antibodies...
  • Legal Immunity Set for Swine Flu Vaccine Makers

    09/29/2009 2:35:49 PM PDT · by khnyny · 50 replies · 2,295+ views
    FoodConsumer.org ^ | August 20, 2009
    Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius has not only given immunity to the makers of Tamiflu and Relenza for injuries stemming from their use against swine flu, she has granted immunity to future swine flu vaccines and “any associated adjuvants”. The last time the government embarked on a major vaccine campaign against a new swine flu, thousands filed claims contending they suffered side effects from the shots. This time around, they will have no recourse. The 2006 Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (the PREP Act) allows the DHHS Secretary to invoke almost complete immunity from liability...
  • Diplomatic Immunity Leaves Abused Workers in Shadows

    09/19/2009 8:02:49 PM PDT · by Saije · 2 replies · 562+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 9/19/2009 | Sarah Fitzpatrick
    When Lauro L. Baja Jr. returned to his native Philippines in 2007, he had just finished a four-year stint as ambassador to the United Nations that included two terms as president of the Security Council... Then a three-month episode from his U.N. days returned to haunt him. He was sued by Marichu Suarez Baoanan, who had worked as a maid in New York City for Baja and his wife, Norma Castro Baja. Baoanan, 40, said the Bajas brought her to the United States in 2006 promising to find her work as a nurse. Instead, Baoanan said, she was forced to...
  • Legal Immunity Set for Swine Flu Vaccine Makers

    07/29/2009 3:17:19 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 4 replies · 575+ views
    Ethiopian Review ^ | July 29th | Desta Bishu
    The last time the government embarked on a major vaccine campaign against a new swine flu, thousands filed claims contending they suffered side effects from the shots. This time, the government has already taken steps to head that off. Vaccine makers and federal officials will be immune from lawsuits that result from any new swine flu vaccine, under a document signed by Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, government health officials said Friday. Since the 1980s, the government has protected vaccine makers against lawsuits over the use of childhood vaccines. Instead, a federal court handles claims and decides...
  • Fmr. Italian Pres.: We Paid for Immunity From Terrorist Attacks

    08/18/2008 3:11:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies · 213+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | Nissan Ratzlav-Katz
    (IsraelNN.com) In a letter appearing in the weekend edition of the respected Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, former Italian President Francesco Cossiga revealed that the government of Italy agreed to allow Arab terrorist groups freedom of movement in the country in exchange for immunity from attacks in Italy. Cossiga wrote that the government of the late Prime Minister Aldo Moro reached a "secret non-belligerence pact between the Italian state and Palestinian resistance organizations, including terrorist groups," in the 1970s. According to the former president, it was Moro himself who designed the terms of the agreement with the foreign Arab terrorists....
  • Gator Blood Destroys Deadly Superbugs

    07/01/2008 9:01:06 AM PDT · by null and void · 44 replies · 786+ views
    Scientific Computing ^ | 7/1/08 | Unknown
    Alligator blood could provide a powerful new source of antibiotics for fighting deadly "superbugs" and other infections. Courtesy of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Despite their reputation for attacks on humans and pets, alligators are wiggling their way toward a new role as potential lifesavers in medicine. Biochemists in Louisiana are studying how proteins in gator blood may provide a source of powerful new antibiotics to help fight infections associated with diabetic ulcers, severe burns, and superbugs that are resistant to conventional medication. In a study presented at the 235th national meeting of the American Chemical Society, the researchers presented...
  • Senate Delays Vote on Immunity

    06/27/2008 5:34:59 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 8 replies · 82+ views
    Electronic Frontier Foundation ^ | June 26, 2008 | Tim Jones
    It's official: Thanks to overwhelming grassroots action, and the heroic efforts of Senators Dodd and Feingold, the Senate's vote on whether to grant phone companies immunity from the law for assisting in the President's illegal wiretapping program has been delayed until after July 4th Recess! This is an unexpected reprieve for civil liberties and the rule of law. As recently as last night, the mainstream press was reporting that the immunity bill would see swift and uncontested approval. Senate Leaders emphasized that passing an immunity bill this week was one of their highest priorities. And yet, in the end, the...
  • Obama: I'll Fight To Strip Telecom Immunity From FISA

    06/21/2008 5:01:07 PM PDT · by The_Republican · 27 replies · 187+ views
    CBSNEWS.COM ^ | June 21sth, 2008 | David S Morgan
    (CBS/AP) - Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., issued a statement in support of the House's update of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, but said he would try to strip a provision granting immunity to telecommunication companies when the bill comes to a vote in the Senate next week. The House approved a compromise bill Friday that would set new electronic surveillance rules that would also shield telecoms from lawsuits arising from their participation in the government's warrantless eavesdropping on telephone and computer lines in the United States. The government eavesdropped on American phone and computer lines for almost six years after...
  • Take a chill pill, T cell

    06/20/2008 8:05:03 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 226+ views
    Science News ^ | June 19th, 2008 | Tia Ghose
    A receptor on infection-fighting cells may be a novel target for drugs that fight autoimmune disease. TURNING ON ITSELFAfter mice were made allergic to a protein, researchers injected the same protein into mouse lungs to cause a disease that mimics asthma. The lung tissue of normal mice (left) shows more severe inflammation than that of mice lacking the gene for the DR3 receptor (right). Because DR3 plays a crucial role in immune cells attacking healthy tissue, the receptor may be a target for drugs that treat autoimmune disorders like asthma or multiple sclerosis.Siegel, Françoise Meylan In people with autoimmune diseases...
  • U.S. drops immunity from Iraqi SOFA

    06/18/2008 6:16:12 PM PDT · by BGHater · 16 replies · 190+ views
    UPI ^ | 18 June 2008 | UPI
    The United States dropped demands to give foreign security contractors immunity from Iraqi law in the draft security arrangement with Iraq, officials say. Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari Wednesday told London newspaper The Independent that U.S. officials accepted requests from Iraqi negotiators to drop the immunity demand. There are roughly 160,000 U.S. security contractors working in Iraq, compared with approximately 145,000 U.S. military forces, the newspaper said. Zebari is a staunch supporter of the arrangement, in contrast to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who said negotiations regarding the security deal, formally the status of forces agreement, had "reached a dead...
  • Vitamin D: How Much Is Enough?

    03/09/2008 10:53:32 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 11 replies · 481+ views
    Harvard Public Health Review ^ | Spring/Summer 2007
    While vitamin D’s role in strengthening bones is well established, its links to cancer and immune-system malfunctions have only recently emerged. At the Harvard School of Public Health, nutrition experts say large segments of the population don’t get enough vitamin D and are urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to raise the daily recommended dose, from 400 international units to 800. For an update on what’s known so far about this important nutrient, the Harvard Public Health Review spoke with HSPH Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology Edward Giovannucci. *** Q: What are the documented benefits of vitamin D? A:...