Fat People Virus

This is pretty amazing. It seems like the practical applications for this virus would be pretty far ranging. Huge, as a matter of fact. AN OBESITY VIRUS? By Sean Henahan, Access Excellence NEW ORLEANS (4/07/97) Is obesity caused by a virus? New virological and biochemical findings could lead to new treatment approaches for obesity, according … Continue reading “Fat People Virus”

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This is pretty amazing. It seems like the practical applications for this virus would be pretty far ranging. Huge, as a matter of fact.

AN OBESITY VIRUS?
By Sean Henahan, Access Excellence
NEW ORLEANS (4/07/97) Is obesity caused by a virus? New virological and biochemical findings could lead to new treatment approaches for obesity, according to reports at the annual meeting of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.

University of Wisconsin researchers report that as many as 15% of obese people carry antibodies to a form of adenovirus (Ad-36) that has been implicated in obesity in other animals. The researchers tested 154 obese and 45 lean human volunteers for the presence of antibodies to Ad-36. He found about 15 percent of the obese volunteers had antibodies to Ad-36 while the lean volunteers showed none.

The antibody-positive obese people had significantly lower cholesterol and triglycerides levels than the antibody-negative obese people, a pattern similar to that seen in animals infected with Ad-36. But the two groups did not differ on any of 29 other measures the researchers compared, including age or family history of obesity. In male patients in particular, the presence of antibodies was associated with a significantly better response to treatment with obesity drugs

Between 80 and 90 million Americans are obese, defined as having a body-mass index of 27 or above. Body mass index is calculated by dividing a person’s weight in kilograms by the square of height in meters. A viral connection to obesity in humans has never been seriously considered before, the researchers noted.

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More Kim Jong Il Fun

Kim Jong Il

Kim Jong Il let famine kill 1.5 million North Koreans because he wouldn’t accept aid from the capitalist pigs (us), and when any surviving citizens tried to flee on a snack run they were shot on sight.

You know, in doing a little research I realized it was Kim Jong Il’s dad that claimed to have invented the toaster. He also had it widely reported that he walked on the moon. Frankly I’m a little disappointed as I thought it was Jong Il not Jong Sung. But lil Kim still gets points for being the most photogenic fun dictator.

Satan?

Satan

COLUMBIA, Md. — The U-shaped street in Columbia was supposed to be named Satin Wood Drive, based on an obscure poem by a whimsical poet. But the devil, it turns out, was in the details.

About 30 years ago, somewhere between the developer’s plans and the county’s official map, a misplaced letter doomed the residents of Satan Wood Drive.

“You almost feel ostracized, like you’re the black sheep of the village,” said Jamie Aycock, 31, an electrical engineer who lives on the block in Hickory Ridge Village. “Sometimes they look at me like I’m a devil worshipper.”

Residents have adopted a variety of coping mechanisms. A priest who lives on the street sprinkles holy water around his house each year. Another man obscures the name by giving it a French pronunciation. Others simply call it S Street.

But patience has run thin, and the residents of Satan Wood Drive are petitioning Howard County for a name change. They have collected signatures and begun to raise money, hopeful their days as the butt of demonic jokes are coming to an end.

Their biggest obstacle has been getting people to take the problem seriously: At a recent town budget hearing, as the residents made their case, the meeting erupted in guffaws. “They wouldn’t think it was so funny if they had to live on the street,” muttered Barbara Chapman, who has lived there for four years.

All the residents on the block seem to have a story about how they came to live on Satan Wood Drive and how they have learned to cope.

The Rev. Duane Johnson understands the problem acutely. The Orthodox priest lives with his wife, Sandy, in a two-story house on the northern end of Satan Wood Drive.

It wasn’t their first choice. His wife didn’t even want to look at it, he explained. But the market was tight, the prices astronomical, and here was the perfect house in a great neighborhood, a minute’s walk from a charming park and community pool.

The Godlight heals the sick

Angel Tech?

When we last checked in on Canadian mad scientist Troy Hurtubise, his Angel Light — a homebrew device that he said could see through walls and stop electronics from working — was the subject of speculation, ridicule and financing (he got $40,000 from the French government for the project). Now the eccentric inventor has upped the ante: According to Hurtubise, his latest toy, the God Light, can make blind men see and lame men walk, and he’s backing up his claims with a $20,000 reward to anyone who can prove him wrong (we’re sure Chirac & Cie. are glad their euros are going to such a worthy cause). Hurtubise says that the God Light, developed with the aid of a German physicist, has already reversed Parkinson’s symptoms in one test subject and shrunk cancer tumors in mice. The device uses 67 lenses and five gases to produce 80,000 lux of full-spectrum light. William Rieken, a PhD candidate at the Chihara Laboratory, at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology, in Osaka, Japan, told Canadian news site BayToday.ca that the God Light will “revolutionize physics and change the understanding of the concepts of science.??? Or, at the very least, it should be able to really light up Hurtubise’s lab during those long, dark Canadian winters.

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Nazitown, Tennessee

Okay, so it’s not really called Nazi town…but check out this story from Yahoo news. I used to be stationed near there back in my USMC days. It’s strange…you would go from the racial mix that is Memphis to lily white Germantown…

GERMANTOWN, Tenn. – Some residents of this upscale Memphis suburb say ordinances have gone to far. The final straw may have been rules proposed about when garage doors can be opened.

Among other directives, the city codes would tell homeowners to open their garage doors only when entering or exiting or for “short periods of time” for cleaning and maintenance.

“I’m in favor of reasonable codes, but I think some of these things go to extremes,” said resident Robert Scallions.

Because of such criticism, officials in this town known for a sharp eye for community decorum have agreed to give the proposals another look before a final vote.

Jean Wallace said she fears town regulators could come down on her because the street address on her house is spelled out in words. The rules would call for numbers only, from 4 to 6 inches tall.

“That seems very strange, especially when the house is 30 years old,” Wallace said. “The builders put them up, and they used to always be like that.”