A Faked Study Linking Vaccines And Autism Is Being Eviscerated by Scientists

A Faked Study Linking Vaccines And Autism Is Being Eviscerated by Scientists

Controversy has erupted over a scientific paper that is being retracted after it was attacked for being 'antivax pseudoscience' and found to contain manipulated, false data… which has now gone mysteriously AWOL. The research, published last month, suggested aluminium contained in vaccine adjuvants could trigger biological responses in mice "consistent with those in autism", but it didn't take long for scientific commentators to tear the paper apart.

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Pre-sex HIV drug ‘no-brainer’ for NHS

Pre-sex HIV drug 'no-brainer' for NHS

A drug to dramatically cut the risk of HIV infection during sex would save the UK around £1bn over the next 80 years, say scientists. The team at University College London says Prep, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a "no-brainer" for the NHS. The study predicts that giving Prep to men who have sex with men would prevent one in four HIV cases.

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Bad Blood? Why transfusions from women may be risky for men.

Bad Blood? Why transfusions from women may be risky for men.

Getting blood from a woman who has ever been pregnant could be risky for men, a new study from the Netherlands suggests. The findings are provocative and may, if true, have significant clinical implications, as well as affect the blood donation process and the use of blood in transfusions,

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Straw Man Arguments: How to Recognize, How to Counter, and When to Use Them Yourself

Straw Man Arguments: How to Recognize, How to Counter, and When to Use Them Yourself

A straw man argument is a debate technique where a person pretends to refute his opponent’s argument, while actually refuting an argument that is only superficially similar to the original one. For example, if person A were to say “we should improve the public healthcare system”, person B might reply with “I find the fact that you want to give a lot of money to large pharmaceutical corporations very suspicious”.

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Schizophrenia disrupts the brain’s entire communication system, researchers say

Schizophrenia disrupts the brain’s entire communication system, researchers say

Some 40 years since CT scans first revealed abnormalities in the brains of schizophrenia patients, international scientists say the disorder is a systemic disruption to the brain’s entire communication system. The study, published in the Nature journal Molecular Psychiatry on Oct. 17, sets the stage for future research on the debilitating mental illness that, according to the World Health Organization, affects more than 21 million people worldwide.

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You can exercise yourself to death, says new study

You can exercise yourself to death, says new study

Too much exercise can kill you, scientists have revealed. White men who work out at least seven-and-a-half hours a week are nearly twice as likely to suffer from heart disease than those who do a moderate amount, a new study shows. Researchers in Chicago compared 25-year exercise patterns and made the surprising discovery that very active white men are 86 percent more likely to experience a buildup of plaque in the heart arteries by middle age.

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Viruses discovered a century ago may be our best defence against a threat that could kill 10 million people a year by 2050

Viruses discovered a century ago may be our best defence against a threat that could kill 10 million people a year by 2050

Antibiotic resistance is a growing threat around the world. So some drugmakers are starting to turn to other solutions, including one that’s actually had a fairly long history: phage therapy.

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