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Why epidemiological models go wrong: NO ONE EVEN REMOTELY KNOWS HOW VIRUSES SPREAD. A superb paper.

This is one of the best papers for the arrogant, ignorant “modellers” to read. SCIENTISTS SIMPLY DON’T UNDERSTAND VIRUS TRANSMISSION SO WHY ARE THE FOOLS MAKING THEIR RIDUCLOUS MODELS? Cannell, J.J., Zasloff, M., Garland, C.F. et al. On the epidemiology of influenza. Virol J 5, 29 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1186/1743-422X-5-29 https://virologyj.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1743-422X-5-29 KEY FINDINGS Why is influenza both seasonal and ubiquitous and where […]
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Dr. Fauci says 'a booster isn't a luxury' — think of it as the final step in your COVID-19 vaccine regimen

Dr. Richard Schwartz celebrates after receiving his COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine booster on October 6, 2021.Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images Dr. Fauci predicts that Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines may, one day, be considered three shot vaccinations.  That's because the immune system learns better when shots are spaced several months apart. It's possible that "we're not going to see an absolute need to reboost every several months" after that, he said.  Dr. Fauc...
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Dr. Fauci: Stop 'overthinking' boosters — giving every adult an extra shot will keep people out of hospital

Dr. Anthony Fauci directs the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.Alex Wong/Getty Images Dr. Anthony Fauci wants essentially all vaccinated adults to know that "they can go ahead" and get boosted after 6 months. Fauci says there's "confusion out there" about who should get boosted. "Make it really simple."  "The effect of boost is very, very favorable to preventing people from getting infected," Fauci said. Other experts express caution about over-vaccinating young adult...
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Ghostly subatomic particles help scientists peer inside the guts of dangerous volcanoes

An aerial view of the Sakurajima Volcano in Japan's Kagoshima Bay.Jun Asano/Getty Subatomic particles called muons are born from cosmic rays bombarding the atmosphere. Because muons can penetrate objects, scientists are using them to peek inside volcanoes. This technique — called muography — may help experts predict volcanic eruptions, research suggests. Muons are everywhere. Unbeknownst to you, several hundred strike your head every second. These subatomic particles — created when cosmic...
Tags: Japan, Science, News, Trends, Earth, Physics, Egypt, Chile, Italy, Volcanoes, Particle physics, The New York Times, Caribbean, Guadeloupe, Fermilab, Leone


Tea and coffee may be linked to lower risk of stroke and dementia – study

Research looking at 365,000 people aged 50-74 finds moderate consumption could have health benefitsDrinking coffee or tea may be linked with a lower risk of stroke and dementia, according to the largest study of its kind.Strokes cause 10% of deaths globally, while dementia is one of the world’s biggest health challenges – 130 million are expected to be living with it by 2050. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Coffee, Tea, Food, Science, Society, Stroke, Medical Research, Dementia, Alzheimer's


A Texas doctor who was suspended after defending ivermectin as a COVID-19 treatment and criticizing vaccine mandates has resigned

Medical workers and pedestrians cross an intersection outside of the Houston Methodist Hospital on June 09, 2021 in Houston, Texas.Getty Images/Brandon Bell Dr. Mary Bowden of Texas resigned her privileges at Houston Methodist Hospital. Bowden was suspended earlier this week for spreading views on COVID-19 that the hospital said are "harmful to the community." The doctor recently defended the antiparasitic drug ivermectin as a COVID-19 treatment. A Texas doctor who was suspended after she spr...
Tags: Health, Texas, Science, News, Trends, Fda, Houston Chronicle, Bowden, Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston Methodist, COVID-19, Coroanvirus, Houston Texas Getty Images Brandon Bell, Katie Balevic, Mary Bowden


Antibody tests can show whether you need a COVID-19 booster shot, some experts say — but the FDA disagrees

A person undergoes a finger prick blood sample as part of a coronavirus antibody rapid serological test on July 26 2020 in San Dimas, California, 30 miles east of Los Angeles.Robyn Beck / AFP Experts can't agree on whether to use COVID-19 antibody tests to check whether people need a booster shot. The FDA said on May 19 that antibody tests shouldn't be used to test for COVID-19 immunity. But experts told Insider that antibody tests to check COVID-19 protection in vulnerable groups wer...
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Injection of 'dancing molecules' could prevent or reverse paralysis, a new mice study shows

Russian skier Maria Komissarova takes part in a rehabilitation session after being paralyzed in a crash, March 19, 2014, near Munich, Germany.Mitchell Gunn/Getty Images Scientists developed an injection that seems to prevent paralysis in mice with spinal cord injuries. They're hopeful that it could prevent or reverse paralysis in humans as well. The treatment uses "dancing molecules" to repair and regenerate cells. Samuel Stupp didn't expect many surprises inside his lab after a 40-ye...
Tags: Science, News, Drugs, Trends, Munich, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Mice, Spinal Cord Injury, Northwestern University, Samuel, Northwestern, Treatments, Paralysis, Paralyzed, Aria Bendix


A scientist tracking the coronavirus predicts it will keep mutating to avoid the immune response — but at a slower rate than before

A nurse practitioner administers COVID-19 tests in the parking lot at Brockton High School in Brockton, MA under a tent during the coronavirus pandemic on Aug 13 2020David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images The virus causing COVID-19 probably isn't finished mutating, a scientist tracking it said. Mutations might happen less often than before but could help the virus avoid the immune reponse, he said. The virus has been mutating at a slower rate since October 2020, Trevor Bedford, o...
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Authorities in India are planning a new lockdown not to combat COVID-19, but air pollution

India Gate in New Delhi, India, amid smog seen on November 15, 2021.Amal KS/Hindustan Times via Getty Images Pollution levels in New Delhi, India, have been dangerously high these past two weeks. Schools were told to shut for a week from Monday and construction work was banned for three days. The New Delhi government plans to impose compulsory WFH and a weekend lockdown. Authorities in India plan to enforce a new lockdown to combat air pollution in New Delhi, the world's most polluted cap...
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‘A wild west out there’: Russian satellite debris worsens space junk problem

The explosion has increased the chances of a disastrous collision, says a leading astrophysicist, and warns of ‘real environmental problem’US accuses Russia of ‘dangerous’ behaviour after anti-satellite weapons test When Russia fired a missile at one of its own satellites on the weekend, the explosion generated many thousands of pieces of shrapnel that are now zooming around in space at breathtaking speeds.It added to a sizeable volume of debris already in space, intensifying concerns over the r...
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Why does Covid-19 make things smell disgusting? – podcast

Growing numbers of people catching coronavirus are experiencing an unpleasant distortion of smells. Scientists are still unsure what causes this often distressing condition, known as parosmia, where previously enjoyable aromas trigger feelings of disgust. Madeleine Finlay talks to science correspondent Linda Geddes about her own parosmia, and chemist Dr Jane Parker discusses research into why the smell of coffee seems to be a trigger for so many people Continue reading...
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