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MedicalConspiracies- Merck's Ebola Vaccine, A Christmas Gift for the World: Really?

Wednesday, December 28, 2016
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Merck's Ebola Vaccine, A Christmas Gift for the World: Really?
Published December 27, 2016 | Editorial Bias
The media is in a tizzy over the recent trial results of Merck's experimental Ebola vaccine, rVSV-ZEBOV (recombinant Vesicular Stomatitis Virus-Zaire Ebola Virus). "New Ebola Vaccine Gives 100 Percent Protection," reads a headline in The New York Times. The headline in Science Alert sounds even more conclusive... "It's Official: We Finally Have An Ebola Vaccine That's Up to 100% Effective." Forbes is positively joyous with its "A Christmas Gift For The World. Ebola Vaccine Is 100% Effective In Early Trial."

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Should Doctors Lose Their License Over a Difference of Opinion?
Published December 24, 2016 | Bioethics
The art of medicine. It's the cornerstone of medical practice. If medicine were all science, and only science, then we wouldn't need human beings as doctors. We could just use computers. Or robots. They'd probably do better if medicine were simply the act of decision-making based purely on facts. How much easier would medicine be if we could just type every symptom we have into a computer and have it spit out a diagnosis? And a treatment. Maybe throw in an automated scan or two, a pinprick for blood analysis. 

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Two Children Die After Polio Vaccination, Four in Critical Condition in Pakistan
Published December 27, 2016 | Risk & Failure Reports
Two children in the Tehsil Bara area of the Khyber Agency tribal region in Pakistan reportedly died last week "moments" after receiving the live oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV). Another 11 children, who had been administered the vaccine in Tehsil Bara, fell unconscious and were taken to Hayatabad hospital in the city of Peshawar. Four of the 11 children remain in critical condition. Al-though the two dead children, identified as Abu Bakar and Musa, died after getting the live oral polio vaccine that has not been given to children in the U.S since the late...

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Scapegoating Anti-Vaxxers for the Mumps Outbreaks: How Predictable
Published December 23, 2016 | Editorial Bias
Wanna see an example of superbly unscientific, un-referenced, and ridiculous-ly biased opinion writing? Take a look at Steven Salzburg's piece in Forbes magazine titled "Anti-Vax Movement To Blame For Quad-rupling Of Mumps Cases This Year". It's a doozy, particularly given that Salzburg himself (in the comment section) writes: "[T]he evidence is not yet in, so I admit that I'm being a bit speculative..." Ah, that pesky little evidence thing. Why wait for it when you can just speculate a bit and simply dec-lare that it's all the fault of the anti-vaxxers?

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Sisters Sue Over HPV Vaccine-The Doctors
Published December 28, 2016 | Best in Video
Two sisters, ages 19 and 20, are suing the makers of an HPV vaccine. So, these two sisters, Madelyn and Olivia, are claiming that they took the Gardasil vaccine and it made them infertile. So, about six years ago we received our first Gardasil vaccination. I was 13 and I was 14 years old. The Gardasil vaccine was supposed to prevent cervical cancer. I had a period, it was an irregular period, when I was 13 years old, prior to the vaccination.

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