Health Headlines, September 2015

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Pregnancy and Related

Are miscarriages being diagnosed too early? Experts say doctors ‘should wait longer to confirm fears or risk terminating healthy babies’

Breast is NOT best – when it comes to IQ: Children who are breastfed ‘are no more intelligent than those who are bottle fed’

Cancer treatment DOESN’T harm an unborn baby: Pregnant women advised not to delay treatment after study finds chemo and radiotherapy are not unsafe

Vaccines

Boggling flu hoax: not for prime-time news:

Here’s the exact quote from Peter Doshi’s BMJ review, “Influenza: marketing vaccines by marketing disease” (BMJ 2013; 346:f3037):

“…even the ideal influenza vaccine, matched perfectly to circulating strains of wild influenza and capable of stopping all influenza viruses, can only deal with a small part of the ‘flu’ problem because most ‘flu’ appears to have nothing to do with influenza. Every year, hundreds of thousands of respiratory specimens are tested across the US. Of those tested, on average 16% are found to be influenza positive.

“…It’s no wonder so many people feel that ‘flu shots’ don’t work: for most flus, they can’t.”

How Plumbing (Not Vaccines) Eradicated Disease

New Jersey girl, 5, dies of bacterial meningitis despite having been vaccinated: “Shannon said that although Lilyana had been vaccinated against bacterial meningitis, she was not protected against streptococcus pneumonia – the strain that infected her.

Tetanus, the Grinning Death

Trump: vaccines made one of my employees’ children autistic

Miscellaneous

Have scientists found a cure for seasickness? Gadget that applies mild electric current to the scalp ‘could eradicate nausea’

Now butter ISN’T better than marg: Advice U-turn after scientists find reducing saturated fat DOES slash the risk of heart disease

 

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