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Xylitol sugar substitute linked to higher risk of heart attack, stroke


The post reviews a study on xylitol, a sugar substitute, linking it to higher risks of heart attack and stroke. The study examined platelet activity in participants consuming xylitol and found increased cardiovascular risks. The author emphasizes the need for more research and cautions against generalizing these findings to all non-nutritive sweeteners.


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Adult vaccine recommendations beyond flu, COVID — catch up


The article stresses the importance of keeping up-to-date with adult vaccines beyond just flu and COVID-19 shots. It details CDC recommendations for vaccines against RSV, shingles, pneumococcal disease, MMR, and Tdap. Ignoring these can leave adults vulnerable to serious diseases. Vaccination helps prevent disease outbreaks and potentially save lives.


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That BMJ paper — COVID vaccines not linked to excess deaths


A controversial BMJ Public Health paper suggested COVID vaccines led to excess deaths, sparking anti-vaxxer claims. However, BMJ expressed concerns about the study’s quality. The article allegedly misused data, implied causation, and faced severe scientific criticism. BMJ and affiliated institutions are investigating, and retraction is likely forthcoming.


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Vaccines for Children Program — saving thousands of lives


The Vaccines for Children Program (VFC) provides free vaccines to uninsured and underinsured children, drastically reducing preventable diseases and saving lives. Despite issues in rural healthcare access, VFC has been pivotal in lowering mortality rates, distributing over 71.5 million vaccine doses in 2022, and saving 700,000 children’s lives since its inception.


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Tattoos may increase the risk of malignant lymphoma cancer


A recent study from Lund University reveals tattoos increase the risk of malignant lymphoma, showing a 21% higher overall risk compared to non-tattooed individuals. Despite the association, causality isn’t confirmed, and further research is needed. These findings suggest a potential public health concern if future studies corroborate the link between tattoos and lymphomas.


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Donald Trump hates vaccines and it will harm our children


The post outlines concerns about the potential negative impact on vaccine policies if Donald Trump or Robert F. Kennedy Jr. were elected President. It highlights fears that Trump could weaken the CDC, FDA, and the Vaccines for Children Program, leading to decreased vaccine uptake, resurgence of preventable diseases, and increased child mortality.


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Moderna’s mRNA vaccine for RSV approved by the FDA


The FDA has approved Moderna’s mRNA vaccine for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) to prevent serious lung infections, especially in vulnerable populations like infants and older adults. Clinical trials show the vaccine is effective and safe, though concerns and skepticism from anti-vaccine advocates persist. Existing RSV vaccines also show efficacy.


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Bad Appeals Court decision on LAUSD vaccine mandate


On June 7, 2024, the Ninth Circuit Court revived a lawsuit against LAUSD’s COVID vaccine mandate, despite its repeal. The decision acknowledged the plaintiffs’ allegations that the vaccines do not prevent transmission, but anti-vaccine activists misinterpreted this as the court finding COVID vaccines to be treatments. The case could still be deemed moot.


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Christoper Exley whines about placebos and the HPV vaccine


Christopher “Aluminum” Exley criticizes HPV vaccine trials for lacking proper placebos and questions the safety due to aluminum adjuvants. This critique is based on flawed research published in low-impact journals. Extensive, peer-reviewed studies demonstrate the HPV vaccine’s safety, debunking Exley’s and co-author Lucija Tomljenovic’s claims, who have a history of spreading anti-vaccine misinformation.