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Michael Simpson

Lifetime lover of science, especially biomedical research. Spent years in academics, business development, research, and traveling the world shilling for Big Pharma. I love sports, mostly college basketball and football, hockey, and baseball. I enjoy great food and intelligent conversation. And a delicious morning coffee!

COVID-19 mRNA vaccines appendicitis

mRNA COVID vaccines are not associated with appendicitis

Initial concerns suggested a potential link between mRNA COVID-19 vaccines and appendicitis, with Pfizer’s Phase 3 trial indicating slightly higher incidences of appendicitis following vaccination. However, a new study conducted by Denmark’s University of Southern Denmark, utilizing national Danish registry data, found no significant association between the vaccines and appendicitis. This affirms a previous interim analysis also finding an absence of correlation.

Steve Kirsch vaccine debate

Steve Kirsch wants a vaccine debate — science doesn’t debate

The author declines a debate with tech bro Steve Kirsch on vaccine safety, arguing science isn’t subject to debate, and Kirsch lacks evidence to support his anti-vaccine claims. The writer emphasizes that thousands of experts in relevant scientific disciplines have solid evidence regarding vaccine safety. They denounce Kirsch’s usage of virulent misinformation and pseudoscience and view the proposed debate as a futile exercise, not needing or wanting any part in this pseudo-debate.

long vax

Long vax — rare neurologic syndrome after COVID vaccines

A newly published paper highlights that individuals experiencing rare but prolonged adverse effects from the COVID-19 vaccine often exhibit neurological symptoms, a phenomenon termed “long vax”. Despite anti-vaccine activism seizing this study as leverage, the study reaffirms the vaccine’s safety as “long vax” occurrence is significantly lower compared to long COVID-19.

We Want Them Infected

Review of the book “We Want Them Infected” by Jonathan Howard

“We Want Them Infected,” by Jonathan Howard, critically analyzes the US response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The book scrutinizes how doctors spread misinformation, the harm of mass infection policies, and the controversial concept of herd immunity. It is praised for its rigorous research, insights into future virus management, and comprehensive critique of pandemic handling.