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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!

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Do COVID mRNA vaccines affect menstrual cycles?

Studies show mRNA COVID-19 vaccines can cause small, temporary changes in menstrual cycles, less so than the disease itself. In one research, vaccinated women experienced a minor increase in cycle length that normalized the following month. Another study linked the vaccine to a short-term risk of heavy menstrual bleeding. Despite these effects, the benefits of vaccination against COVID-19 outweigh these temporary menstrual changes.

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DNA in food or vaccines is not going to change your genes

A poll revealed widespread fear of DNA in food and vaccines, leading to calls for mandatory labeling. This pervasive pseudoscience myth suggests that consuming or injecting DNA can alter human genetics. However, DNA from food and vaccines is broken down and does not integrate into human genes. Education on DNA biochemistry counters these fears, explaining that DNA and its four nucleobases (CGAT) are consistent across all life forms, simply coding for proteins. Massive studies on animals fed GMOs and vaccinated humans illustrate no adverse effects from DNA consumption or vaccine administration. Such concerns are scientifically unfounded; eating GMO foods or getting vaccines does not alter or harm one’s DNA.

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Maternal COVID vaccinations are safe for newborns — new study

A large population-based study published in JAMA confirms the safety of maternal COVID-19 vaccinations, showing vaccinated mothers contribute to a lower incidence of adverse neonatal outcomes, such as lower mortality rates and reduced risks of conditions like intracranial hemorrhage and hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. This further supports the benefits of vaccinating pregnant individuals with mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.

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COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy – the CDC now recommends it

The CDC endorses the COVID-19 vaccine for pregnant individuals based on a study showing no significant safety concerns. Research involving 35,691 pregnant participants found typical vaccination symptoms and no evidence of increased risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes. The findings suggest the vaccine’s efficacy and safety during pregnancy, reinforcing its importance for maternal and fetal health.

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January 6 rioter Simone Gold reprimanded by medical board

Simone Gold, a leader of America’s Frontline Doctors, pled guilty to charges from the January 6 insurrection and was sentenced to 60 days in prison plus supervised release. She’s facing legal challenges, including an accusation of unprofessional conduct by the Medical Board of California. Additionally, Gold is accused of misusing funds for personal gain and implicated in a lawsuit concerning a patient’s death involving hydroxychloroquine. She retains her medical licenses in California and Florida.

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Do COVID vaccines cause diabetes? Another anti-vax myth

Anti-vaxxers falsely claim COVID-19 vaccines cause diabetes, ignoring that the virus itself may increase diabetes risk. Diabetes, characterized by high blood sugar, comes in Type 1 (autoimmune) and Type 2 (often lifestyle-related). COVID-19 vaccines can briefly raise blood sugar, a minor issue compared to their protective benefits. No evidence supports vaccines causing diabetes, while COVID-19 has a proven link to the disease.