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Measles is vaccine-preventable, yet it is coming back

Measles, a highly contagious respiratory disease, is making a resurgence due to reduced vaccination levels influenced by myths and misinformation, including debunked claims linking the MMR vaccine to autism. This safe and effective vaccine prevents not only measles but also severe complications like pneumonia and encephalitis. Despite its rarity in recent decades due to widespread vaccination, current complacency among parents poses risks, underscoring the importance of maintaining high immunization rates to protect public health.

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Vitamin K shots for newborns — it’s safe, effective, and important

The anti-vaccine movement often rejects not only vaccines like hepatitis B but also crucial vitamin K shots for newborns, citing unfounded safety concerns. Vitamin K is essential for blood coagulation, preventing potentially fatal bleeding disorders in infants like Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding (VKDB). Since newborns have low vitamin K levels and insufficient gut bacteria to produce it, and because breast milk contains low vitamin K, the shot, which has been safely used since 1961, is strongly recommended. Myths around its safety, including concerns about synthetic ingredients and jaundice, are largely debunked by medical professionals.

New study shows that eating red meat has no impact on health

A comprehensive analysis in “Grilling the data” investigates the impact of red meat on mortality, examining over 1000 statistical methods across 15 studies. Existing data yields contradictory results, from significant reductions to increases in mortality risks. This study, however, concludes that red meat consumption neither significantly decreases nor increases early death risk, suggesting no substantial health impact from eating red meat per current findings.

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Another mRNA vaccine cancer treatment — Epstein-Barr virus

The FDA has approved an investigational new drug (IND) application for a novel mRNA therapeutic cancer vaccine, targeting Epstein-Barr virus-positive solid tumors and hematoma in adults. This vaccine, developed by WestGene Biotech, is intended for clinical trials under the name WGc-043 and is designed to enhance immune responses against specific cancer-associated antigens, potentially improving treatment outcomes. The vaccine is not yet approved for general use but is currently undergoing a phase 1 clinical trial in China.

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COVID still has a higher mortality risk than the flu

A recent JAMA study by Ziyad Al-Aly and colleagues using data from over 11,000 hospitalized patients during 2023-24 shows COVID-19 has a 35% higher mortality risk than influenza. Despite frequent mutations of SARS-CoV-2, COVID remains significantly more lethal and causes more hospitalizations than the flu. This undercuts claims that COVID-19 is comparable to influenza in severity.

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H5N1 avian influenza spilling over to cows and cats

A CDC report indicates H5N1 avian influenza is transmitting from birds to domestic cattle and cats, with potential cow-to-cow transmission noted. Such developments suggest new transmission pathways to humans, especially through consumption of raw milk. The study underscores the virus’s spread in affected cattle herds and a high incidence of severe disease and mortality in cats exposed to infected milk. Consequently, caution is advised against consuming raw milk and exposing cats to it.

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Study shows that olive oil reduces risk of dementia mortality

A study in JAMA Network Open by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health analyzed over 92,000 participants, finding that consuming at least 7 grams of olive oil daily could reduce dementia-related death risk by 28%. Replacing margarine and mayonnaise with olive oil also showed a reduced risk. The findings suggest that olive oil intake is beneficial for cognitive health, independent of overall diet quality.

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New COVID variants entering the USA — all about FLiRT

The CDC is monitoring new COVID variants called FLiRT, with strains KP.2 and KP.1.1 now prevalent in the USA. These variants are highly transmissible and may not be effectively countered by current vaccines due to mutations on the spike protein. Symptoms resemble those of earlier strains, but the increased transmission and potential vaccine resistance make them a significant concern, prompting considerations for updated vaccines.

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Mothers protect their newborns with 3 doses of COVID vaccine

A study involving 220 pregnant women found that administering three doses of the mRNA COVID vaccine significantly enhanced protective antibodies in both mothers and newborns, compared to just two doses. The CDC supports COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy due to its efficacy and safety, underscoring the vaccine’s role in safeguarding maternal and fetal health without safety concerns, even in the third trimester.

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Cancer cures and alternative medicine — not much here

The content discusses the ineffectiveness and dangers of alternative medicine in treating cancer, emphasizing that such “cures” are not backed by scientific evidence and often provide false hope. A significant study highlighted in JAMA Oncology demonstrated that patients opting for alternative treatments had poorer survival rates compared to those undergoing evidence-based cancer therapies. The post iterates that genuine cancer treatments are based on robust scientific research and are continually improving, contributing to the ongoing decline in cancer mortality rates. Alternative medicine is critiqued for exploiting patient fears and showing no real efficacy in curing cancer, emphasizing the importance of adhering to scientifically validated treatments.