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Long COVID may decrease IQ by up to nine points

A study published by the New England Journal of Medicine has found that long COVID can impair cognitive function, equating to a loss of up to six IQ points in those with symptoms lasting over 12 weeks. The research highlights the uncertainty over the long-term implications of such deficits, which could be particularly serious for patients who were in the ICU with COVID-19 and suffered a larger cognitive decline. The study did not establish individual cognitive declines pre-COVID, which the accompanying editorial suggests is a significant limitation that requires further investigation.

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COVID misinformation campaigns are very profitable

A Washington Post report reveals that anti-vaccine groups profited from COVID-19 misinformation, raising over $118 million from 2020 to 2022. Pre-pandemic revenue was dwarfed as groups like Children’s Health Defense and ICAN increased fundraising efforts and salaries for executives like RFK Jr and Del Bigtree. These organizations have promoted false narratives about COVID-19 vaccines and unsupported treatments, such as ivermectin, posing public health risks and undermining vaccine mandates for children’s diseases.

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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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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.