Why people believe the Earth is flat and we should listen to anti-vaxxers | Elfy Scott

Science communication has lost its sense of empathy and misunderstands how fear can alter a person ’s belief systemThe internet, as we are all patently aware by this point, is awash with some incredible nonsense. In recent years, some of that nonsense has managed to gain a disturbing amount of traction: the anti-vaxxer movement, a religious belief in alternative medicine, the flat Earth theory, and even astrology have all experienced a tremendous surge of interest and support in online spheres.Inevitably, this means that these belief systems have become all the more apparent in our real-world social interactions and sometimes it takes the good grace of social intelligence to resignedly agree with co-workers that perhaps a tumultuous month is, in fact, largely due to Pisces Season.Continue reading...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: Science Alternative medicine Health & wellbeing Vaccines and immunisation Source Type: news

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Rationale: Electroacupuncture is commonly used for treating nerve injury. However, studies published in recent years have not described an appropriate method for accurately identifying the location and depth of injured nerves beneath the acupoints. Patient concerns: A 26-year-old male patient had left shoulder pain and weakness after tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis vaccination and was diagnosed with idiopathic brachial neuritis 24 months before this study. The patient had undergone prednisone and ibuprofen treatment in another hospital, but the therapeutic effect was poor and limited. Diagnoses: The nerve conduc...
Source: Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Clinical Case Report Source Type: research
Kay B. Barnes1†, Karleigh A. Hamblin1†, Mark I. Richards1, Thomas R. Laws1, Andreas Vente2, Helen S. Atkins1,3,4 and Sarah V. Harding1* 1Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Salisbury, United Kingdom 2MerLion Pharmaceuticals, Berlin, Germany 3University of Exeter, Exeter, United Kingdom 4London School of Hygiene &Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom The efficacy of the novel fluoroquinolone finafloxacin was evaluated as a potential therapeutic in vitro and in vivo, following an intranasal infection of Francisella tularensis strain SchuS4 in BALB/c mice. We demonstrated that short t...
Source: Frontiers in Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Source Type: research
Abstract Upper respiratory symptoms are often treated with over the counter drugs, antibiotics, and antiviral medications. Due to concerns about safety and efficacy, there is a demand for an alternative solution. Black elderberry (Sambucus nigra) has been used to treat cold and flu symptoms, but there are no large-scale studies or meta-analyses. This meta-analysis quantifies the effects of elderberry supplementation and evaluates moderators including vaccination status and the underlying pathology. This analysis included a total of 180 participants and evaluates moderators such as vaccination status and cause of t...
Source: Complementary Therapies in Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Complement Ther Med Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 2 January 2018Source: The SurgeonAuthor(s): Ben Li, Thomas L. Forbes, John ByrneAbstractEvidence-based medicine, first described in 1992, offers a clear, systematic, and scientific approach to the practice of medicine. Recently, the non-evidence-based practice of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has been increasing in the United States and around the world, particularly at medical institutions known for providing rigorous evidence-based care. The use of CAM may cause harm to patients through interactions with evidence-based medications or if patients choose to forego evidence-...
Source: The Surgeon - Category: Surgery Source Type: research
ConclusionsThis is the first study conducted to investigate the social-demographic characteristics and perception of parental CVRH in Turkey. The beliefs “It may be dangerous for the children” and “Distrust the vaccines” were the most determined factors which may affect CVRH. Some child health protective strategies were less undertaken in CVRH group than in controls; including heel stick test, hearing test, using baby car seat and using of Vi tamin D and iron prophylaxis. The parents who have CVRH intentions tend to behave irresponsibly in care of their children.
Source: Indian Journal of Pediatrics - Category: Pediatrics Source Type: research
EO, a visitor writing in the Comment section of Volume 86 of this thread title has set the stage for further discussion-- particularly the way male patients are treated within the medical system. I thought his narrative would be appropriate to start this Volume. ..Maurice.Graphic: My composition using ArtRage and appearing as the graphic on the thread "Order vs Chaos in Medical Practice"At Sunday, May 06, 2018 3:55:00 PM,  Though I am encouraged that many of the contributors to this blog have become activists as regards affording male clients (patients) the same rights as female clients when it com...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs
CONCLUSION: As health professionals are a highly trusted source of vaccine information, communicating the consensus of belief among GPs/doctors that vaccines are safe may help provide reassurance for parents who ask about vaccine safety. However, the lower level of vaccine confidence among midwives is a matter of concern that may have negative influence on parental perceptions of vaccinations. PMID: 29723180 [PubMed - in process]
Source: New Zealand Medical Journal - Category: General Medicine Tags: N Z Med J Source Type: research
The TWiVumvirate discuss the giant Tupanvirus, with the longest tail in the known virosphere, and dampened STING dependent interferon activation in bats. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan Dove, Kathy Spindler, and Brianne Barker Become a patron of TWiV! Links for this episode ASM Microbe 2018 Tailed giant Tupanvirus (Nat Commun) Soda Lakes (Wikipedia) Dampened STING in bats (Cell Host Microbe) Image credit Letters read on TWiV 484 Weekly Science Picks Kathy - How to read a phylogenetic tree Brianne - No immune overload for vaccines Dickson - Flowchart of viral families Alan - Le...
Source: This Week in Virology - MP3 Edition - Category: Virology Authors: Source Type: podcasts
In this study, we systematically evaluated the effects of resveratrol dry suspension (RDS) on immune function in piglets that were treated with different doses of RDS for 2 weeks. The results showed that the RDS has significant effects on the development, maturation, proliferation, and transformation of T lymphocytes. RDS could regulate humoral immune responses by upregulating the release of IFN-γ and downregulating the release of TNF-α. After piglets were vaccinated against classical swine fever virus and foot-and-mouth disease virus, the antibody titers were significantly increased. RDS treatment showed an ex...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: Empirically selected Arsenicum album 30cH could not produce differentiable effect from placebo in preventing febrile episodes following DPT-HepB-Polio vaccination. [Trial registration: CTRI/2017/02/007939]. PMID: 29458932 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Complementary Therapies in Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Complement Ther Med Source Type: research
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