Ed Cara
Born and raised in NYC, Ed covers public health, disease, and weird animal science for Gizmodo. He has previously reported for the Atlantic, Vice, Pacific Standard, and Undark Magazine.

There are few cases iirc where no THC link is readily clear (if you assume where all patients were upfront about their use, which maybe some weren’t!). And e-cigarettes have rarely been linked to acute illness even before EVALI. But yes, you’re right

Yeah, there’s some common shared things that could easily explain part of the connection, like just never having the time and money to get good health care. Generally, though, and in this study too, they do try to control for factors like socioeconomic status. What they’re saying here is that some effect remains even Read more

If this was literally the only source of this international story, I might agree with you on holding off. But as I’m not, at least I can provide context for people who are seeing this news—the context being that it’s unvetted and that other sources of data don’t point to a huge problem overall. 

Gonna be honest here. I think that’s a very weird reading to make, and it’s clear what the hed is referring to within the first two sentences of the article, which is generally skeptical of the doom narrative anyway. But I did ask for a change to make it clearer still.

That’s the smart bet, yeah, but still, food isn’t usually a conduit for its spread and contaminated water’s more a threat in rural areas with poor sanitation. Just a lot of ?? at this point

Sinovac/pharm have had lowered efficacy against illness than initial trials indicated, yes, but they still seem to substantially reduce risk of hospitalization/death, per WHO: https://www.who.int/news/item/01-06-2021-who-validates-sinovac-covid-19-vaccine-for-emergency-use-and-issues-interim-policy-recommendations Read more

Yep, totally right there. Thanks for catching!

Delta is serious, yes..but absolutely no to the idea that it will put us to square one. Pfizer and presumably Moderna remain highly effective at preventing illness from it, and both it and AstraZeneca remain good at preventing hospitalization, from all the data available. Read more

The warmer weather allowing for less indoor contact and natural immunity mainly. The pandemic has always come in ebbs and flows, but the vaccines are playing a big part of stopping cases from getting back up.

Simply one of many links that came up that referenced the nature of AE being similar to cancer in some ways, though, yes, I stay away from Medical Hypotheses as a primary source. Read more

Well aware of that, but this is like getting mad at someone for referencing a nickname someone else came up with. It’s been called the parasite cancer by scientists who study it! https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306987720302292#!

It isn’t just the tumor part that’s cancer-esque. It’s a slow-growing mass of cells that requires surgery and/or chemotherapy (albeit, antiparasitic drugs, not cancer drugs) to treat and has many clinical signs and symptoms that resemble liver cancer. Obviously, it’s not cancer, because it’s not our own cells Read more

You’re right! And you actually made me realize that I meant to reference both vaccines, not just Sinopharm; have fixed text accordingly. Thanks

Thanks for catching! Have fixed

A good rule of thumb is that antibody-based drugs will have “mab” attached to the end, short for “monoclonal antibody.” 

The above description is totally right, but they are indeed also called analogs (or analogues outside of the US). That’s because they do mimic these natural peptides (called incretins), but they’re also agonists because they bind to and activate the GLP-1 receptors. Given the breaking news nature, just didn’t feel a Read more

As both this article and the original noted, other scientists have figured that some amount of spinning is involved in sperm motion, and that the 2D movement we can see easily isn’t the whole picture. But I don’t think there’s a firm consensus on what the full spectrum of sperm motion looks like, and that’s what’s Read more