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Ed Cara
edcara
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.

I have to disagree with that last dig at cats. Many cats will bring home a dead mouse or bird and present it to their human, or leave a half-eaten mouse on their pillow. If that’s not sharing their kill, I don’t know what is. Read more

They were careful not to attribute dementia to tooth loss, but suggested ways in which the two could be related. Other studies have shown a relationship between gum disease and somatic conditions caused by persistent inflammation.
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There is a lot to unpack here, so I apologize for writing a post nearly as long as the article. Read more

Thanks, I think the new one is much clearer.

First the Wakefield/autism paper, and now this.  Scientists pay attention when a paper gets retracted, and understand what it means, but the general public doesn’t.  The genie never goes back into the bottle.

The bullshit answer from MDPI is one of the most egregious CYA responses I’ve ever seen. I wouldn’t have accepted in my reporting days and I would expect to be fired as a spokesflak if I tried something like that.
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Ed, what about if instead of taking a vaccine that has gone through rigorous trials I take some dewormer for horses (it’s the apple flavor) instead?

I’m not sure your math works out. The vaccines are working. They ARE keeping cases mild, hence why there were only 1,200 fully vaccinated people hospitalized. You can’t just throw out all the vaccinated people who got mild cases when calculating the death rate.

I was jokingly saying this to my wife a month or so ago that I felt like with being so much less stressed working from home that I don’t have as many gray hairs as I used to. I was semi-serious but just figured it was me getting used to the gray hairs, but maybe not I guess!

Any foreign body runs the risk of infection and bacteria can seed the site years after it is placed. Any time you make a hole in the skin there is a risk of bleeding or infection. All procedures can have complications and any physician who tells you that a specific procedure doesn’t is lying to you. Any physician who Read more

Per the CDC, “symptoms may mimic those of liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver.” go fight with them.
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On the bright side, they bring their own masks...?

“When you’re trying to figure out the harms or benefits of any drug or substance, it’s best to look at the big picture, not just a single study, especially since most food studies can only show a correlation between two things, not a direct cause-and-effect relationship.” Read more

This is really great news. Back in 2019, my son spent the summer working at a wolf refuge in Colorado and I know that this is something that they were discussing and hoping would eventually happen.

You were right the first time. Semaglutide is a analogue of GLP-1, being 94% homologous to the GLP-1 peptide, with three structural differences that provide improved pharmacokinetics (Kalra et al, Diabetes Ther., 2020). Analogues are need not be exactly the same as the peptide they are targeting; in fact, we often Read more

And I thought it was because, as a side effect, the sharks got smarter and ate Samuel L. Jackson while he was giving a rousing speech.

Who failed Lucio out of guide dog school? I just want to talk.

Okay, so there’s ANOTHER retraction coming up.

researchers apologized that they should have seen this cumming.