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Released: 30-Nov-2022 2:50 PM EST
Scientists did not release a zombie plague by reviving a dormant virus, but their warning of a potential public health crisis is legitimate
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A team of researchers uncovered an ancient “pandoravirus” from underneath a frozen lake in Siberia. The virus was found along with others in the Siberian permafrost. Scientists say the viruses could help us prepare for pandemic-level issues as the permafrost thaws.

   
Released: 18-Nov-2022 11:15 AM EST
There’s no evidence that U.S. aid money sent to Ukraine was then used to invest in FTX as a money laundering scheme
Newswise

The news that FTX, the cryptocurrency company, filed for bankruptcy protection amid news it was short billions of dollars has spawned many conspiracy theories being shared on social media.

   
Released: 15-Nov-2022 2:05 PM EST
There is no evidence that “immunity debt” is real, however, the end of COVID-19 mitigation efforts means a higher risk for viral infections
Newswise

Some people believe that public health measures against COVID-19, including masking and social distancing, have resulted in children getting more sick now because of a weakened immune system. Experts disagree about whether “immunity debt” is a real phenomenon or convenient pseudoscience.

Released: 1-Nov-2022 11:35 AM EDT
The addition of the COVID vaccine to the childhood immunization schedule is a recommendation, not a mandate
Newswise

COVID-19 vaccinations effectively reduce severe symptoms, hospitalizations, and death, which is why the Centers of Disease Control’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will vote to add the COVID-19 vaccine to the recommended vaccine schedule for children.

Released: 21-Oct-2022 9:30 AM EDT
Neither Pfizer nor the government ever claimed to have conducted studies on the vaccine's effect on transmission in its original clinical trials
Newswise

Pfizer didn’t claim to have tested its COVID-19 vaccine’s ability to prevent transmission, and this information was clearly available in press releases published by the European Medicines Agency as well as the published study containing results from Pfizer’s clinical trials.

Released: 14-Oct-2022 3:55 PM EDT
Recent news of recovery in the Great Barrier Reef brings hope, but climate change-induced ocean warming is still causing massive bleaching of coral
Newswise

Good news in the report about the recovery of coral in Australia's Great Barrier Reef. However, this news is not a reason for dismissing the severe effect that climate change-induced ocean warming is bringing to coral reefs in the GBR and throughout the world, says Prof.

Released: 11-Oct-2022 3:35 PM EDT
Do Colonoscopies Save Lives?
Fight Colorectal Cancer

The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a study that suggests the benefits of colonoscopies for cancer screening may be overestimated. Media reports around this new study may be misleading. National nonprofits Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC) and Colon Cancer Coalition are united in ensuring that the colorectal cancer (CRC) community and those who are eligible for screening understand that getting screened for CRC does save lives.

Released: 7-Oct-2022 8:55 AM EDT
Climate change does not cause hurricanes, but it is very likely climate change caused Hurricane Ian to be more destructive
Newswise

While towns across Florida and the Carolinas are cleaning up in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian and the death toll climbs, several high profile climate change skeptics are questioning the connection between the hurricane and human-caused climate change.

Released: 30-Sep-2022 11:50 AM EDT
Yes, coffee can help you live longer and protect you from cardiovascular disease, with a few caveats
Newswise

The possible health benefits of coffee have been percolating in the news for years: Coffee can lower your risk for diabetes, coffee may protect against disease and even some cancers, etc. More recently, headlines claim that coffee can extend your life or reduce cardiovascular disease risk. Good news, coffee lovers. The claim is mostly true.

Released: 26-Sep-2022 9:40 AM EDT
The COVID pandemic is over? Not quite there, say scientists
Newswise

With the rollout of boosters of life-saving vaccines, new treatments, and a large population already infected, the U.S. is in a less vulnerable place than it was in 2020. However, the death toll, while lower than before, is still at around 400 deaths per day from COVID-19 in the U.S.


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