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Great coronavirus vaccine news

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A press release earlier today from Pfizer – details to be released in study form soon – claims that their Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine was “highly effective” in a trial in more than 2,000 adolescents. Which is a major under-statement, I think, since there were no infections in the group of adolescents who received the vaccine […]

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Often it’s best to start with a placebo

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Even if you know it’s a placebo. In a very interesting randomized study by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC)  in the US and published in the journal PAIN, nearly three-quarters of people with moderate to severe irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) who got a placebo still reported “clinically meaningful improvements in their IBS symptoms”, […]

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New world order

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We no longer refer to diabetics – they are people with diabetes, and asthmatics are of course persons with asthma. And as a celiac, I haven’t seen this anywhere as yet but I presume that I am now a person with celiac disease as opposed to a simple celiac. So I was not surprised just […]

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Where did the flu go?

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A study from Boston-area researchers which was just published online in the journal, Open Forum Infectious Disease, has concluded that our keep-safe lifestyle practices to avoid coming down with COVID-19 – mainly wearing masks and practicing physical distancing – led to an approximate 80 % decrease in the rates of common respiratory viral infections, such as […]