Pro-vaccine messages are having the opposite effect

Public Release: 7-Aug-2017 Pro-vaccine messages can boost belief in MMR myths, study shows University of Edinburgh Current strategies for correcting misinformation about the dangers of vaccinations have the opposite effect and reinforce ill-founded beliefs, a study suggests. Presenting scientific facts to disprove misconceptions was found to actually strengthen unfounded opinions, such as that the measles,…

Alarming decline in sperm count of western men 59.3% drop in less than 40 years with no signs of leveling off

  Public Release: 25-Jul-2017 Have Sperm Counts Declined? Definitely Yes, Says First-Ever Meta-Analysis on Trends in Sperm Count Meta-analysis finds that among men from North America, Europe and Australia, sperm concentration has declined more than 50 percent in less than 40 years, pointing to impaired male health and decreasing fertility The Hebrew University of Jerusalem…

Study finds 90 percent of American men overfat

Public Release: 24-Jul-2017   New research shows that the overfat pandemic is alarmingly prevalent in developed countries where up to 90 percent of adult males and 50 percent children may suffer from this condition Frontiers   Caption Rather than thinking of these disorders as separate, individual clinical problems, it might be best to consider the…

Sex now needs to be included as a biological variable in NIH-funded research, but how?

Public Release: 5-Jul-2017   Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News   IMAGE: The new journal, Gender and the Genome, the official journal of The Foundation for Gender-Specific Medicine, fills a unique niche in medical publishing. Credit: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers New Rochelle, NY, July 5, 2017–The National Institutes of Health (NIH) instituted a policy…

Shock report tells of system that turns people with learning disabilities into commodities

Public Release: 27-Jun-2017   ‘A trade in people’ with learning disabilities and/or autism has been uncovered by a partnership of activists, families and Lancaster University academics. Lancaster University Caption ‘A trade in people’ with learning disabilities and/or autism has been uncovered by a partnership of activists, families and Lancaster University academics. The new report from…

Genes that lead to coronary disease are need for fertility

Public Release: 22-Jun-2017 Human genes for coronary artery disease make them more prolific parents Genome-wide scans suggest that natural selection keeps these genes in the population as they benefit childbearing capacity PLOS Coronary artery disease may have persisted in human populations because the genes that cause this late-striking disease also contribute to greater numbers of…