Almost half of adults in the U.S. believe in at least one medical conspiracy theory, according to a report by the University of Chicago. Some conspiracy theories are widely held: Some 37% believe that the Food and Drug Administration is purposely concealing information on natural, alternative treatments for cancer, while only a third of respondents said they disagreed with that theory. The most well-known theory was the myth that vaccinations can trigger autistic spectrum disorders, although this theory has been thoroughly debunked by medical researchers. Nearly 70% of the respondents said that they had heard of the theory, while 20% believe it to be true.
Decriminalizing sex work is the most effective way to reduce the worldwide HIV infection rate, according to public health researchers who recently published their findings in the Lancet medical journal. The researchers, who presented their findings on Tuesday at the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia, estimate that infection rates among sex workers in Canada, India and Kenya, as well as other nations, could be reduced by nearly half if the profession were legalized.
In my view, warehousing elderly and children — especially children with disabilities — in rooms with machines that keep them busy, when large numbers of human beings around the world are desperate for jobs that pay a living wage, is worse than the Dickensian nightmares of mechanical industrialization, it’s worse than the cold, alienated workplaces depicted by Kafka. It’s an abdication of a desire to remain human, to be connected to each other through care, and to take care of each other.
The outbreak of Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, known as MERS, in Saudi Arabia already has the world on alert: According to the most recent World Health Organization numbers, it’s infected 834 people and caused at least 288 deaths since it first appeared in 2012. Very little is understood about how the virus, which is linked to camels, is transmitted, but a new paper, published Tuesday in the journal mBio, raises a new possibility.
The 1970 manual ‘How to Pick Up Girls!’ opens by asking the reader to imagine what at first seems like a romantic scene. ‘You’re walking down the street. Minding your own business. … And suddenly you spot a girl,’ it reads. ‘Not just an ordinary girl. Not just a fantastic girl. But the girl.’ It’s a bit of a generic setup, but, OK, I’m following. ‘You’ve just got to see more of her long lean legs,’ writes author Eric Weber. ‘Her fine rounded breasts. Her high, firm behind. For an instant you even consider rape.’