serendipitous reflections

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Flu vaccine article

This is an interesting piece on the effectiveness of the flu vaccine. Get through his first section section where he vents about the fact that vaccine producers won't do evidence-based research. He has a valid point, but he needs to move more to the meat, which is the Cochrane Collaboration, which is heading toward becoming the gold standard in studies on health care. This is where the facts come out -- that the flu vaccine is effective, at best, 1 out of every 100 people, and that it does not help prevent transmission of the disease. Interesting. Yet as a society we continue to inject this over and over again, faithfully doing what the poster at the grocery store tells me to do.

And while I'm linking to articles, here's a good one on exercise and nutrition.

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