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How Vaccines Have Changed Our World In One Graphic

Above is a look at the past morbidity (how many people became sick) of what were once very common infectious diseases, and the current morbidity in the U.S. There’s no smallpox and no polio, almost no measles, dramatically less chickenpox (also known as varicella) and H. influenza that’s not flu, but a bacteria that can cause deadly meningitis.

We should use the same attitude toward engineering preventive medicine that helps against all diseases of aging, including cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, dementia and lung disorders.

Checkout the full infographic

Five Quick Reads

The Dirty Little Secret Of Cancer Research

For 50 years, scientists have ignored widespread cell contamination, compromising medical research. Why are they so slow to fix it?

How Sharing Your Health Data Could Change Medical Research

A slew of new companies and organizations promise to tear down the barriers to data collection and sharing by encouraging patients to give away their data.  In addition to fostering diverse research projects, the companies say that data donation helps patients learn about themselves and improve their own treatment.  The change has taken root in the medical community, and if roadblocks to privacy and data ownership can be overcome, data sharing efforts may just change the nature of research. Read more

Gene Therapy Could Help With Blindness

Researchers have restored some modest degree of light sensitivity in animals who have a similar condition to retinitis pigmentosa (damaged light-sensing cells in the retina). Experiments on blind mice and dogs have found cells in the retina that are not normally light-sensing (retinal ganglion cells) can be genetically modified to respond to light, which helps restore some of their vision. Read more
Science And Health News Hype: Where Does It Come From?

Given the rising competition between universities for media impact, is it possible that at least some are misreporting their academic data?  To what extent are scientists publishing hype – deliberately or inadvertently – in their own public relations material? Read the Guardian's investigative analysis 
Can A Pill Cure Binge Drinking And Dementia?

Using a compound called ethane-β-sultam researchers have shown that there may be a way to reduce  alcohol-associated brain damage and inflammation, and potentially protect against associated deterioration in brain function.

However, none of this was conclusively proven in rats or humans, so a headline suggesting a "cure for binge drinking" in people are premature. Read more
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This newsletter was created and edited by Avi Roy.

Special thanks to Mallory E. McLaren, and Liz Parrish

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