Aproape un milion de doze de vaccin împotriva gripei noi sunt retrase din piaţa americană

Cele 800 de mii de doze de vaccin împotriva gripei noi au fost retrase de pe piaţa americană după ce producătorul francez a luat a descoperit că vaccinul nu era foarte eficient. Eşantioanele de vaccin erau destinate copiilor cu vârste cuprinse între 6 luni şi trei ani.

Experţii francezi au susţin că vaccinul este cu 12 puncte mai slab decât ar fi trebuit să fie şi, în consecinţă, nu poate asigura imunitate copiilor care îl vor folosi. Cei care au apucat deja să se vaccineze nu vor păţi nimic rău, asigură cei de la compania franceză. 

Sursa: Realitatea.net

Iar în colţul din dreapta, cei ce opozanţii schimbării climatice

And in This Corner, Climate Contrarians

Johan Spanner for The New York Times

Steve Stockman said believing in global warming was like wearing a blindfold and called the scientific consensus a money matter.


COPENHAGEN — Their numbers were small and former Vice President Al Gore was not among them.
But the climate skeptics who met inside a stuffy second-floor gallery near this city’s Christianshavn neighborhood on Wednesday displayed at least as much passion for their cause as the environmental activists who have flocked to Copenhagen to push for action on global warming.

“They’ve got us outnumbered,” said Ian Plimer, an Australian geologist, who has interests in several mining operations. “But we’ve got them outgunned.”

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1,6 miliarde de lire sterline pe an pentru un tratament ineficient

Doctors query ability of Tamiflu to stop severe illness

Review published in British Medical Journal accuses flu drug manufacturer Roche of withholding evidence from trials

Tamiflu tablets may shorten bouts of illness by a day or two, reviewers say.

Roche, the manufacturer of Tamiflu, has made it impossible for scientists to assess how well the anti-flu drug stockpiled around the globe works by withholding the evidence the company has gained from trials, doctors alleged today .

www.guardian.co.uk_Tamiflu tablets_Tamiflu-tablets-002A major review of what data there is in the public domain has found no evidence Tamiflu can prevent healthy people with flu from suffering complications such as pneumonia.

Tamiflu may shorten the bout of illness by a day or so, the investigators say, but it is impossible to know whether it prevents severe disease because the published data is insufficient. Roche has failed to make some of the studies carried out on the drug publicly available, the scientists say.

“Governments around the world have spent billions of pounds on a drug that the scientific community now finds itself unable to judge,” said Dr Fiona Godlee, editor of the British Medical Journal, which published the new review online and collaborated in a joint investigation with Channel 4 News, shown this evening .

Roche has made a fortune out of the drug, with sales of £1.6bn this year alone. The British government has stockpiled enough for half the population.

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Viaţa privată, un privilegiu pierdut

Le patron de Google estime que la protection de la vie privée est “une question de discernement” 

Si vous souhaitez que personne ne soit au courant de certaines choses que vous faites, peut-être que vous ne devriez tout simplement pas les faire“. Mais si vous utilisez des moteurs de recherche, vous devez savoir que vos informations personnelles, comme votre historique de recherche, peuvent être vus par d’autres, a expliqué le PDG de Google, Eric Schmidt, lors d’une interview à CNBC.

Interrogé sur la confiance que les internautes peuvent accorder à Google, Eric Schmidt a estimé que les problèmes de vie privée n’étaient finalement pas du ressort de Google. “C’est une question de discernement. (…) Tous les moteurs de recherche, dont Google, conservent des données personnelles pendant un certain temps (…) et aux Etats-Unis, le Patriot Act permet aux autorités d’accéder à ces informations”, a rappelé le patron du plus grand moteur de recherche.www.lemonde.fr_Eric Schmidt, le PDG de Google._300x200_1220887_0_3f26_ill-1153495-a9be-schmidt

La presse américaine relève l’ironie de ces déclarations, considérant qu’en 2005 les journalistes de CNET s’étaient vus privés d’interviews par Google pour avoir publié un article dévoilant diverses informations personnelles sur Eric Schmidt… glanées sur Google.

Aux Etats-Unis, le débat sur le respect de la vie privée par les moteurs de recherche a connu un tournant la semaine dernière, lorsqu’ont été publiées sur le Web des documents révélant les sommes facturées par Yahoo! pour fournir des informations privées aux autorités.

Sursa: Le Monde.fr