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BBC news health ITV news giving people statins may cause more harm: NHS recommend to take statins as a preventative measure to heart attacks and strokes. They lower harmful cholesterol in the blood. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol can lead to a build-up of fatty plaque in the arteries, which can cause blockages and lead to heart disease and stroke. Research has found that statin use can be associated with a rare but serious increased risk of muscle problems, diabetes and haemorrhagic stroke. Research has shown that the risk reduction is so small that it may not justify taking the pill Waste of healthcare resources for low risk individuals as benefits haven’t been explored enough and do benefits outweigh risk of side effects. Benefits are greater for those who had a heart attack and stroke Patients should discuss with GP prevent overprescribing them and see if they really need them as with any other medication. WHO Accused of Conducting Vaccine Trial Without Participant Consent in Three African Countries Malaria vaccine trial In Malawi, Ghana, and Kenya, involve over 720,000 children, malaria vaccine -Mosquirix, over the next two years without informed consent of patients. Drafters concerns about vaccine are made unclear. Serious breach in standard international ethics rates of meningitis appears to be 10 times higher in participants receiving Mosquirix compared to individuals who did not receive it. Linked to higher rates of cerebral malaria (when parasite-infected blood cells block small blood vessels to the brain) and 2 fold risk mortality in girls. WHO defence is that the vaccine is during countries routine vaccine schedule so that implies consent as there is no requirement for individual written consent. 500,000 sharks may be killed for a Covid vaccine : Shark liver has squalene which is a natural oil can be used for medicine and increase the effectiveness of a vaccine Used in trial vaccines for COVID. 250,000 sharks to be killed to provide one dose per person and double if another dose is needed for greater effectiveness. They are also testing non-animal squalene beside it as they have similar chemical structures and should be just as effective despite the source. Detrimental effect to shark species that are already hunted down and isn’t a reliable supply chain. Corona virus general
cross immunity - scientists suggesting that once you have the Covid virus that you’re immune. Conducted an experiment by taking sample of blood and shown that T-cells attacked virus. Same frozen blood from 2018 when there wasn’t the virus also attacked it. This means the person supposedly had a cold and is able to attack similar viruses. 20-50% of us have this so suggests that large

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