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Science Journals Rife With Error, Fraud

Retractions up 15-fold over past decade in 11,600 scientific publications

(Newser) - The number of retractions in scientific journals has surged 15-fold over the past decade, rising to 339 last year from 22 in 2001—far faster than the 44% increase in the number of articles published over the same period, reports the Wall Street Journal in an investigation of 11,600... More »

Debunked Study Won't Kill Autism-Vaccine Theory

Believers will still believe, despite lapses in research

(Newser) - The landmark British study that declared a link between vaccines and autism has been debunked , Claudia Wallis reports, but don't expect the controversy to go away any time soon. Though the study was apparently riddled with lapses and even deception, parents are likely to continue to believe—as they have... More »

Top Medical Journal Blasts Pope's Condom Remark

(Newser) - The UK's most prestigious medical journal has joined the condemnation of Pope Benedict’s comments on contraception, the Financial Times reports. “By saying that condoms exacerbate the problem of HIV/AIDS, the Pope has publicly distorted scientific evidence to promote Catholic doctrine on this issue," says an editorial... More »

Strokes Could Be Cut 80%

Swift treatment of mini-strokes reduces major attacks, study finds

(Newser) - Patients treated within 24 hours for mini-strokes cut their chances of having a subsequent major stroke by 80%, according to new research that could change the way stroke victims are handled by the medical community. Mini-strokes are often not treated as emergencies in the US and Europe, though the new... More »

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