Friday, May 11, 2007

Merck Again only WORSE

Study casts new doubts on HPV vaccine--Reads the headline in the Los Angeles Times. While this speaks for itself, it doesn't tell the whole story. The vaccine may be causing an ecologically deleterious effect which will make cancer and other diseases among women even more widespread:

...the data also hinted that blocking the targeted strains might have opened an ecological niche that allowed the flourishing of HPV strains previously considered to be minor players, partially offsetting the vaccine's protection.

Ever the optimists--or more likely, the greediest--Merck is quoted on a positive note:

The maker of the vaccine, Merck & Co., said the studies clearly showed that the vaccine prevented infections from the two HPV strains and reduced the number of precancerous lesions caused by the them.

But the doctors are not quite so sure:

Immunologist W. Martin Kast of USC's Keck School of Medicine, who was not involved in the research, said he thought the study had not gone on long enough to prove the vaccine's worth.

Consumers need to keep ducking.

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