The Daily Dose: Anti-vaxxers are up to no good, as usual

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There’s something rotten in Denmark. Or at least among hidden anti-vaxers who are using religious exemptions as a way to avoid being penalized for their irresponsibility. As per Stat News, “The percentage of children starting kindergarten whose parents claim that vaccination conflicts with their religious beliefs has ticked up in recent years, even while the portion of Americans who profess to be part of an organized religion has fallen.” Things that make you go hmmmm… http://bit.ly/2PSYiBY

A recent study investigated whether warmer temperatures, potentially brought on by global warming, could have an additive effect to the projected undernutrition global warming may cause due to crop damage. The authors of the paper report, “Assuming a causal relationship, we estimate that 15.6% of undernutrition hospitalizations could be attributed to heat exposure during the study period. The AF (attributal factors) grew from 14.1% to 17.5% with a 1.1°C increase in mean temperature from 2000 to 2015.” Their conclusion is straightforward. “Our study suggests that global warming might directly increase undernutrition morbidity, by a route other than by threatening food security.” http://bit.ly/32dvOW7

The U.S. CDC is warning against the consumption of undercooked ground beef. A multi-state outbreak of salmonella has been reported. According to the CDC, “Illnesses in this outbreak are more severe than expected for Salmonella. Eight ill people have been hospitalized, including one death. The hospitalization rate is usually about 20 percent.” Cook yer foods people. http://bit.ly/2JRqhhL

Here’s a case of academics making a tangible difference. In 2015, an investigation into “the historical and ethnobotanical research literature commissioned by the South African government concluded that there is a “strong probability” that the first users of rooibos were the San people and that they — and the Khoi — should be compensated by industry.” Now, private industry — the masters of indiginous community exploitation — have agreed to pay the two communities for rooibos production. We’d like more of this in the world and less of the quinoia story. https://go.nature.com/34sEFow

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