Promising rugby player who became a paraplegic after swallowing a garden slug as a dare at a birthday party dies aged 28 – after an eight year battle with a parasite infection

A gifted rugby player who became a paraplegic after swallowing a garden slug as a dare has died after an eight-year battle with a parasite infection.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6352629/Sam-Ballard-dies-eight-years-swallowing-slug.html

Retracted autism study an ‘elaborate fraud’, British journal finds

cnn.com: Retracted autism study an ‘elaborate fraud,’ British journal finds

Via: digg.com: Retracted study linking autism to vaccines was an ‘elaborate fraud’ by doctor, British …

An investigation published by the British medical journal BMJ concludes the study’s author, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, misrepresented or altered the medical histories of all 12 of the patients whose cases formed the basis of the 1998 study — and that there was “no doubt” Wakefield was responsible.

“It’s one thing to have a bad study, a study full of error, and for the authors then to admit that they made errors,” Fiona Godlee, BMJ’s editor-in-chief, told CNN. “But in this case, we have a very different picture of what seems to be a deliberate attempt to create an impression that there was a link by falsifying the data.”

Britain stripped Wakefield of his medical license in May. “Meanwhile, the damage to public health continues, fueled by unbalanced media reporting and an ineffective response from government, researchers, journals and the medical profession,” BMJ states in an editorial accompanying the work.

Finalist dies at world sauna championships

Finalist dies at world sauna championships

Via: A Gentleman’s C: Apparently this was unexpected.
Finalist dies at world sauna championships.

Russian Vladimir Ladyzhenskiy died Saturday after taking part in the final of a competition in which contestants are required to withstand rising temperatures for as long as possible.

Finnish finalist Timo Kaukonen was also taken to hospital for treatment, organizer Ossi Arvela said in a statement posted on the event’s website.