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Libel Laws and Science

There is an urgent need for libel reform in England (and I’m reliably told also in Ireland). The laws are being used to stifle free speech and to halt scientific investigations.  Please watch my 5 minute summary and sign the online petition at
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Swine Flu fatality rates similar to seasonal flu

December 10, 2009 Leave a comment

A report on swine flu cases in the USA has just been published today by the prestigious journal PLoS Medicine. The authors conducted a statistical analysis of hospitalisation, intensive care, and fatalities resulting from the new H1N1 (swine) flu.  Because those cases turning up in hospitals are only a fraction of the actual cases (these are the most extreme cases) they employed several techniques to estimate the total number of infections and from that to estimate the rates of fatality etc.. Their analysis shows that the fatality rates for swine flu are similar (either slightly higher or slightly lower) to that for “normal” seasonal flu. Read more…

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