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Your phone won’t give you cancer and you don’t get the flu from the flu shot


Aaron Carroll is ready to fight the medical myths again. This time it is about the phone and its cancer giving properties, which have not been demonstrated even after 2 decades of studies from around the world.

Phone use microwave radiation, liek the one from your microwave oven, but at much lower intensity and thus, the only possible effect when used continuously is a mils heating of the area where the phone is near your skin.

Heating. Maybe not even one degree.

So, as for cancer giving properties, phones have not been proven to do that.

Next up: does the flu shot give you flu? Nope. The symptoms you feel when you get the flu shot is your body reacting to the inactive viruses or bacteria in that shot.

So, if you fell ill after you have been given a flu shot, then that means that you are ok, your body works. It simply mounts a response to the inactive pathogens from the vaccines.

You’ll be ok in no time, but ready for the big battle:

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You should get a flu shot


Common cold is not that big of a risk, but the flu is. You should get a flu shot in order to prepare your body for the following weeks of virus attacks. If you get a flu shot and feel ill, then you need to know that you were not infected, but your body sensed the inactive virus and then reacted like it was a live one. No worries in there.

The more will get a flu shot, the better for the entire community.

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SciShow: HeartBleed and Tamiflu show us how vulnerable are we


HeartBleed is a code programming bug. That means that the way Heartbeat was coded resulted in the server sending too much data in those packets back to the user. That data was not encrypted and a hacker could save it.

Heartbeat a way to optimize SSL connections by sending little packets of data to show that the connection is still alive, not by reinitiating the whole connection process. That code bug has been already saved, but you should change your password in your social networks as soon as possible. So, Heartbleed is NOT a virus, it is a code error.

The flu is generated by a virus and it is hard to find a complete cure to it. This is why you need a new vaccine each year for the common cold that becomes flu. Since having such vaccines is expensive the governments use some other type of medication like Tamiflu, that has the purpose to slow down the virus growth in your body.

It seems that Tamiflu does not work as expected. Check the video from above for more info.

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A new flu attacking us? Nope!

While Romania does not have any particular issues with flu or other types of diseases, well not more than usually, in USA it seems that people are a bit afraid of the new flu, generated by H3N2 A virus. Seems that this virus is somewhat like the swine flu and it caused an epidemic in USA, however that is not the end of the world.

The video from above explains the difference between strains of viruses and what an epidemic is: when more than 7.2% or the total deaths are caused by a disease. It seems anyways that this happens in each year. Is it dangerous? Of course. Will it kill anyone? Doubt it. And yes, H3N2 A is quite old, so this is not really a new flu.

Better to be safe and take a vaccine and just try to be healthy, all right? I am always wearing enough clothes during the winter and a hat to keep me warm. And good shoes. If all else fails use a very hot tub of water and some tea and just sleep in there 😀 Se safe!