nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Vaccine Acceptance: Only The Uneducated May Survive

This is a quick, but astonishing, post about human ignorance.

I read the sentence below in a study on the safe and highly effective human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.  The shot prevents two types of HPV infection implicated in the development of cervical cancer.

The study is in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (Dec 2010), titled "Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Among Adult Women - Disparities in Awareness and Acceptance."

Here's the quotation:
"Education was associated positively with awareness [of the vaccine], but inversely associated with intention to be vaccinated."
So, if you're educated, you're more likely to be stupid.

Doc D

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