‘Patient zero’: The misunderstand stories of how illnes spreads

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( CNN) When a researcher’s scrawling of the letter O was misinterpreted as a zero in reference to a HIV patient in the early 1980 s, the provocative word “patient zero” was born. It triggered a wave of events in which the patient, Gatan Dugas, a French-Canadian flight attendant, was erroneously blamed for bringing the […]

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Do Cats Cause Schizophrenia? Believe the Science, Not the Hype

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Cats, you might have heard, cause schizophrenia. Or–more recently–they do nothing of the kind. It’s a decades-long scientific investigation, infrequently punctuated by headline-grabbing stories that definitively claim one or the other, depending on whatever the newest sliver of studies indicates. The most recent examine, published this Tuesday in the journal Psychological Medicine , inspired dozens […]

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