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Tuesday, June 9 2020


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If sex isn't real, there's no same-sex attraction. If sex isn't real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn't hate to speak the truth.

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the big story

3 Indian docs + 2 medical studies = 1 big scandal

The TLDR: This is the story of how two of the most prestigious medical journals in the world were conned by an Indian CEO of an obscure company with a shady background. Also in the mix: His brother-in-law and a leading cardiac surgeon.

 

The 2 medical studies

Over the past week, Lancet Journal and the New England Journal of Medicine published an “expression of concern”—i.e. questioned the veracity of—over two studies each had published. 

 

Both were on the subject of Covid-19 treatment. The NEJM study looked at the effect of blood pressure medication on Covid patients. The Lancet paper—which became a bigger deal—claimed that the anti-malarial drug Hydroxychloroquine was both ineffective and unsafe—triggering dangerous side-effects when used to treat Covid.

 

Both studies also had a common set of authors: three doctors of Indian origin. 

 

The 3 Indian doctors

Here are the NRIs at the heart of the scandal, some more implicated in this mess than the others:

 

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