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HPV vaccines: Gardasil becomes a market dud in wake of informed backlash

(NaturalNews) On the heels of the Vioxx scandal Merck & Co. has apparently manufactured another marketplace dud with Gardasil. After receiving fast-track approval from the FDA in 2006, Merck's aggressive 'One More Girl' marketing campaign catapulted HPV into the collective consciousness as a serious health issue. Almost overnight, medical consumers went from not knowing HPV existed to fear of infection with the dreaded virus. Presto! HPV pandemonium was born. • Over 70% of the participants in Gardasil clinical trials developed new medical conditions

Feds to farmers: Grow GMO beets or face sugar shortage

Despite its instant success, Monsanto’s product hit a few speed bumps in 2010. That year, a federal judge revoked the US Department of Agriculture’s approval for the seed in response to a lawsuit filed by the Center for Food Safety on the basis that the agency violated the law by failing to perform a full environmental impact statement for the seed. This is a critical oversight given the risks of genetic contamination of conventional and organic seeds by the GMO seeds through wind-blown pollen, as well as the current superweed crisis caused by overuse of glyphosate.

Transit of Venus: How to Watch Planet Cross Sun Safely

How to watch safely? Some tips: Solar Flare Erupts From the Sun Watch Video Neil Armstrong Gives Rare Interview Watch Video Largest Solar Flare of 2012 Watch Video One way is by briefly projecting an image onto a flat surface, perhaps through a small telescope or a pair of binoculars. Many science museums and planetariums will have viewing parties, with properly-filtered telescopes set up. NASA has put together a map on which you may be able to find a viewing party near you.