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Yaakov Ophir

Dr. Yaakov Ophir is a research associate at the Natural Language Processing lab of the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and a licensed clinical psychologist with a specific expertise in child therapy, parent training, and family interventions. He received his PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and gained extensive experience in complex empirical research and scientific criticism. Dr. Ophir published over than 20 peer-reviewed scientific articles (in English) alongside multiple, less formal ‘popular science’ writings and radio/television interviews (mostly in Hebrew).

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The Final Brick in the Vaccine Efficacy Narrative


Two key bricks seem to have already fallen from the COVID vaccines’ narrative – the one about their fantastic efficacy against infections and the one about their superb safety. However, one stubborn narrative brick seems to stand still, leading many people to believe that the booster doses of the vaccines are capable of providing long-term protection against severe illness and deaths (despite their failure to protect against infections).  

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Are We Medicating Millions of ADHD Children without Scientific Justification? 


Stimulant brands for ADHD, such as Ritalin, Concerta, Adderall, or Vyvanse rank at the top of the best-selling lists of medications for children. Indeed, the American dream may play a significant role in the proliferation of such cognitive enhancers in the US, but the rush for the magic pills crosses national borders. In fact, the ‘semi-final’ countries that are currently ‘winning’ the Ritalin Olympics, according to the International Narcotics Control Board, are: Iceland, Israel, Canada, and Holland.

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