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Measles Makes a Comeback

A very preventable disease has a breakout year Continue reading

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Measles Cases in 2011 Highest in Fifteen Years

Measles makes a lousy souvenir. Continue reading

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U.S. Measles Cases at Highest Numbers Since 2001

I almost never write about children’s health.  I’m not a pediatrician, and most of what I know about kids’ health I learned as a dad, not in training.  This topic, however, is important enough to concern all of us. Measles … Continue reading

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Vaccines Are Much Safer than the Diseases They Prevent

The Institute of Medicine issued a detailed report studying the health risks of vaccines. Continue reading

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Study Linking Vaccines to Autism not Just Wrong, Intentionally Fraudulent

In 1998 the British medical journal Lancet published a study led by Dr. Andrew Wakefield that changed public opinion about vaccination ever since. The study described twelve children with autism and colitis whose symptoms began shortly after they received the … Continue reading

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Twelve Years Later, the Truth about Vaccines and Autism

Ideas have consequences.  False ideas, especially popular false ideas, can cause harm.  For example, the very popular false idea “corduroy pants and wide lapels are far out, man” made an entire nation ugly for about a decade.  And some false … Continue reading

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Vaccines: Fighting Fear with Information

Diversity of opinion is a mark of any free society.  Whenever I hear the latest conspiracy theory, see a commercial for a ghost-investigating “reality” show, or hear the latest quack cure advertised on radio, I remind myself that the spread … Continue reading

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Vaccine Refusal: Turning Back Two Centuries of Progress

Vaccines have become a victim of their own success.  In 1809 Massachusetts became the first state to pass a law requiring a vaccination – of smallpox – ushering a series of public health victories over a number of serious diseases.  … Continue reading

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Swine Flu: Unlikely to End the World

I thought it might be a good idea to write my weekly post early this week since there is so much anxiety about swine flu. The media and officials in many countries have contributed to much fear and misunderstanding which … Continue reading

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