Anti-vax

AP poll has experts lamenting science literacy – It’s more complicated

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Should we be surprised by this? No, I’m not. Disappointed, maybe. But, we should be used to these results by now. Poll: Big Bang a big question for most Americans. Few Americans question that smoking causes cancer. But they express bigger doubts as concepts that scientists consider to be truths get further from our own…

Jenny McCarthy claims she’s not anti-vax

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McCarthy tries to save face by pulling back on her anti-vax stance. She fails. Former Playboy model, Jenny McCarthy, pens op-ed: ‘I am not anti-vaccine’. Former playmate and current hostess of The View, Jenny McCarthy got the opportunity to “clarify” her thoughts on vaccines and autism Saturday in an Op-Ed published in the Chicago Sun-Times.…

Thanks anti-vaxxers for putting babies in the hospital

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It’s time to brutally honest and spread the word. Mumps, pertussis and measles outbreaks are making kids sick. Very sick. This is almost entirely preventable. Get your children vaccinated or YOU are contributing to their suffering, even death. Mumps outbreak has sickened 153, including 9-month-old baby The number of Ohioans sickened in a mumps outbreak…

Let’s go have a drink at Chili’s! CHEERS

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When informed consumers go at your company, it’s advisable to pay attention. Is this latest skirmish between anti-vax promoters and a major restaurant chain a turning point in vaccination awareness? We covered this story in leftovers yesterday but it has hit the mainstream press today. I think that’s a VERY good thing. The autism org…

Australian court rules against anti-vax Mom in favor of pro-health Dad

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Another case of the courts considering childrens’ rights to health over one parent’s scientifically baseless and harmful claims. Court grants father right to vaccinate his children A western Sydney father has won the right to vaccinate his children after a drawn-out legal battle with their mother, who is strongly opposed to immunisation. The Family Court…

Vaccine misinformation winning in British Columbia

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More news on the harm that vaccine safety misinformation does. Thanks Jenny McCarthy! B.C. vaccination rates drop amid ‘misinformation’ campaign | CTV Vancouver News. An organized campaign by anti-vaccination groups to sow doubt about the effectiveness and safety of vaccines has helped push some vaccination rates among kindergarten-aged children in B.C. to their lowest levels…

Measles ‘eliminated’ in four Western Pacific countries, according to World Health Organization

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Would that we read such headlines more often… Measles Eliminated in Four Western Pacific Countries – WHO (Wall Street Journal): The World Health Organization has declared the elimination of measles in four of 37 areas it covers in the Western Pacific, a region that is home to more than 1.8 billion people and includes some…

Pick Your Poison – 49% in U.S. subscribe to at least 1 of 6 medical conspiracy theories

Agreement scales pretty linearly with prior exposure, with one outlier: cancer cure suppression.

Health misinformation abounds in the results of a recent survey of American adults on medical conspiracy theories. Half Of Americans Believe In Medical Conspiracy Theories (NPR.org) Misinformation about health remains widespread and popular. Half of Americans subscribe to medical conspiracy theories, with more than one-third of people thinking that the Food and Drug Administration is…

Jenny learns people want a mate who understands statistics and gets vaccinated

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I think this was not her intended outcome, but it sure says volumes. Jenny McCarthy Learns Over Twitter That A Lot Of People Want A Mate Who Is Vaccinated. Jenny posted this tweet, no doubt expecting to get an array of responses regarding what people find attractive in a potential mate. What she received was…

Anti-Vaccination Network in Australia picks new name, digs at “skepticism” (UPDATED)

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The infamous anti-vaccination group AVN in Australia is shrewd and apparently evil. There is no question their new name is designed to deliberate conflate the issues of skepticism and vaccination safety and to get under the skin of the scientific skepticism advocates that have done a good job at discrediting the AVN’s misinformation campaigns. Australian…

AVN anti-vaxxer vandals

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The AVN (formerly the Australian Vaccination Network) has vandals that support them. This does not make them look credible again. Billboard urging child vaccination vandalised in Fremantle. Two billboards in Fremantle promoting immunisation of children, have been defaced. The billboards on South Street share stories of local parents who follow an alternative type of lifestyle…

Anti-vax and psychic claims lead to worst story you will read in a while

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I feel it was outrageously irresponsible for this media outlet to run this story. Not only are they allowing misrepresentation of vaccines, they present psychic information as valid, and one questionable medical opinion as trumping the entire body of vaccine safety. There is zero mention of the safeguards in place and the overall efficacy of…

Polio security team killed in Pakistan; Officials march on with immunization drive

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The insanity continues. This is terrible. Six polio security police killed in Charsadda blast – The Hindu. In continuing attacks on polio teams, six policemen on security detail were among the seven killed on Wednesday in an explosion in Charsadda in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. News reports said a 13 -year- old boy was also killed…

11-year-old girl dies from flu, parents feared vaccine (UPDATE: More deaths)

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Think the flu doesn’t kill you? It kills kids and young adults that are perfectly healthy. 11-year-old Hendersonville girl dies from flu | The Tennessean | tennessean.com. An 11-year-old Hendersonville girl has died of complications from the flu, according to family and hospital reports, and is the latest in a growing number of flu deaths…

India to declare victory over polio

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And now for some good news. In a cautiously optimistic declaration of victory,  and despite the best efforts of anti-immunization groups, it appears that the World Health Organization (WHO) is set to declare India free of polio. India Manages to Free Itself of Polio (WSJ.com): The World Health Organization plans to announce on Monday that India…

Colorado having issues with vaccination denials

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In the U.S. states are cracking down on parents who ask for a vaccination excemption for their children without good cause. Colorado May Become The Latest State To Crack Down On Vaccine Denialism | ThinkProgress. Colorado officials are considering tightening the rules for vaccinations, and may make it more difficult for parents to claim religious…

Society for Science-based Medicine is launched!

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Nearly every day we post stories here at Doubtful News about the horrible, misinformation that abounds on the Internet, TV, radio and print regarding alternative medicine or CAM. Complementary and alternative medical treatments account for plenty of lost money, misplaced hope, empty promises, and sometimes even death. There was no organization that addressed these issues…