Tag Archive for vaccinations

Jim Carrey bent on ruining his career with dumb Twitter rant about vaccines

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Once again, an ACTOR is telling the public about a serious HEALTH concern that exists only in the anti-vax community. A celebrity critic of vaccines and former partner of another star with an autistic child has taken to social media to denounce a new California law requiring most children be vaccinated. Source: Jim Carrey denounces new Calif.…

Backlash against anti-vax continues. Will they be banned from expo?

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Oh, that Meryl! She is still stirring up trouble. She had resigned as president of the anti-vaccination organization but she still is on the agenda. Health experts call for ban on anti-vaccination campaigner Meryl Dorey at Healthy Lifestyle Expo. THE state’s top health experts have called for the Australian Vaccination Skeptics Network to be barred…

Chiropractors in Australia disassociate with anti-vax claims

A positive sign but how can you take the idea out of their heads when their practice is based on nonsense to begin with? Chiropractors pushing anti-vaccination line face crackdown, audits. Chiropractors will be forced to stop making anti-vaccination and other misleading claims in a crackdown on shonky operators from the profession’s governing board. Earlier…

Does swine flu shot cause narcolepsy in children? Not enough data.

Before we jump to conclusions on this, there may be other factors. The data is insufficient to connect it. Evidence grows for narcolepsy link to GSK swine flu shot | Yahoo! Health. Emelie is one of around 800 children in Sweden and elsewhere in Europe who developed narcolepsy, an incurable sleep disorder, after being immunized…

The Mercola effect: People believe his stuff

This piece highlights the reach and damage done by ridiculous websites masquerading as “health” information. A Vaccine Eliminated A Deadly Killer Of Infants. So Why Do Some People Fear It? – Forbes. “We don’t see significant pneumococcal disease in kids anymore,” says Kenneth Bromberg, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Brooklyn Hospital Center. He…

Novella shreds anti-vaxxer in Las Vegas debate

Apologies in advance, there is much inside references in this post. I’m sorry I don’t have the time to write up all the background but for those who follow the Science Based Medicine blog and the Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe podcast, you can follow along. A rumor floated about the TAM2012 (The Amazing Meeting,…

American Airlines relents, ditches AVN promotion (Updated: Meryl’s mad)

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Likely in response to the overwhelming negative reaction to their decision to air a promotion from an anti-vax organization… Shame on you American Airlines. Anti-vax harms kids.(Updated: AmerAir defends the ad) and the huge following of the Bad Astronomy blog, American Airlines has decided not to air the AVN interview or include the information in…

2011: Measles roaring back thanks to anti-vax attitudes

CDC: 2011 was worst measles year in US in 15 years Health officials say last year was the worst year for measles in the U.S. in 15 years. There were 222 cases of measles reported. Most of the cases were imported — either by visiting foreigners or by U.S. residents who picked up the virus…

Donald Trump has a theory about vaccines and autism

Trump warns Fox News viewers: Autism caused by vaccines Business mogul Donald Trump chose the fifth annual World Autism Awareness Day to reveal that he “strongly” believes that autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are linked to exposure to vaccines. In a Monday interview on Fox News, the reality star explained that a series of casual observations…

Think measles is not a big deal?

Eliminating measles – personal stories Euronews. Nastasia has made a spectacular recovery. Just a year ago she was in a coma after contracting measles. The 16 year old who lives in Valence, in the South-East of France suddenly complained of a sore throat, red spots appeared and she had a high temperature. After one week at…

Measles outbreak around Liverpool, U.K. Why? The obvious.

HPA – Measles update 29 February 2012. There are now 36 laboratory confirmed measles cases in and around Liverpool and the numbers are continuing to grow. A further 35 probable cases are under investigation and numerous reports from GPs are in the process of being followed up. The majority of the cases are in Liverpool…

It’s probably not the best idea to ask a chiropractor his opinion on immunizations

Are vaccinations ‘more harmful than beneficial’? Parents come to Dr. Anthony Arlotti with vaccination concerns ranging from what the side effects are to whether they cause autism. “Basically, it comes down to parents are worried that vaccines are more harmful than beneficial,” said Arlotti, a doctor with Ryder, Barnes and Associates Pediatrics in Mechanicsburg, a…

Super Bowl example of the “herd” in “herd immunity” (Updated)

Health Department: Measles-infected individual visited Super Bowl Village The Indiana State Department of Health has confirmed a person infected with the measles visited the Super Bowl Village at some point last week, where an estimated 250,000 people were throughout the day. The person is believed to have visited Friday. The Centers for Disease Control and…

No pertussis deaths in California last year. Vaccinations works!

Vaccination program credited in fight against whooping cough Urging Californians to remain vigilant, officials announce that the state recorded no deaths in 2011 for the first time in two decades. Facing an epidemic of whooping cough that led to the deaths of 10 infants in 2010, California public health officials launched a massive vaccination effort…

Wrap-up of News of 2011

Doubtful News has been on the web since August of 2011 so we don’t have a whole year’s worth of paranormal/pseudoscience/skeptical stories. (But check back this time next year!) Tim Farley has done a year end wrap-up in skeptic news. Don’t miss it. Check it out here on Skepticality. The BIGGEST stories of the year…

Pertussis (whooping cough) is a very real threat to newborns

Newborn Almost Dies After Getting Whooping Cough – ABC News. Leena was born a happy healthy baby, but two weeks into her life, she developed a severe cough. Doctors told her mother, Dr. Lisa Farkouh, that Leena only had a cold, but the symptoms continued and worsened. After a battery of tests and a cough…

More than 700 cases of measles in Quebec

CTV Montreal – More than 700 cases of measles in Quebec – CTV News. For the first time since 2007 Quebec is dealing with a widescale measles outbreak. Vaccination rates against measles have dropped since 1998, when a medical researcher faked research and falsely claimed there was a link between a preservative used in a…