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Muller talks in jail, while FBI listens – Vaccine isn’t a good excuse

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A strange and bogus excuse of vaccines side-effect will not wash in this criminal case. But several media outlets have choses the “vaccine” bit as their headline. Such use will promote misunderstanding regardless if people see that there is no basis for it. The man charged in a California kidnapping that police initially dismissed as a…

Explanatory labeling for homeopathic products in Canada

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News snippet: Good news out of Canada. But will labeling help? Homeopathic products promoted to parents will need to be clear they are not vaccines or alternatives to vaccines, Health Canada says. The department announced Friday it is introducing label changes for certain homeopathic products. Health Canada said it will also no longer allow companies to make specific…

The stupidity of politicians never ceases to amaze me…

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The ignoramus of the week (so often bestowed upon politicians) goes not to Inhofe who brought a snowball into congress, or the representative from Idaho who thinks you can do a gynecological exam by swallowing a camera, but to New York’s Thomas J. Abinanti who has NO CLUE how vaccines work and just strung a few whiz…

Toronto Star in backpedaling mode after major screw up about Gardasil shot (UPDATE: Retraction)

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UPDATE (24-Feb-2015) This story has been retracted by the Toronto Star. Good. A rare event: Toronto Star retracts fear-mongering vaccine story Fifteen days after publishing a widely-criticized article linking anecdotal health problems to the HPV vaccine Gardasil, the Toronto Star has issued a retraction. As Retraction Watch notes, a newspaper retraction is rare. But something…

Are high vaccine rejection rates in California a result of social pressure?

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These results suggests to me that neighbors talk to neighbors, birds of a feather flock together, or that people don’t want to be ostracized and fall in line with even nonsense beliefs that are ultimately harmful. New Kaiser Permanente study shows Marin ‘not alone’ in vaccination refusal pattern. A new Kaiser Permanente study shows that…

Anti-vaccination sentiment continues to kill workers in Pakistan

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Religious extremist and deep distrust coupled by anti-science sentiment results in health care workers killed trying to save lives in Pakistan. Attackers kill 4 polio workers in Pakistan – CNN.com. Four members of a polio vaccination team were killed in an attack by militants in western Pakistan’s Balochistan province on Wednesday, police said. Attackers on…

Brainwashed mom kidnaps child to avoid vaccination

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A child remains missing presumably with her anti-vaccination mother who decided to break the law and risk permanent loss of custody instead of getting her vaccinated. Anti-vaccination kidnapping: Police looking for Megan Everett and daughter – Sun Sentinel. A Sunrise woman who disappeared with her 2-year-old daughter last month to avoid having the child vaccinated…

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…

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…

Jenny McCarthy: A health menace that needs to do penance (UPDATE)

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Yesterday, the story about Jenny McCarthy’s son actually not having autism was making rounds on social media and being sent to us at DN. But the story was from 2010. We were unsure why it started up again. (Make sure you look at the date for stories before sharing them as “news”. We’ve learned OUR…

Anti-vaxxers lobbying Congress (UPDATE)

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Orac has some information about an anti-vax briefing that we are passing on. It’s important to keep on top of these things. Antivaccinationists will be holding a Congressional briefing to attack the Vaccine Court tomorrow – Respectful Insolence. Murmurs have been rumbling in the antivaccine underground that there would be another hearing this year around…

Can we finally put this autism-vaccine misinformation to rest?

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This is not news to most people. The vaccine-autism link was never strong and has fallen away completely in the past several years. There is NO link between the two. But are the facts and evidence enough to finally bury this harmful health scare that prevented WAY too many parents around the world from vaccinating…

Caution needed on autism “epidemic”

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Yes, the autism numbers are getting higher but that does NOT necessarily mean what people think it means. Forbes has a look at the numbers. Autism Prevalence Is Now At 1 In 50 Children – Forbes. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new figures for autism prevalence in the United…

Huffington Post piece warps vaccine court ruling

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A deliberate attempt by author of this piece to skew the story. Contrary to what the headline suggests, the awards were NOT for autism. It was for something different. David Kirby: Vaccine Court Awards Millions to Two Children With Autism. The federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, better known as “vaccine court,” has just awarded millions…

News piece gives false balance to anti-vax agenda

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“Health Day” piece uses Barbara Loe Fisher of NVIC as an “expert” in this piece that reports that the vaccination schedule is safe. What’s wrong with that? The NVIC is against vaccinations and she even mentions the A word: autism. Childhood Vaccine Schedule Is Safe, Report Says. The standard vaccine schedule for young children in…

Homeopathic ‘vaccine pills’ under scrutiny in the U.K.

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BBC News – Homeopathic ‘vaccine pills’ should be withdrawn, says regulator. A homeopathic pharmacy endorsed by Prince Charles and the Queen has been told to stop advertising sugar pills labelled as childhood vaccines. The government’s medicines regulator stepped in after an investigation by BBC Inside Out South West. It found a number of homeopathic products…

Whopping year for whooping cough

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A combination of factors led to epidemics. 2012 was worst year for whooping cough since 1955 | Yahoo! Health. The nation just suffered its worst year for whooping cough in nearly six decades, according to preliminary government figures. Whooping cough ebbs and flows in multi-year cycles, and experts say 2012 appears to have reached a…

Thimerosal vital to protect children

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Keep thimerosal in vaccines: pediatricians A mercury-containing preservative should not be banned as an ingredient in vaccines, U.S. pediatricians said Monday, in a move that may be controversial. In its statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) endorsed calls from a World Health Organization (WHO) committee that the preservative, thimerosal, not be considered a hazardous…

Pertussis outbreak: The vaccine works just not as well as we expected

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There is a petussis (whooping cough) epidemic. I did a Google News search for “pertussus” and came up with dozen stories in the past 2 days citing cases in Kansas, West Virginia, Montana, North Carolina, Texas Where ISN’T it? Often, the skeptical community will cite anti-vaccination misinformation as a cause of the declining rates of…

Washington state law slows vaccination slide

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Washington State Makes It Harder to Forgo Immunizations. The share of kindergartners whose parents opted out of state immunization requirements more than doubled in the decade that ended in 2008, peaking at 7.6 percent in the 2008-9 school year, according to the state’s Health Department, raising alarm among public health experts. But last year, the…