Courtesy of the anti vaccine bunch, led in large part by Robert F. Kennedy jr. and actress Jenny McCarthy, a disturbingly high percentage of know nothing parents have been refusing to vaccinate their kids.
The CDC released figures this week showing a tripling of reported measles cases this year compared to the past trend.
As Reuters reported:
“The number of reported cases of measles in the United States this year is nearly three times the annual average, federal health officials said on Thursday, highlighting the continued threat of the disease 50 years after development of a vaccine.
“There have been 175 measles cases so far in 2013, compared with the typical national average of about 60 cases a year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.”
more info: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/05/us-usa-health-measles-idUSBRE9B40UJ20131205
CNN reports that:
“A now-retracted British study that linked autism to childhood vaccines was an “elaborate fraud” that has done long-lasting damage to public health, a leading medical publication reported Wednesday.
“An investigation published by the British medical journal BMJ concludes the study’s author, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, misrepresented or altered the medical histories of all 12 of the patients whose cases formed the basis of the 1998 study — and that there was “no doubt” Wakefield was responsible.
“‘It’s one thing to have a bad study, a study full of error, and for the authors then to admit that they made errors,’” Fiona Godlee, BMJ’s editor-in-chief, told CNN. “‘But in this case, we have a very different picture of what seems to be a deliberate attempt to create an impression that there was a link by falsifying the data.’”
Some researchers analyzed the news coverage in the UK. To the surprise of, well, absolutely no one, people with connections to the drug industry were way more worried publicly, and were solidly promoting the use of anti-viral and other meds. This despite the fact that the effectiveness of these treatments is, to be charitable, very questionable.
To be fair, of course, many experts are, indeed, working in their industries of choice. Just like, for example, aeronautical experts are going to be found at Boeing. But they really should ID their affiliations and reporters need to keep them in mind: Continue reading
I am impressed, maybe a breakthrough? Continue reading
The Gomer Blog reports: Continue reading
DNAInfo.com reports: Continue reading
The Associated Press reports: Continue reading
Keep sharp objects away from RFK Jr. and Jenny McCarthy. Continue reading
The Wall Street Journal reports: Continue reading
“This year, the U.K. has had more than 1,200 cases of measles, after a record number of nearly 2,000 cases last year. The country once recorded only several dozen cases every year. It now ranks second in Europe, behind only Romania.” Continue reading
Congrats to The Lancet for stoking vaccine fears in 1998. Continue reading
The media release is below. Continue reading
MMR fears take hold? Continue reading
“Just over one in eight kids went undervaccinated due to parents’ choices.” Continue reading
While it can be challenging to keep up with the amount and quality of research coming out every day, having access to studies and the ability to examine the data and conclusions, along with all of the qualifiers, subtleties, uncertainties, flaws and peer debates, can help give us a balanced perspective and better understanding when we’re making informed health decisions for ourselves. Continue reading
How can you be fired for not getting a vaccine that probably doesn’t work in the first place? [WLWT.com]
TEN deaths have been linked to the nation’s flu immunisation program since the 2009 swine flu pandemic, including elderly patients and unborn babies. Continue reading
The U.S. appears headed for its worst year for whooping cough in more than five decades, with the number of cases rising at an epidemic rate that experts say may reflect a problem with the effectiveness of the vaccine. Continue reading
Research on the silk moth may have turned up a method for preserving fragile vaccines even in hot climates Continue reading
A couple of years ago, I contributed to a documentary with the intriguing title Catching Cancer. We don’t normally regard cancer as an infection, so it often comes as a surprise to learn that more than 20% of the global cancer burden can be attributed to infections, and that most of these infections are viruses.
To understand this link, we first need a basic understanding of cancer. Continue reading