Oct 242011
Medical News Today: Flu Vaccine Protects Pregnant Woman's Baby And Does Not Cause Miscarriage

READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT MEDICAL NEWS TODAY Apart from protecting a newborn infant from flu for four months, the flu vaccine does not raise the risk of miscarriage, Kathleen Neuzil, MD, member of the Infectious Disease Society of America’s Pandemic Influenza Task Force explained at their 49th Annual Meeting. Various presentations at the meeting are showing that pregnant mothers are getting the message not only about the flu shot’s importance, but also its safety. A newborn whose mother was not vaccinated is particularly vulnerable to flu because he/she is more likely not to be born with protective immunity and cannot be ———->FULL ARTICLE

Apr 082011

Given that April is Autism Awareness Month, it seemed appropriate to briefly discuss the early history of the autism-vaccine hypothesis. Though this alleged link is often stated as having begun with Andrew Wakefield’s 1998 Lancet paper, Trine Tsouderos, a science journalist at the Chicago Tribune, reminded the audience at a recent panel discussion on vaccines in New York City, it really began in 1982 with a television documentary by Lea Thompson called DPT: Vaccine Roulette. The film, which earned Thompson an Emmy Award, caused hysteria by suggesting the DPT (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus) vaccine was dangerous and propelled Thompson into the ———->FULL ARTICLE

Mar 162011
The vaccinated vs unvaccinated study - a.k.a. The German Study

I have previously reported on a newish trend in anti-vaccine propaganda, the “vaccinated vs. unvaccinated study” gambit. The anti-vaccine proponents have retreated to this new position after the thimerosal, MMR-autism and other hypotheses of theirs were shown to be worthless. This …..strategy is well known to anyone with a basic understanding of logic as moving the goal post. Superficially, the request does not sound unreasonable. Why not compare the non-vaccinated with the vaccinated and see if there is any increased risks with vaccination? To be clear, I am not against such research being done, to the limit it can practically ———->FULL ARTICLE

Mar 122011

This is part 3 of my report on the book launch for Vaccine Epidemic: How Corporate Greed, Biased Science, and Coercive Government Threaten Our Human Rights, Our Health, and Our Children, held at New York University (part 1 and part 2). In this installment, I’ll cover the second panel discussion on the topic of personal injury stories moderated by Kim Mack Rosenberg. Yes,it’s a panel discussion on anecdotal evidence. This is also the subject of the whole second section of the book. To get a better understanding of why anecdotes are viewed by science as notoriously weak forms of evidence, ———->FULL ARTICLE

Mar 032011

Last week, I began my 4-part report on the book launch for Vaccine Epidemic: How Corporate Greed, Biased Science, and Coercive Government Threaten Our Human Rights, Our Health, and Our Children, held at New York University. In part 1, I covered the ten-minute introduction by the book’s co-authors, Louise Habakus and Mary Holland. In this second installment,  I’ll look at the first of the three panel discussions. I apologize if I seem to editorialize a little more  or become snarkier in part 2, but some of the statements made by the panel were quite audacious and difficult to treat as ———->FULL ARTICLE

Feb 182011
Formaldehyde fears without merit

Vaccine critics often cite specific ingredients in the vaccines as their chief concern. As Leart pointed out in an article here several days ago, sometimes these alleged dangerous ingredients aren’t even really in the vaccines. Of course, more often than not, vaccine critics manage to at least point to ingredients that actually are in the vaccines. One such “toxic” ingredient popularly cited as a reason vaccines aren’t safe is formaldehyde. According to one anti-vaccine website: In the body, formaldehyde can cause proteins to irreversibly bind to DNA. Laboratory animals exposed to large doses of inhaled formaldehyde over their lifetimes have ———->FULL ARTICLE

The Flu Vaccine and Narcolepsy

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Feb 092011

READ THE FULL ENTRY AT SCIENCE BASED MEDICINE Last year it was reported that there was a possible increase in narcolepsy, a sleep disorder characterized by excessive sleepiness, in children who had received the Pandemrix brand of H1N1 flu vaccine in Sweden, Finland, and Iceland. However a review of the data did not find a convincing connection, although concluded there was insufficient data at present and recommended further surveillance. A narcolepsy task force was formed in Finland, and now we have their preliminary report. They conclude that the evidence suggests there is a connection: Based on the preliminary analyses, the ———->FULL ARTICLE

Dec 142010

READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT NEUROLOGICA H1N1 Vaccine and Miscarriages But back to the main story – Adams and other anti-vaccine cranks have been claiming that the H1N1 vaccine is associated with an increased risk of miscarriage (loss of a child prior to 20 weeks) and still birth (loss after 20 weeks) – collectively called spontaneous abortions. This claim is not based upon any scientific data, however. Adams based the Natural News article (actually written by staff writer Ethan Huff) on this report by the National Coalition of Organized Women (NCOW). This article is also not a scientific report, but ———->FULL ARTICLE