Topic: vaccines

Narcolepsy & H1N1: How Anti-Vaccine Hysteria Masks Real Risks Of Specific Shots

Narcolepsy & H1N1: How Anti-Vaccine Hysteria Masks Real Risks Of Specific Shots

We have to find ways to de-polarize the discussion around vaccines, a way to understand the overall benefits of immunization while also acknowledging the potential for specific, limited drawbacks to individual vaccines. This was made clear by the mockery one doctor received for suggesting a link between the H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine and narcolepsy—a link that’s been validated several times. More »

Jenny McCarthy, Anti-Vaccination Queen, Really Loves Botox

Jenny McCarthy, Anti-Vaccination Queen, Really Loves Botox

Jenny McCarthy is widely credited as one of the most vocal advocates for the anti-vaccine movement, following her son’s diagnosis with autism. McCarthy cites mercury in vaccines as the reason (though the doctor she initially cited has long since been deemed a fraud by the medical community)–but, apparently, the actor and model has no problem injecting toxins into her own skin, in the form of Botox. Huh. More »

If The CDC Wants More Kids Vaccinated, They Need To Assault Parents – With Information

If The CDC Wants More Kids Vaccinated, They Need To Assault Parents - With Information

School nurses, beware. Across the country, more and more parents are asking their pediatricians to either delay or exempt their kids from vaccines. In eight states, the AP reports, more than 1 in 20 kindergarten students aren’t getting the vaccines that are recommended before enrolling in school. In Washington State, 80% of pediatricians report being asked to delay their kids’ vaccine schedules. But parents aren’t doing it out of malice–they’re doing it out of skepticism about the safety. More »

Chicken Pox Lollipops: Gross, And Also Not A Safe Way To Avoid Vaccines

Chicken Pox Lollipops: Gross, And Also Not A Safe Way To Avoid Vaccines

According to WSMV-TV, a Nashville, Tennessee mom was selling lollipops contaminated with her kids’ chicken pox-laced saliva via social media networks, for $50 a pop. Can you say creepy? We wouldn’t put a used lollipop in our mouths, even if we DID know exactly where it came from. But gross-out factor aside, her “chicken pox lollipops” (or the more common “chicken pox parties”) also aren’t that safe. In fact, they could be a good way to increase your child’s risk of contracting hepatitis. More »

Would You Get An Addiction Vaccine To Stop Smoking?

Would You Get An Addiction Vaccine To Stop Smoking?

If a doctor told you he could give you a shot and you would cease to crave nicotine or fiend cocaine, would you rise to the occasion (or injection rather)? Dr. Kim D. Janda, a professor at the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, has devoted his life work around this very question. The entirety of his extensive research and trials have been dedicated to creating a shot that could break people free from the addictive chains of substance abuse. More »

Michele Bachmann Thinks That Gardasil Causes Mental Retardation. It Does Not.

Michele Bachmann Thinks That Gardasil Causes Mental Retardation. It Does Not.

As Republican hopefuls duke it out to see who will win the Presidential nomination for their party, they’ve stepped away from simple political debates, and into the world of public and sexual health. Unfortunately, at least one of them doesn’t seem to have all the information about how vaccines, particularly Merck’s HPV-preventing, cervical-cancer-protecting Gardasil, actually work. More »

Morning Links: Breast Implants Linked to Cancer

Morning Links: Breast Implants Linked to Cancer

Environmental Toxins Are Making You Fat – Study finds that our increased exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals (dubbed “obesogens“) is increasing our risk of obesity and related diseases, like diabetes. (Rodale)

Breast Implants Linked to Cancer – The F.D.A. announced yesterday that breast implants of any type are linked to cancer; a rare but treatable cancer of the immune system (not the breast). (New York Times)

Bill Gates Supports Vaccines – The prince of Abu Dhabi and Bill Gates pledged $50 million each to vaccine funds for children in Afghanistan and Pakistan. (Seattle Times) More »

Morning Links: Government Lowers Fluoride Levels in Tap Water

Morning Links: Government Lowers Fluoride Levels in Tap Water

Researchers Find Addiction Vaccine – Scientists have discovered a vaccine that could help humans kick cocaine, thanks to a molecule that turns the body’s immune system against the drug. (Mother Nature Network)

Too Much Fluoride – The federal government is lowering the fluoride level in drinking water for the first time in 50 years, due to adverse side effects like spotting on children’s teeth. (New York Times)

Clean, Vegan Recipe – If you’re trying to clean up your diet this New Year, try these taco bites, packed with quinoa and vegetables. (Green Lemonade) More »

Possible Breast Cancer Vaccine Discovered: A scientist at Cleveland Clinic has found a vaccine that prevents breast cancer in mice. If all goes well in human testing, the vaccine could be available in ten years. (via USA Today)