If vaccines are as bad as anti-vaccine people and groups claim that they are, where is the evidence? We've seen other diseases and conditions be identified and dealt with. Why not these bad vaccine outcomes? Could it be that it's not as bad as antivaxxers say it is?
A new study from Denmark shows that 1% of the children studied were diagnosed as autistic. Does that mean that the prevalence of autism in Denmark is lower than that of the United States (2.7%)? Nope. Not by a long shot.
I think I need to start this blog post by clarifying something that several people have failed to understand when reading what I write or listening to me talk about the so-called "vaccine-autism connection." I don't have any children, so I don't know what it is like to be a parent. My parent-like experiences range [...]
Another week, another online and anonymous accusation that I am a "vax shill." The term means that I am somehow getting money or some other form of material benefit from defending vaccine science. Some weird dude from Pennsylvania would like to take credit for creating that label, but these accusations have been around since the days [...]
You have probably heard by now about a documentary spliced together by known anti-vaccine fraud Andrew Wakefield. I write that it was "spliced together" because so much of it is non-linear. There's no introduction, thesis statement, and supporting facts. It's all a hodge podge of talking heads, testimonials, spliced sampling of a recorded conversation of [...]
Television shows have been around for several generations now. They have entertained and even educated us on all sorts of things about life. Some do a good job while others don't. A recent show on the Disney Channel "tackled" the issue of autism. They did a good job, for the most part. Here are some of my thoughts.
The professor of the health communications class where I am a teaching assistant is very adamant about "awareness" campaigns. He says that, sure, people can be aware of something, but we in public health are not here to make them aware. We're here to make them act on whatever the media, the government, their friends, [...]
My wife and I went to talk at the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association a couple of weeks ago. Our talk was about the things that work in autism treatment, and the quackery things that don't. Mrs. N took care of talking about autism in general and the medications that are prescribed at times to [...]
Remember Dr. Brian S. Hooker? The PhD who published a seriously flawed -- and now retracted -- study in which he said that the MMR vaccine caused autism in African American male boys? Yeah, that one. Well, it appears that he has been busy trying to form a case for the legal action he has [...]
When we last talked about Dr. Brian S. Hooker and his research into autism and the MMR vaccine, I told you about how the journal article published in Translational Neurodegeneration had been removed. Today comes news that the article has been retracted.