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What anti-vaxxers are actually afraid of (it's not all about autism)

University of Pittsburgh researchers identified four major trends fueling the anti-vaxx movement. Using comments originating from a Facebook video, they documented 197 profiles as the basis of their paper. Every major medical institution agrees that vaccines are safe and effective, but the movement persists thanks to false information spread online. None Andrew Wakefield's infamous 1998 study connecting autism with the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine raised skeptical eyebrows shortly ...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Facebook, Texas, Science, Biology, Medicine, California, Medical Research, Innovation, Vaccines, Pittsburgh, Trump, Derek, University of Pittsburgh, Seigel

Instagram Purges Its Platform of Some Popular Anti-Vaccine Hashtags, But Others Are Still Thriving

Following an investigative report by the Atlantic on the prevalence of misinformation on Instagram, the company appears to be scrubbing its platform of some popular anti-vaxxer content.Read more...
Tags: Instagram, Conspiracy Theories, Vaccines, Antivaxxers, Social Media, Facebook

GoFundMe says anti-vaccine fundraising campaigns violate terms of service, will be taken down

Online fundraising service GoFundMe says any campaigns created on the platform that promote misinformation about vaccines automatically violate its terms of service, and will be removed. Anti-vax grifters have reportedly raised over $170,000 for their bogus anti-science message on GoFundMe, and the dangerous message they spread can lead to human deaths. “Campaigns raising money to promote misinformation about vaccines violate GoFundMe’s terms of service and will be removed from the platform,” ...
Tags: Post, Anti-vax, Anti-vaxx, Antivax, Antivaxx, Antivaxxers, GoFundMe, Health, Public Health, Science, Vaccines

Kentucky Family Sues Local Health Department Over School Ban of Unvaccinated Children

A Kentucky teen and his family are suing their local health department over its attempt to protect the public from the chickenpox virus.Read more...
Tags: Science, Kentucky, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines, Antivaxxers, Chickenpox

Twitter CEO's Newest Podcast Bud Is a Guy Who Claims Vaccines Cause Autism

Man, it would be great if tech CEOs would maybe not appear as guests for podcasts during which they smoke blunts or engage in casual conversation with anti-vaxxers. And yet here we are.Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Autism, Never Tweet, Vaccines, Jack Dorsey

Amazon Pulls Books Peddling Toxic "Autism Cures"

Amazon has pulled two books peddling pseudoscientific “autism cures” that promote giving children potentially toxic chemical baths and medication for mercury poisoning.Read more...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Science, Autism, Vaccines, Antivaxxers, Pseudo Science, Dont Feed Your Children Bleach, Amazon Pulls Books Peddling Toxic Autism Cures

Italy Begins to Enforce 'No Vaccines, No School' Policy After Deadline Expires

Italian schools have begun turning away children who have not received mandatory vaccinations after a temporary waiver expired, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, with at least 300 children told they could not attend kindergarten in the city of Bologna this week.Read more...
Tags: Health, Europe, Science, Medicine, New York Times, Italy, MMR, Outbreak, Vaccines, Bologna, Measles, Antivaxxers

Italy Begins to Enforce 'No Vaccine, No School' Policy After Deadline Expires

Italian schools have begun turning away children who have not received mandatory vaccinations after a temporary waiver expired, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, with at least 300 children told they could not attend kindergarten in the city of Bologna this week.Read more...
Tags: Health, Europe, Science, Medicine, New York Times, Italy, MMR, Outbreak, Vaccines, Bologna, Measles, Antivaxxers

Health Officials Warn New Yorkers to Vaccinate Their Pets as Rabid Raccoons Appear in Manhattan

The Big Apple is staring down a problem it hasn’t seen in roughly eight years: rabid raccoons in Manhattan.Read more...
Tags: Science, Pets, New York City, Manhattan, Vaccines, Raccoons, Rabies, Rabid Raccoons

I Love Vaccines. Which Ones Can I Get as an Adult?

The anti-vaccination movement has more than earned its latest round of bad press. The U.S. is currently dealing with several outbreaks of measles, a disease effectively wiped out by routine childhood vaccination in the country two decades ago. And just this week, Oregon doctors reported that a six-year-old boy had to…Read more...
Tags: Science, Oregon, Infectious Diseases, Hepatitis, Flu, Vaccines, Antivaxxers, Tetanus, Shingles

It Took Two Months and Nearly a Million Dollars to Save an Unvaccinated 6-Year-Old From Tetanus

A new case report from the Centers for Disease Control released Thursday starkly highlights the costs of not vaccinating children. It details a unvaccinated 6-year-old boy’s encounter with tetanus—and the hugely expensive, two-month-long effort it took to save his life.Read more...
Tags: Science, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines, Centers for Disease Control, Antivaxxers, Tetanus

UK Health Service Chief Says 'Fake News' on Social Media Contributes to Increase in Measles Cases

NHS England chief Simon Stevens is among the many officials publicly addressing the wave of social media campaigns spreading dangerous misinformation about vaccinations amid ongoing preventable outbreaks.Read more...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Science, NHS, Simon Stevens, Vaccinations, Vaccines, Measles, Antivaxxers, Anti Vaccination, Social Media Contributes

Amazon Appears to Yank Anti-Vaxxer Documentaries From Prime Video Streaming

Following an open letter from Representative Adam Schiff calling on Jeff Bezos to curb the promotion of anti-vaccination content and videos on Amazon, it appears his website has done just that.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Vaccinations, Jeff Bezos, Vaccines, Adam Schiff, Measles, Antivaxxers, Amazon Appears

What if you were immune to chronic pain? Vaccines could make it happen.

Alzheimer's disease and unintentional deaths (like opioid overdoses and suicides) have been driving down U.S. longevity statistics for three consecutive years – a trend not seen since the Spanish flu pandemic. Our current approach to treating chronic pain is drug-based, but a vaccine-based approach can cut addiction out of the equation. You can vaccinate against pain! Scientists are developing vaccines for migraines and sciatica, which will lower the need for opioids, be cheaper, and make dr...
Tags: Health, Science, Medicine, Drugs, Future, Brain, Medical Research, Innovation, Addiction, Alzheimer's, Mind, Vaccines, Narcotics

Texas Lawmaker Completely Unconcerned About Measles Outbreak Because of 'Antibiotics'

Some lawmakers in Texas are apparently very unworried about the growing number of epidemics across the country involving diseases once nearly eradicated by vaccines, including a five-county one in their state. A few of them are even pushing a bill that would make it even easier to opt out of vaccinations, the Texas…Read more...
Tags: Health, Texas, Science, Medicine, Outbreak, Vaccines, Conspiracy Theories, Measles, Antivaxxers

Arizona House Panel Votes to Expand Vaccine Exemptions Amid Ongoing Measles Outbreak

As the measles outbreak in the Pacific Northwest continues to worsen, an Arizona House panel has reportedly approved multiple bills to expand vaccine exemptions in the state, the Arizona Republic reported Friday.Read more...
Tags: Science, Washington, Arizona, MMR, Vaccines, Pacific Northwest, Arizona House, Arizona Republic, Outbreaks, Measles, Arizona House Panel Votes

YouTube Pulls Ads From Anti-Vaccination Videos That Violate Its Ad Policies

YouTube has removed ads from videos that promoted anti-vaccination rhetoric and violated its ad policies, BuzzFeed News reported Friday. The site reported that at least seven advertisers were unaware that their brands were being attached to this kind of content and despite the fact that YouTube’s ad policies aren’t…
Tags: Science, Youtube, Vaccines, BuzzFeed News, Antivaxxers

136 People Have Died in Measles Outbreak in the Philippines Linked to Vaccination Fears, Official Says

Thousands of people have been infected in a measles outbreak that has been linked to the deaths of 136 people, according to the Philippine health secretary on Monday. The Associated Press reported that most of those who died were young children, with roughly half between the ages of 1 and 4.Read more...
Tags: Science, Washington, Oregon, Philippines, Associated Press, Vaccines, Measles, Philippines Linked

Washington Lawmakers Advance Bill to Ban Vaccine Exemptions for Personal Reasons Amid Measles Outbreak

A measles outbreak in Washington state has prompted outcry over exemptions that allow residents to opt out of vaccinations for personal or philosophical reasons.Read more...
Tags: Science, Washington, Vaccines, Pacific Northwest, Measles, Measles Outbreak

This Year's Flu Vaccine Is Actually Pretty Effective —and It's Not Too Late to Get it

This winter’s U.S. flu season hasn’t been and won’t be anywhere near as devastating as the historic season that killed 80,000 Americans last year. That might make latecomers eager to brush aside the idea of getting a flu vaccine. But a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should hopefully…Read more...
Tags: Science, Infectious Diseases, Epidemics, Flu, Influenza, Vaccines, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention

Facebook Swears It's Going to Do a Better Job at Not Spreading Dangerous Anti-Vaccine Content

Facebook is considering ways it could prevent the spread of dangerous anti-vaccination content on the platform.Read more...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Science, Vaccines, Antivaxxers

Hmm, This Anti-Vaccination Rally Amid a Major Measles Outbreak Is a Little Too on the Nose

Amid a measles outbreak in Washington state that officials have confirmed has spread to at least 51 people and suspect to have spread to over a dozen others, hundreds of people showed up to a rally on Friday to demand the right to keep exposing their kids to the possibility of contracting easily prevented, potentially…Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Medicine, Washington, MMR, Outbreak, Vaccines, Measles, Antivaxxers, Vaccinate Your Children, Mmr Vaccine, Anti Vaccination Rally Amid

2019 already boasts more measles cases than all of 2010

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has recorded 79 measles cases in 2019.Three outbreaks are responsible for the high number of cases, particularly an outbreak in Washington State that's affected at least 50 people so far.The measles vaccine is effective, though vaccine hesitancy and the virus' extremely contagious nature put some communities at risk. None Americans reported more measles cases in the first weeks of 2019 than all of 2010, according to the Center for Disease Control and...
Tags: New York, Science, Washington Post, Cdc, Washington, New York City, New York Times, Innovation, Disease, Illness, Houston, Portland Oregon, Vaccines, Washington State, Mayo Clinic, Portland Trailblazers

44 Cases of Measles Confirmed in Washington State Amid Ongoing Outbreak

The measles outbreak that led Washington Governor Jay Inslee to declare a public health emergency last month has worsened, with a dozen more cases of the highly contagious virus confirmed since.Read more...
Tags: Science, Washington, Vaccines, Jay Inslee, Outbreaks, Measles, Measles Outbreak, Cases of Measles Confirmed

‘Tragic and preventable’: Measles outbreak spreads across anti-vaccine ‘hotspot’ in Washington

The outbreak occurred in an area described by one doctor as a 'hotspot' for outbreaks due to its extraordinarily high number of unvaccinated children.The parents of children in Washington, Oregon and 16 other states are allowed to apply for personal or philosophical exemptions from the vaccines required to get into public school.The World Health Organization calls the propensity not to get vaccinated 'vaccine hesitancy', and the organization said one of its goals over the next 5 years is to decr...
Tags: Science, Washington Post, Washington, Oregon, Innovation, Portland, Disease, Who, World Health Organization, Houston, Vaccines, World Health Organization WHO, Washington Oregon, Baylor College of Medicine, National School of Tropical Medicine, Clark County

Ebola, HIV, Antivaxxers: The World Health Organization Names 2019's Global Health Threats

The World Health Organization has firmly set its sights on the anti-vaccination movement. In a post this week, WHO listed vaccine hesitancy as one of the world’s top health threats to combat in 2019, right alongside other major problems like HIV, Ebola, and climate change.Read more...
Tags: Science, Public Health, World Health Organization, Vaccines, The World Health Organization, Antivaxxers, Pseudo Science

4 anti-scientific beliefs and their damaging consequences

Fifty years later after one of the greatest achievements of mankind, there's a growing number of moon landing deniers. They are part of a larger trend of anti-scientific thinking.Climate change, anti-vaccination and other assorted conspiratorial mindsets are a detriment and show a tangible impediment to fostering real progress or societal change. All of these separate anti-scientific beliefs share a troubling root of intellectual dishonesty and ignorance.We are living in an increasingly more co...
Tags: New York, Science, Climate Change, Earth, Innovation, United Nations, Grimes, Vaccines, Flat Earth, Carl Sagan, Alexandria, Moon Landing, Disney World, Andrew Wakefield, David Robert Grimes, Harrison Schmitt

Anti-vaccine movement is powered by ‘hysteresis’, study reveals

A new study explores society's relatively poor vaccination coverage through the lens of hysteresis, a phenomenon that describes how systems are dependent on their history.The results show how 'imperfect vaccines' and episodes of public confusion can result in sharp drops in population-wide immunization rates, and how it can take years for those rates to recover.By promoting an individual's choice to get vaccinated as an altruistic behavior, societies might be able to reach vaccination goals soon...
Tags: Math, England, New York, Science, Medicine, Wales, Innovation, Vaccines, Royal Society B, Andrew Wakefield, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Fu, Xingru Chen

New York Is Dealing With an Old Enemy—Measles

New York is in the midst of an outbreak of measles, a childhood disease that shouldn’t really exist in the U.S. any longer. On Tuesday, NBC News reported, New York health officials said the state has seen more than 100 cases of the vaccine-preventable disease since last September—a tally not seen in decades. The…Read more...
Tags: New York, Science, Nbc News, Outbreak, Vaccines, Measles, Antivaxxers

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