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I was reading the obituary of the recently passed lefty journalist Doug Ireland. I didn’t know he was a polio sufferer. He seems rather young for it. But then there was this: At 10, according to a newspaper report, he was admitted to a hospital with polio, given an emergency tracheotomy and placed in an […]

Dengue Fever

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On November 5, 2013

So I hear Dengue Fever is coming to my town and I hope it is this: Unfortunately, it is this: This past summer, Aedes aegypti—the invasive African mosquito best known for carrying the potentially de

Measles

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On August 25, 2013
Who could have guessed that anti-vaccination idiocy would lead to illness? A measles outbreak in Texas traces to a congregation of a megachurch whose leader, Kenneth Copeland, reportedly has warned followers away from vaccines, advocating for faith healing and pushing the debunked notion that vaccines cause autism. One of Copeland’s churches, Eagle Mountain International Church […]

On Tanning Salons

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On August 20, 2013

Not that fashion is exactly my wheelhouse, but this piece on the growth of tanning salon use among white teenage women and the very real health risks involved is worth a mention, not only because it i

More on Gratuitous Sexism

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On July 11, 2012
To build slightly on Scott’s post, let me recommend Lindsay Beyerstein’s excellent piece today decrying those who use Jenny McCarthy’s nude modeling as a reason to dismiss her crazy anti-vaccine views. McCarthy’s career is totally irrelevant to the issue. She is wrong and dangerous because she is a public figure who has the power to […]

Malaria Vaccination

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On October 19, 2011

In an incredibly great piece of public health news, researchers are getting very close to developing a vaccination against malaria. The first study showed the risk of malaria cut in half across seven

A new study makes some audacious claims about the supposed value of breastfeeding. Apparently, such claims are both very common and very controversial. I’m not familiar with the relevant epidemiological literature, but I suspect that debates in this area are influenced heavily by, among other things, the economic interests of formula makers, the cultural politics […]
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