Gardasil safety and efficacy – debunking the HPV vaccine myths

This is the 2nd out of 13 most popular articles on Skeptical Raptor for the 2016 Year in Review. It’s all about debunking the Gardasil safety and efficacy myths. Recently, I read an article published in Pediatrics that described how educating either teenagers or their parents about HPV vaccinations had little effect on the…

Enterovirus 68 – don’t blame vaccines or pesticides

A while ago, I reported on an outbreak of a mysterious viral disease that exhibited polio-like symptoms. At the time, around 23 children and young adults were afflicted with the disease. Some of them tested positive for enterovirus 68 (known as EV-68 or EV-D68), a member of a genus of viruses that includes over 66 different species that can…

Chickenpox can kill – it’s a myth to believe otherwise

Some parents, who refuse vaccinations to protect their kids, employ a dangerous method to "naturally immunize" their children against chickenpox – the pox party. Essentially, parents intentionally infect their children with chickenpox by having them around other children who have the active infection. But what these ignorant parents fail to see…

Zombie research – epidemiology, prevention and treatment

Zombie research on the potential of a massive zombie outbreaks has become an important focus of science and medicine recently. Zombies are known as biters, cold bodies, creepers, dead ones, floaters, geeks, lamebrains, lurkers, monsters, roamers, rotters, skin eaters, and walkers, according to the historical TV show The Walking Dead. Other historical documents have…
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