Vaccines–once more with emphasis

As I’ve discussed previously, I find the anti-vaccine movement, linking cases of autism to pediatric vaccinations, to be based on pseudoscientific principles.  There are several individuals that have pushed this quackery, but one of the more visible is Jenny McCarthy, ex-Playboy Playmate of the Year (no, I’m not going to…

Good job vaccine denialists

The anti-vaccinationsts have had a lot of success in Europe recently.  According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, they report these rather gloomy statistics for measles during the Jan-Oct, 2011 time period: France–nearly 15,000 measles cases Italy–over 4,500 cases Spain–almost 1,900 cases Europe–over 28,000 cases Measles is…

Seth Mnookin: The Autism Vaccine Controversy and the Need for Responsible Science Journalism

Seth Mnookin: The Autism Vaccine Controversy and the Need for Responsible Science Journalism. The Huffington Post is not known for it's pro-science editorial content, but I do appreciate that Mnookin writes there.  The irony is kind of dripping that the article is a plea for responsible science journalism, when it's…

Legal thuggery, antivaccine edition, part 3: Andrew Wakefield rallying the troops : Respectful Insolence

Legal thuggery, antivaccine edition, part 3: Andrew Wakefield rallying the troops : Respectful Insolence. The arrogant, narcissistic Andrew Wakefield is going to bring  a lawsuit against Brian Deer, the dogged Times of London reporter who not only uncovered that the original Lancet article authored by Wakefield was filled with errors,…