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A. Picazo: Inoculating Against Science-Denialism

This op-ed appeared in The Ottawa Citizen on February 10, 2015. There’s an illness sweeping its way across North America, one which has long-troubled the scientific community and baffled even the most seasoned medical expert. This problem isn’t new, but was once considered primarily a threat to underdeveloped nations which have yet to fully reap . . . → Read More: A. Picazo: Inoculating Against Science-Denialism

centre of the universe: You’re to Blame

I wasn’t going to say anything about this, but as usual, semantics made me do it. Because we live in a free and democratic first-world country (except for those places you don’t want to walk through), you get to choose not to vaccinate your children, and your reasons for that don’t matter. Good for you. . . . → Read More: centre of the universe: You’re to Blame

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: The dangerous idiocy of the anti-vax movement

Measles is on the rise in Canada. There have already been many cases in 2014: in PEI, London, Ottawa, southern Alberta, Regina, Qu’Apelle, Calgary, Fraser Valley (320 cases), Hamilton, Halton, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Waterloo, Nanaimo and other locations. Eleven cases in Ontario this year alone. Nine in Alberta. That ancient, deadly foe we recently believed we . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: The dangerous idiocy of the anti-vax movement

The Disaffected Lib: Society of Ob-Gyns Wants Boys Vaccinated for HPV

Canada’s Society of Obstetricians & Gynecologists has set the cat among the fundamentalist pigeons this time.   They want all Canadian provinces to follow Prince Edward Island’s lead and make HPV vaccination available to boys as well as girls.

HPV, or human papillomavirus, is generally considered a disease transmitted unknowingly by infected males to females.  There’s . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Society of Ob-Gyns Wants Boys Vaccinated for HPV

bastard.logic: Big Pharma Cashing In On Global South Vaccination?

The Graun:

Médecins sans Frontières (MSF), the Nobel prize-winning organisation working on the frontline in remote and conflict areas, says vaccines bought with UK and other donor governments’ money cost too much and are not designed for the needs of hot and impoverished countries. When the pot of money subsidising the high prices of . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: Big Pharma Cashing In On Global South Vaccination?

wRanter.com: Slicing through ignorant anti-circumcision rhetoric

FB.Event.subscribe(‘edge.create’, function(response) { _gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’SocialSharing’,’Facebook – like button’,unescape(String(response).replace(/\+/g, ” “))]); }); Share this: Every once in a while, the subject of circumcising male newborns and boys rears its ugly head – no pun intended – and the discussion rarely takes long to veer into ethnocentrism, if not outright intolerance. With the best of intentions, . . . → Read More: wRanter.com: Slicing through ignorant anti-circumcision rhetoric