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Entries from April 2009

Dr. Gordon retracts libelous statements

April 24th, 2009 · 8 Comments · Kudos

Tweet Kudos to Jay Gordon, MD, FAAP, for retracting all but one of the baseless charges he made in Monday’s Huffington Post column. We understand his need to save face with the base. But there’s still work to do if Gordon is serious about reforming extremist anti-vaccine rhetoric, and this is a nice start. Gordon, […]

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Ignorance is no defense for Dr. Jay

April 22nd, 2009 · 8 Comments · Serious overreach

Tweet It was bad enough when the Michigan Law Review published Dr. Jay Gordon’s “expert opinion” that parents could not be sued for damages if their unvaccinated child infected someone else. And although his star turn as legal scholar was marred by his own factual errors, and up-staged by case law, our Pediatrician to the […]

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Homegrown rumors

April 22nd, 2009 · 1 Comment · Urban legend

Tweet In his story about a resurgence of polio in Africa, Don McNeil at the New York Times writes: Despite more than 20 years of eradication efforts, two strains of polio have spread out from northern Nigeria and northern India — both places where many Muslims have resisted vaccines because of rumors that vaccine efforts […]

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Snyderman speaks out

April 16th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Kudos

Tweet Dr. Nancy Snyderman is mad as hell and she’s not taking it anymore: I received the most vicious e-mails and letters I have ever received in 20 years of reporting. I was ambushed at 30 Rockefeller Plaza (where NBC News is located) by a reporter who came armed with a camera and screamed that […]

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Nature and nurture at AutismOne

April 14th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Housecleaning, Junk science

Tweet Universal assent is like oxygen to the anti-vaccine movement. While scientists debate, question, and squabble amongst themselves, vaccine rejectionists nurture one another with sympathy and shared delusions. OK, fine. To each his own. I just wish they could be more honest about the nature of their movement. I bring this up because I was […]

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