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Entries from December 2009

2009 Ashley Awards

December 28th, 2009 · 8 Comments · Careless sourcing, Housecleaning

Tweet News and entertainment media coverage of autism and vaccines in 2009 will be remembered best for some outstanding works of investigative journalism. The Chicago Tribune schooled the moribund newspaper industry with two blockbuster exposés on autism quackery and child abuse. In May the paper introduced America to two physicians who rake in big bucks […]

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Old news in a shiny package

December 20th, 2009 · 12 Comments · Critical thinking, Miseducation

Tweet Friday’s long-awaited release of the CDC’s autism prevalence report revealed a long-ignored, disturbing trend: our news and entertainment media still don’t get it. ”Autism affects about 1 in every 110 American children, a 57 percent increase over the last estimate in 2002,” said the Philadelphia Inquirer. “The new data represent a 50% increase from […]

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AAP launches Healthychildren.org

December 10th, 2009 · 6 Comments · Urban legend

Tweet The American Academy of Pediatric’s new on-line resource is designed to counter the internet’s bewildering crush of unfiltered and questionable health advice. HealthyChildren.org offers credible, up-to-the-minute health advice and guidance for parents and caregivers, along with interactive tools and personalized content. “Parents have hundreds of questions about their children’s health, and they want detailed […]

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Michael Specter on The Daily Show

December 4th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Critical thinking, Kudos

Tweet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c Michael Specter www.thedailyshow.com Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Health Care Crisis Add Michale Specter’s name to the anti-vaccination movement’s enemies list. The New Yorker magazine columnist and science writer is promoting his book, Denialism, where he gives vaccine rejectionism a deserved […]

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