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Donald Trump’s monster shot

April 2nd, 2012 · 4 Comments · anecdotes, Serious overreach

Tweet Just in time for World Autism Awareness Day, but too late for April Fools Day, Donald Trump tells us what he knows about vaccines and autism. Speaking by telephone from his underground hair bunker, Donald Trump told the Fox and Friends couch potatoes this morning: “I have a theory, and it’s a theory that […]

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Measles outbreak at a glance

March 31st, 2011 · 5 Comments · Miseducation, Urban legend

Tweet The Minnesota Department of Health has so far confirmed 14 cases of measles, six eight of which have required hospitalization. All but one of the cases has been linked to an unvaccinated Somali child who picked up the disease during a trip to Kenya. MDH daily updates can be seen here. Of the 14 […]

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AMC says no to shouting fire in a crowded theater

November 21st, 2010 · 6 Comments · Critical thinking, Urban legend

Tweet AMC has killed plans to screen an anti-vaccine group’s paid ads at dozens of theaters over Thanksgiving weekend. The theater giant’s announcement followed a successful protest and online petition started five days ago by Mayo Clinic pediatrician Dr. Robert Jacobson. After more than 1,000 persons backed Jacobson’s call, an AMC spokesperson left this online […]

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AAP launches “Protect Tomorrow Campaign”

April 27th, 2010 · No Comments · Urban legend

Tweet The bumps and bruises of childhood can’t always be avoided, but there is no reason for children to suffer from infectious diseases that can be prevented by vaccines. Polio, measles, diphtheria, whooping cough (pertussis) and other illnesses are often thought of as diseases of past generations. While today’s parents may not have experienced these […]

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2010 Doctoral Training Award Recipients Announced

February 8th, 2010 · No Comments · Urban legend

Tweet The Autism Science Foundation has awarded $180,000 in grants to six pre-doctoral students who are pursuing careers in basic and clinical scientific research relevant to autism spectrum disorders. The money will be distributed to student/mentor teams conducting research in autism treatment, biomarkers, animal models, and epidemiology. The grants come after less than ten months […]

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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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Olmsted Lied, People Laughed:
The “Amish Anomaly” hoax

October 29th, 2009 · 18 Comments · Urban legend

Tweet By David N. Brown This is a PUBLIC DOMAIN document (dated 10/17/09).  It may be copied, forwarded, cited, circulated or posted elsewhere.  The author requests only that it not be altered from its current form. Dan Olmsted’s “big break” for coverage of the vaccine-caused autism coverage was a series of stories about two claims: […]

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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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Action News 6 buries the lead

February 4th, 2009 · 8 Comments · Miseducation, Urban legend

Tweet Philadelphia’s Action News 6 covered all the bases when reporting on parents who deliberately expose their children to a potentially dangerous disease via chicken pox parties. Cue well-meaning but dangerously misinformed mother. Quote doctors who set the record straight. Close with mom’s opposing view. It’s a wrap. What’s wrong with this picture? The piece […]

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Attorney Clifford Shoemaker v. bloggers

April 6th, 2008 · 14 Comments · Urban legend

Tweet There’s a reason the public holds attorneys in only slightly higher esteem than arms smugglers and crack whores, and his name is Clifford Shoemaker. Where most people view autism as a developmental delay, Shoemaker sees boat payments. For 20 years, he’s been gaming vaccine court, and making the big bucks, according to an investigation […]

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