Category Archives: Vaccine

A shot in the dark? ‘Flu’ Manchu-type fears of evil pharma, plus frets over strains and safety, keep too many away from vaccine

By now I’ve learned to keep my flu shot habit a secret. Every year about this time, since I was 18 years old, I get vaccinated. But long ago I stopped telling people about it, so I don’t have to…

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What’s 10 minus Four? Not Six, Apparently

Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day, and when I reflect on AIDS, I generally do it with a sense of amazement about how far we have come in the treatment of HIV since AIDS first came to the attention of…

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‘Final Chapter’ on XMRV? Good Luck With That One

Viruses are on the border between living and dead. So are the theories about what some of them cause. Two studies were published last week that showed no link between xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus (XMRV) and either chronic fatigue…

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Grappling with the Ethics

With science boldly taking us where we’ve never gone before, we’re exploring new worlds and stretching the boundaries of our universe. While these are exciting times for the adventurer in us, they can be discomfiting for our inner ethicist. From…

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In Vaccines and Autism Debates, the Truth is That it’s Trust or Consequences

Editor’s note: Since Dr. Breindl first wrote about vaccines and autism in 2008, the paper linking the MMR vaccine to autism has been retracted by the journal that published it, and its author Andrew Wakefield has lost his medical license….

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