Three years ago, I reviewed Seth Mnookin’s book The Panic Virus. In that review, I noted the importance of science reporting in assisting the public’s understanding of scientific research and science in general. Keeping this in mind, I want to highlight an article from the Ottawa Citizen by Elizabeth Payne, a Postmedia health reporter. The …

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The book The Panic Virus by Seth Mnookin inspired my blogging project for the summer, which was vaccines. The author explores why the myth that vaccines cause developmental disorders persists despite extensive research that demonstrates just the opposite. http://sethmnookin.com/the-panic-virus/ Mnookin follows the course of a theory by a now discredited British gastroenterologist, Andrew Wakefield, that …

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The anti-vaccine movement fascinates me. The proof that vaccines prevent debilitating and often mortal illnesses is so well-established and so widely accepted by the scientific community that I just cannot understand how people examining this evidence honestly can fail to see its veracity. However, in every decision not to get the flu vaccine personally, in …

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