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Posts tagged ‘CDC’

I Liked Lambada Better

“A causal relationship between Zika virus infection and birth malformations and neurological syndromes has not yet been established, but is strongly suspected.” “Although a causal link…

The Myth of Measles Eradication

There’s a popular refrain that goes like this: “Measles was declared eradicated in the United States in 2000, but it has recently made a comeback because of declining vaccination rates.” Now, just how do we know that measles was eradicated in 2000? Well, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says so, of course. Here’s exactly what the…

Measles, Merck, and Fraud

The measles outbreak in the United States has fueled fear within the public and among legislators throughout the country intent on eliminating or severely restricting the right to informed consent by people who have questions about the efficacy, safety, and scheduling of certain vaccines. Get a grip. It’s measles, not Ebola. Referring to the…

The Trouble With Traces

Perhaps the most common critique of President Obama is that he is too nuanced. He sees the world in shades of grey instead of black and white. The guy’s nice enough, but he just doesn’t get that things are either good or bad, right or wrong. All this subtlety business is for the birds. Either something is true or it’s false. Right? So when the Centers…

Whooping Cough Outbreaks: Correlation is Not Causality

The outbreak of pertussis, or “whooping cough,” in California this year (about 8,000 cases so far) has again spawned countless articles in newspapers throughout the United States blaming the unvaccinated community for the outbreak. The headlines provide a sense of the obvious bias. Headlines such as “Did Poor Vaccine Response Contribute…