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US Pediatricians can dismiss from practice children whose parents refuse to approve vaccination. What does this accomplish?

Health Headlines Commentary for August 31, 2016

Source: As More Parents Refuse Vaccines, More Doctors Dismiss Them — With AAP’s Blessing  

Forcing anti-vaxxer parents to take an immunization course will lead to the Backfire Effect

Health Headlines Commentary for May 13, 2016

Source: Ontario parents who object to vaccines could be forced to take a class in science of immunization Backfire Effect: The Misconception: When your beliefs are challenged with facts, you alter your opinions and incorporate the new information into your thinking. The Truth: When your deepest convictions are […]

Disinformation and mistrust leading to pockets of vaccine hesitancy

Health Headlines Commentary for December 18, 2015

Source: Vaccine ‘hesitancy’ persists among Canadian parents of young children, Ottawa survey suggests  

Sunday House Call, #539, July 12, 2015: The University of Quackademia

Sunday House Call, #539,  July 12, 2015: The University of Quackademia Topics today include:The University of Toronto Scarborough enters the quackademia arena, an antivaxer argues for autrism link with vaccines and ignores evidence, a classic illustration of confirmation bias, backfire effect, cherry-picking of studies, and causation fallacy, the causes of coronary artery disease and the […]

Childhood measles coming back to North America

Madely Health Headlines Commentary for September 13, 2013

Source:

U.S. measles cases in 2013 may be most in 17 years

MMR/autism paper fully retracted by the Lancet

Madely Health Headlines Commentary for February 3, 2010

Comment:

This is a story that we have covered extensively over the years on Sunday House Call. An excellent synopsis can be heard in our interview with Guardian columnist Dr. Ben Goldacre here.

I hold the some of the media just as responsible as Dr. Wakefield for this fiasco by sensationalizing news, promoting fear, and misrepresenting risk to peddle their stories. They are thus complicit in this MMR hoax. To see them react with such gusto against Wakefield and his research now that this paper has been completely retracted from publication epitomizes hypocrisy. They have learned nothing from their shameless behaviour and poor science reporting.

Source:

Lancet retracts study linking vaccine to autism

Reference:

The Lancet, Early Online Publication, 2 February 2010

Retraction—Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive developmental disorder in children

Following the judgment of the UK General Medical Council’s Fitness to Practise Panel on Jan 28, 2010, it has become clear that several elements of the 1998 paper by Wakefield et al1 are incorrect, contrary to the findings of an earlier investigation.2 In particular, the claims in the original paper that children were “consecutively referred” and that investigations were “approved” by the local ethics committee have been proven to be false. Therefore we fully retract this paper from the published record.

References

1 Wakefield AJ, Murch SH, Anthony A, et al. Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive developmental disorder in children. Lancet 1998; 351: 637-641. Summary | Full Text | PDF(758KB) | CrossRef | PubMed
2 Hodgson H. A statement by The Royal Free and University College Medical School and The Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust. Lancet 2004; 363: 824. Full Text | PDF(37KB) | CrossRef | PubMed
a The Lancet, London NW1 7BY, UK

Sunday House Call #287 for October 25, 2009 Special Vaccine and H1N1 edition

As the focus of attention turns to the H1N1 outbreak that is now occurring across the country, the public faces an array of information sources that will influence their opinion about vaccination. There have been many claims and critiques about the H1N1 vaccine and it has become a springboard to envelop other vaccines and vaccination […]

Examining claims of vaccine harm

As the focus of attention turns to the H1N1 outbreak that is now occurring across the country, the public faces an array of information sources that will influence their opinion about vaccination. There have been many claims and critiques about the H1N1 vaccine and it has become a springboard to envelop other vaccines and vaccination […]

The "Oprah"fication of Medicine

Original broadcast date: July 5, 2009

The general principle in science and medicine is to challenge claims and research findings in order to evaluate its veracity and repeatability. It takes evidence, solid evidence as the fuel for debate and contrarian viewpoints, not opinion based on anecdotal evidence.

To wit, the news that Oprah Winfrey is bankrolling ex-Playboy playmate Jenny McCarthy to broadcast her opinions about the dangers of vaccines is one of many instances where critical appraisal of data is being subjugated by celebrity opinion.

In an article originally published on the web site Science-Based Medicine, and an abridged version in the June 7, 2009 edition of the Toronto Star, Dr. David Gorski comments on antivaccine advocacy, bioidentical hormone claims, pseudoscience, alternative medicine, the law of unintended consequences, the logical fallacies that are used to support them and what he calls the Oprah-fication of medicine.


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