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New TB Vaccine successfully completes a small trial

A new vaccine against Tuberculosis has successfully completed an early trial. Developed by Glaxo Smithkline amd Aeras, the M72 vaccine reduced TB rates by more than half. The current vaccine against TB is Bacillus Calmette–Guérin (BCG). Its effectiveness in children … Continue reading

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Harmful childhood diseases

The inevitable has happened. In California, an infant has died of pertussis, the first such death since 2016. In France, the third measles death of 2018 has occurred. From the above report: As of July 08, 2018, 2646 cases reported … Continue reading

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A few last words, and goodbye

Earlier this year, I put up a page for antivaccine P.R.A.T.T.s (Points Refuted A Thousand Times). A few minutes ago, I added two more (the “Amish Anomaly” and the “Susceptible Subgroup”). This is almost certain to be the last time … Continue reading

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Dreading the outcome of the 2016 U.S Presidential Election

I’ve been watching the preliminary running in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. Donald Trump is the Republican Presidential Candidate while Hillary Clinton will likely be selected as the Democratic one. I am reminded of a comedian’s (John Pinette, perhaps?) comment … Continue reading

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Vaccines and autism, a wedding, predictions and a group to be banned

Some news stories caught my eye. Firstly, yet another study came to the conclusion that vaccines, and in particular thimerosal, do not cause autism. It was the follow up to a study which saw macaques given various vaccine schedules to … Continue reading

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From bad to even worse for anti-vaxxers

It’s been another horrible week for antivaxxers. A study, Autism Occurrence by MMR Vaccine Status Among US Children With Older Siblings With and Without Autism, was published. The researchers used data in the Optum Research Database. This database contains anonymised data … Continue reading

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The stupid, it burns

Sometimes you read something so patently ridiculous, you wonder what the authors/writers/researchers were thinking. The first stupid thing I read was a proposal to change the law in South Africa reduce the blood alcohol level of drivers to 0%. No … Continue reading

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