A Rinderpest epidemic in the 1900ies (image FAO).
In the last few weeks and in the general indifference of media everywhere, the FAO has been celebrating an event of rather tremendous import: Rinderpest was officially declared eradicated, joining smallpox in the all too short list of such eradicated diseases. This
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I’ve written previously about how difficult and also how important it is to apply critical thinking to parenting. There are myriad internal and external pressures to be a “perfect” parent, and the criteria for perfection varies across different social groups. Parents can bond or bicker over all kinds of emotionally-charged issues: how to
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Originally published http://science-at-home.org/wakefield-mmr/
I’ve written a few vaccine pieces for this blog when I think I can explain some of the basic science such as herd immunity and the chemistry of elements and compounds. What has unfolded over the past few days is not about basic science, it
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Picture from medicine world.
Yesterday, I talked about the flu virus and how it’s weird segmented RNA genome makes it a constantly moving target, one that requires vaccine manufacturers to adjust their aim for every flu seasons.
So now we will talk about that a bit
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The flu virus, picture found on http://www.lsfnet.org.
Winter is coming (in April 2011)… And with winter, is also coming the flu season. I wrote about vaccines quite a bit already a barely more than a month ago (if you missed it and are curious, the whole series was split
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What do doctors mean when they say vaccines are safe and
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Figure 1: Campaigns of systemic vaccination, aimed at developing herd immunity, were at the heart of the eradication of smallpox.
And today we conclude our little trip around the issue of vaccines (it was a short, four legged travel, you can find its previous legs here, here and here)
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Figure 1: The development of a polio vaccine was an event of tremendous resonance in the public.
He folks, you know what? The next installment in our series of post is actually about vaccines! I mean, it only took me two days to get to that point! And, if
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Simon Loves Catfish And Hates Vaccine Preventable Illnesses
Following on the trails of my latest post I would like to delve a bit deeper into the mechanisms behind the working of vaccines starting by picking up a few loose ends that I left at the end of the previous post…
If you have not read
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So, this week was apparently proclaimed ‘Vaccine Awareness Week’ by the authority of fringe medicine practitioner Joseph Mercola and Barbara Loe Fisher (co-founder of the infamous National Vaccine Information Center).
This seems to be but a stunt from two rather prominent anti-vaccine activists, but, it gives us at She Thought, a nice opportunity to delve into
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