Stories 1 - 20 |  Next >>

Vaccine Mix-Up Kills Infants Within Hours in Syria

Vaccine may have been mixed with muscle relaxant

(Newser) - At least 15 infants died in northwestern Syria on Tuesday after being administered a measles vaccine that may have been accidentally mixed with an anesthetic. The New York Times reports that the victims reacted within minutes: Recipients experienced a slowed heart rate, wheezing, respiratory failure, and shock, while some swelled... More »

'Dangerous' RFK Jr Keeps Slamming Vaccines

Yet people still listen to him, writes Laura Helmuth

(Newser) - Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has grabbed the spotlight in his fight against vaccines, and Laura Helmuth can barely believe it. "Fascinating it is, and absolutely maddening," she writes at Slate. "And dangerous." Kennedy believes that a vaccine preservative, thimerosal, causes autism, even though one medical organization... More »

Vaccine Costs Rising, Some Doctors Stop Offering Them

Childhood immunization costs are skyrocketing: NYT

(Newser) - When Breanna Farris moved to Texas last year, her daughter missed the first week of school as Farris searched in vain for a provider who would give her the required vaccinations. Farris ultimately had to lie, pretending she had no insurance and taking the girl to a public health clinic,... More »

Another Study Finds No Link Between Vaccines, Autism

Researchers conclude vaccinations are generally safe

(Newser) - Another day, another study asserting that vaccines don't cause autism: This time, researchers analyzed 67 different studies and found no evidence that immunizations cause autism. "There is a lot of misinformation out there about vaccines," a co-author tells USA Today . "With the rise of the Internet... More »

Let's Make It Harder to Opt Out of Vaccinations

Michael Gerson: Parents are putting not just their kids at risk, but the rest of us

(Newser) - We need to make it a lot harder for parents to refuse vaccinations for their kids, writes Michael Gerson in the Washington Post . It's bad enough that those who wrongly believe vaccines cause autism or brain damage are endangering their own children, but they're also putting the general... More »

After Backlash, Chili's Cancels Fundraiser for Anti-Vaccine Charity

Will find a different way to honor Autism Awareness Month

(Newser) - After facing heated backlash, restaurant chain Chili's canceled a fundraiser that would have benefited a group linked to the anti-vaccination movement. The canceled fundraiser for Autism Awareness Month would have sent 10% of all profits made today at more than 1,200 Chili's locations around the country to... More »

Anti-Vaccine Believers Give Diseases New Life

Officials in US, Canada emphasize need for vaccines

(Newser) - If only Kathryn Riffenburg had gotten a booster shot during pregnancy, her son might have lived. But the baby got whooping cough, and was so badly swollen that his burial at nine weeks of age—in a white baptismal suit and hat—was in a closed casket. "It just... More »

Stopping Tests on Chimps Hurts ... Chimps

NIH move is bad for animals in the long run: research center chief

(Newser) - The NIH is drastically reducing its research on chimps, a move that animal rights advocates hail as humane and long overdue. They've got it exactly backward, writes the director of a research center affected by the move. What they fail to consider is that chimp research doesn't just... More »

Anger Over Anti-Vaccine Jenny McCarthy as View Host

Critics pile on ABC's decision

(Newser) - The View has, apparently, traded one controversial blonde for another. As expected , Jenny McCarthy was officially named as Elisabeth Hasselbeck's replacement on the daytime talk show yesterday; she'll start appearing as co-host Sept. 9. But quite a few people are less than pleased that McCarthy has been given... More »

America Mired in 'Severe Epidemic' of Chlamydia, HPV

Top 8 STIs running rampant, CDC finds

(Newser) - Happy Valentine's Day! To celebrate, the CDC got you a romantic little pair of studies that declare America to be in the midst of "an ongoing, severe STI epidemic." With 20 million new infections in 2008 (the most recent year studied in the reports) and 110 million... More »

Taliban Bans Polio Vaccines Until US Drone Strikes End

North Waziristan commander halts vaccines in region

(Newser) - The Taliban has decided to use Pakistan's kids in the fight to end US drone strikes. It announced that it has banned polio vaccines in North Waziristan until said strikes are ended. "Almost every resident of North Waziristan has become a mental patient because of the drone strikes,... More »

Treatable Infections Cause 1 in 6 Cancers

HPV, hepatitis B vaccines key part of cancer prevention

(Newser) - A sixth of all cancers worldwide are the result of potentially treatable or preventable infections caused by bacteria, viruses, and parasites, according to a new study. Researchers found that that almost 2 million new cancer cases in 2008 were caused by the human papilloma virus, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and... More »

CDC Issues HPV Vaccine Guidelines for Boys

Male oral HPV worrying experts

(Newser) - The Centers for Disease Control has issued official guidelines that boys now receive the HPV vaccine. The vaccine has been recommended for girls since 2006 to protect them from the sexually transmitted human papilloma virus linked to cancers. But because girls get the virus from boys, it "seems appropriate,... More »

Scientists Closing in on AIDS Vaccine

Successful simian vaccine marks major advance

(Newser) - "There's more hope than ever before that an AIDS vaccine might be possible," says the lead author of a study that marks a major advance in the search. The study found that experimental vaccines used on monkeys reduced their susceptibility to the monkey version of HIV by... More »

Kids Increasingly Skipping Vaccines

Health officials concerned about new outbreaks

(Newser) - US health officials are concerned about a growing trend: Parents who opt out of vaccinating their children as required by public schools. In eight states, more than one in 20 public school kindergarten students aren't getting all of the required vaccines, according to an AP analysis. Over the past... More »

Feds' $433M Smallpox Drug Contract a Controversial One

White House overrode experts, pushed for deal

(Newser) - Smallpox was virtually eliminated 33 years ago and already has a cheap, effective vaccine that exists in large quantities. So why is the Obama administration pushing so hard to spend $433 million on an expensive and experimental smallpox drug that might not be needed and might not work? Perhaps it'... More »

Vaccine Doesn't Cause Autism: Latest Panel

New report not likely to change minds

(Newser) - Once again, a panel of experts has determined that a vaccine isn’t to blame for autism—but the latest findings aren’t likely to sway those who disagree, notes the New York Times. The measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine, at the center of the debate, “doesn’t cause... More »

Pivotal Autism-Vaccine Study an 'Elaborate Fraud'

British Medical Journal suggests doctor altered data for profit

(Newser) - One more big strike against a pivotal 1998 study that linked autism with childhood vaccines and triggered parental alarms that continue today: The British Medical Journal is out with a scathing report that accuses lead researcher Andrew Wakefield of "elaborate fraud" and suggests he falsified data to earn a... More »

3 More Judges See No Link Between Autism and Vaccines

Tuna sandwich more dangerous, says one

(Newser) - Three separate judges ruled today that vaccines containing mercury don’t lead to autism in children, with one saying that “normal fish-eating diet by pregnant mothers” presents more risk than the shots. The rulings are part of a series of nine test cases brought by 5,000 families seeking... More »

Debunked Study Won't Kill Autism-Vaccine Theory

Believers will still believe, despite lapses in research

(Newser) - The landmark British study that declared a link between vaccines and autism has been debunked , Claudia Wallis reports, but don't expect the controversy to go away any time soon. Though the study was apparently riddled with lapses and even deception, parents are likely to continue to believe—as they have... More »

Stories 1 - 20 |  Next >>


Other Sites We Like:   The Street   |   HitFix   |   PopSugar Tech   |   RealClear   |   24/7 Wall St.   |   Barstool Sports   |   OK!   |   Owler