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Follow Up: Medical Journal Lancet Discloses Financial Interest of Pro-HPV Vaccine Article Author

As a result of my inquiry for the article “What you didn’t know about a doctor’s stance on the HPV vaccine,” the medical journal Lancet has now issued a correction to its publication. The correction acknowledges formerly undisclosed financial conflicts of interest between the article’s lead author and makers of the controversial human papillomavirus (HPV) […]

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Pro-HPV Vaccine Doc Omits Financial Ties in Medical Journal

One of the biggest promoted drugs in history, the HPV cervical cancer vaccine, is a multi-billion dollar blockbuster. But it’s also faced criticism — some of it from a scientist who helped develop it —  amid concerns about safety and effectiveness When Japan suspended proactively recommending the vaccine amid concerns over injuries, the makers, Merck (Gardasil) […]

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U.S. Health Officials: Vaccine Brain Injuries Top 2,000; Relatively Very Rare

A top federal health official recently acknowledged a difficult reality: vaccines may rarely trigger autism in susceptible children. Quantifying how often that happens is a challenge. Clues can be found among vaccine brain injuries. While very rare, claims of vaccine-induced brain damage, such as encephalitis and seizure disorder, continue to build. A small percentage of […]

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The Baby Oxygen Trials and How Govt. Officials Allegedly Interfered With the Ethics Probe

[This article was first published on June 4 2014] Pressure from government officials and eminent researchers appears to have pushed a federal agency to postpone enforcement action on violations it found in a government-financed experiment on extremely premature babies. The agency, which polices ethics in health studies, says the controversy over the study of preemies […]

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Are W. Africans “Guinea Pigs” in Ebola Vaccine Trials?

[Above image: An Ebola isolation ward in the Congo, 2012. Courtesy: Brian Bird, Ph.D] The World Health Organization (WHO) is under fire for its management of a study in Guinea testing a Merck Ebola vaccine. According to an article in the current edition of The Lancet medical journal, critics allege some patients are getting inadequate […]

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Fact Check: Slate.com Vaccines-Autism Claims

A recent Slate.com article took on Google’s decision to develop new search engine algorithms to filter out what it views as “inaccurate” websites. The authors are David Weinberger, a senior researcher at Harvard’s Berkman Center, and Dan Gillmor of  Arizona State University and author of Mediactive. The authors chose to begin their article using the example of the vaccine-autism controversy. […]

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Fact Check: False Reports Claiming Calif. Measles Outbreak “Killed Children”

Recent reporting has implied or stated that the California measles outbreak resulted in many deaths. Further, many reports and blogs have implied there have been many U.S. measles deaths in recent years. One notable example is an article published in Examiner.com by Paul Hamaker who is described as a “chemist and mathematician” (and also is referred […]

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California Measles Outbreak Over: No Deaths Reported

[Above image: classic measles rash] California’s Disney theme park-related measles outbreak has been declared over. No deaths were reported among the 147 patients, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The vast majority of cases were contained to California. Measles is considered a highly contagious virus spread through the air by coughs and sneezes. CDC […]

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U.S. Ebola Timeline

2014 July: Two Americans, Samaritan’s Purse relief workers Dr. Kent Brantly, 33, and Nancy Writebol, 59, are infected while working in Liberia. They are brought to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta for treatment. It’s not known exactly how they contracted Ebola. August: Massachusetts doctor Rick Sacra, 51, is diagnosed with Ebola after providing aid at […]

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