My silence was deafening, to me at least. Do my girls have a dad who won't stand up to crap like that from archaic people who still believe a girl's chief purpose in life is to make themselves "cute" for boys?
As often happens in times of medical crises, fringe groups are mounting a fear campaign against modern medicine--in this case the development of Ebola vaccines.
When people posit or perpetuate some of these ideas about what causes autism, it hurts our community irreparably.
As the world focuses on Ebola, we must not forget that HIV/AIDS presents a far greater challenge in the world of vaccines.
If we would get the Ebola vaccine that exists somewhere in the future, then we need to examine our reasons for not utilizing the vaccines that exist right now.
Amid a calendar jammed with scores of so-called awareness days, World Polio Day -- observed on October 24 -- is among the most significant and important of this year.
If Ebola continued as confined outbreaks for a limited time, a patent for a drug to treat it, or a vaccine to prevent it, might not feed the corporate bottom line. So we have waited for a desperate crisis when a cure might bring enough profit to light up the bottom line.
A letter published online in the Lancet on Oct. 10, by a distinguished group of scientists, ethicists and physicians from all over the world, makes an urgent plea for embarking on research for experimental Ebola treatments that would not randomize patients to a control arm that provides only conventional care or conventional care along with a placebo.
I've seen the vaccination debate from many angles, and I think I can help clear some things up. Above all, I want to make it clear to those frightened parents that there's nothing to be afraid of. Here are the most common concerns I hear, and some responses.
When did we give up being the nation that welcomed the wretched, tired and poor upon our teeming shores? Now we imagine they are terrorists armed with viruses.
In human history, no practice has more profoundly advanced human understanding of the natural world than that of science. So it seems tragic, in the year 2014, that science should require a defense (by a comedy writer, no less).
Now is a perfect time to issue a wake-up call to health care professionals who treat adult patients. Adults are not just grown up children, and they need vaccines, too. So what needs to happen to change this picture?
When Edward Jenner proposed to the parents of 8-year-old James Phipps the risky idea that rubbing some stuff from sick cows onto the young lad might p...
Despite all that bile, the dilemmas portrayed in Shaw's 1906 play might inform some thinking about how we distribute decontamination equipment and intensive-care teams; how we allocate protective gear, bio-containment facilities, isolation rooms, and life-saving vaccines.
I recently had the chance to speak with Jean L. Patterson, Chair of Virology and Immunology at the Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio. She has conducted extensive research on hemorrhagic fevers (Marburg, Lassa, and Ebola viruses). Dr. Patterson tells us what role she thinks science plays in combating Ebola.
An Open Letter to Bill Gates and Kevin Roberts Dear Bill and Kevin, The people of the world are ready for one of the biggest innovations eve...