If you’re subscribed to the White Coat Waste Project’s social media feeds (and we assume you aren’t) you would have just witnessed several weeks of celebration. The anti-animal research group has been tweeting, posting and taking credit on a near-daily basis for the USDA’s decision to close down a key research unit studying one of … Continue reading “Poll” Suggests White Coat Waste Respects Supporters Even Less Than It Respects Science
by Jeremy D. Bailoo, PhD TL:DR Get vaccinated, do not spread misinformation, educate and confront your fears! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqAvg21S_mg Twenty five years ago, Andrew Wakefield published a series of fabricated studies, in the end claiming that the MMR vaccine causes autism--and with a personal gain of (~674,000 USD). Since then, millions of dollars, which could otherwise … Continue reading Celebrating #WorldImmunizationWeek – Reversing the damage
by Jeremy D. Bailoo, PhD In our previous piece, we showed how Andrew Wakefield fabricated data claiming that the MMR vaccine caused autism. The fallout from this fabrication--the “anti-vaxxer” movement--continues even today. https://giphy.com/gifs/link-article-ic-10xobTbHX49uvK Subsequent to Wakefield’s studies and claims, researcher’s started investigating the links between the MMR vaccination and autism, given the seriousness of the … Continue reading Celebrating #WorldImmunizationWeek – The post-Wakefield fallout.
by Jeremy D. Bailoo, PhD In our previous post, we highlighted how vaccines work and all of the effort that goes into ensuring safety and efficacy. So how did we get a point in our history where people fail to see the value of getting vaccinated? As a thought exercise, imagine that you lived in … Continue reading Celebrating #WorldImmunizationWeek – The MMR-Andrew Wakefield Scandal
by Jeremy D. Bailoo, PhD In light of #WorldImmunizationWeek we are doing a series of posts which highlight facts pertaining to vaccine production, and how safety and efficacy is assessed (part 1). We also highlight the historical aspects that lead to the “anti-vaxxer” movement and why critical consideration of the facts pertaining to that movement … Continue reading Celebrating #WorldImmunizationWeek – Vaccinations, how and why they work.
Over the past week, two national news stories have nicely illustrated the distressing (and at times, depressing) state of science reporting. The most recent headlines appeared on Wednesday when researchers announced they had developed a method for preventing the brain from rapidly decomposing in the early hours after death. Here’s a link to the press … Continue reading Two Stories that Demonstrate Just How Rare Good Science Reporting Has Become
Anyone who regularly follows the news, likely spotted some of the headlines that surfaced during a several months-long battle over a USDA research project involving cats. Examples include: Cat cannibalism: Report Discloses ‘Questionable’ Gov’t Animal Experiments USDA Kitten Killing Comes Under Fire From Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers and Watchdog Sues to Expose Secret Government … Continue reading Cat Fight or Smear Campaign? You Be the Judge