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Dec
24

Of Giggles and Guffaws: ‘Tis the season to be merry… but not too merry?

written by Tara Haelle

In a special post for Christmas Eve, I’m reporting on the findings of a study that investigated a special kind of risk-benefit analysis: the possible benefits and harms of laughing. After all, it’s the season to be merry, and they say laughter is the best medicine, but apparently, too much of a good thing just […]

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Dec
21

The “One Study,” or why the anti-vaccine movement doesn’t really understand science

written by Guest Author

This guest post was written by Allison Hagood, who originally published a version of it on the Facebook page for Your Baby’s Best Shot, a science-based book on childhood immunizations she co-authored with Stacy Minzter Herlihy. This post is the first in a Red Wine & Apple Sauce series called “Epidemiology 101.” While it does […]

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Dec
12

Katie Couric backtracks — Will she now walk the walk with her CDC guest tomorrow?

written by Tara Haelle

It’s no secret that I was disappointed and frustrated with Katie Couric’s irresponsible December 4 episode about the HPV vaccine. In addition to my posts on this blog, I wrote about the show at KSJ Tracker and at Politico. The day after my Politico piece (I’m not saying it’s related – the backlash against Couric […]

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Dec
6

More on Katie Couric, who doubles down even as critical coverage grows

written by Tara Haelle

I wrote yesterday about Katie Couric’s disastrous segment on the HPV vaccine on her daytime TV show, and I included a list of several articles that also discussed the many ways Couric was irresponsible, inaccurate and damaging to public health. I also wrote a lengthier piece analyzing her show over at Knight Science Journalism Tracker […]

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Dec
5

Oh Katie Couric, let us count the ways you screwed up HPV vaccine coverage

written by Tara Haelle

I blogged about Katie Couric’s shoddy and shameful segment about the HPV vaccine over at the Knight Science Journalism Tracker so you can read my assessment there, focusing primarily on the segment’s false balance and media coverage of it. I did not spend any time at that piece correcting the misinformation in the show and […]

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