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Sep
21

Presidential candidates misrepresenting vaccines? I can’t let that go.

written by Tara Haelle

It was late last Wednesday evening when I was just about to begin working again on a major feature due the next day — and a couple friends on Facebook alerted me that vaccines made an appearance during the Republican debate on CNN. Great, I thought. Just what I need. It was close to midnight, […]

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Jul
4

Happy Fourth of July! Reasons to love America this week…

written by Tara Haelle

There are days – many days, unfortunately – when living in the U.S. frustrates or saddens or angers me. As I see black churches burning in the midst of a debate over a racist symbol following a tragedy like the Charleston shootings, it’s hard not to become despondent. When you hear presidential hopefuls making non-science based comments […]

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Jun
17

A conversation with Anne Geddes about meningitis, vaccines and her remarkable photo series of meningitis survivors

written by Tara Haelle

Next week, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will decide whether to recommend the MenB vaccine, which protects against the B strain of meningococcal disease. Strains A, C, W and Y are already covered in current vaccines. Over at Forbes today, I wrote about some of the issues – mainly cost and the rarity […]

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Jun
1

Are we sure breastfeeding reduces leukemia risk? And does it matter?

written by Tara Haelle

There’s a new study out finding that breastfeeding reduces the risk of childhood leukemia. It’s a meta-analysis, which means it pools together the findings from a dozen and a half different previously published studies. I’ve gone through the details on the numbers below, but I’ve written about the more important issues tied up with this […]

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Jan
20

Mickey Mouse’s Measles Mean Trouble

written by Tara Haelle

Today is a super-short post because I’m deep in bookland, but I wanted to direct readers’ attention to the post I wrote at Forbes about the most recent outbreak of measles, “Disneyland Measles Outbreak: It Is Indeed a Small World After All.” Since I wrote that on Tuesday, the number of cases have grown to […]

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Jan
14

Couple quick updates on autism news

written by Tara Haelle

I won’t be able to put up long or analytical posts until after the book deadline, but I’ll try to at least post links to work elsewhere that readers may be interested in checking out. Three pieces I’ve written in the past week or two relate to autism news that I want to highlight, plus […]

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Jan
6

HPV vaccine and multiple sclerosis: Reassuring findings about Gardasil safety

written by Tara Haelle

I wrote yesterday about the MMR and varicella vaccines and noted that I frequently hear concerns about the MMR. In recent years, however, parents’ concerns about HPV seem to have eclipsed those about the MMR. Gardasil and Cervarix are newer vaccines, and they are given in older girls and boys to protect against a virus […]

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Dec
11

A round-up: A new 9-strain HPV vaccine! The effects of debunking vaccine myths! News on phthalates, toys, IUDs, juice and breastfeeding!

written by Tara Haelle

I’ve been pretty busy the past several weeks with my HealthDay stories, my Forbes blog and my book, so I’ve neglected this blog more than I planned. However, I’d love to highlight the worthwhile studies and the stories I’ve covered elsewhere, so here’s a quick round-up of the past two weeks of my work in […]

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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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