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One of the most engaging and clearly-written pieces of science journalism over the last year or so was published in Wired magazine last week. Amy Wallace’s, “An Epidemic of Fear: How Panicked Parents Skipping Shots Endangers Us All,” is part interview with rotavirus vaccine developer, pediatric infectious disease physician, Dr Paul Offit, and description of…

Prof Tara Smith thought it important enough to come back from her hiatus to explain why she’s doing the same for her kids. That’s why. Addendum (20 Sept 2009): In my rush to put up a very quick post on Friday, I just saw that Revere at Effect Measure put up a detailed post on…

I wanted to contribute to today’s discussion of anti-vaccinationist, pseudoscience-pawning Jenny McCarthy being given not only an appearance on Oprah but, as reported by Orac, a deal with Oprah’s production company for her own show. The public attention that Jenny McCarthy’s rants have gotten were bad enough. But, now, to have the soapbox of one…

After writing this post, I came across Alex’s obituary and guestbook on Legacy.com. By all accounts, Alex was a great kid – loved and admired by many – an accomplished hockey player and musician with a love for the mountains. This could have been you or I, or worse, one of our own children. Breaking…

I’m very proud today to see one of my formative professors, Dr Fulton Crews, quoted extensively in a USAToday article on a new, web-based alcohol awareness initiative, “Rethinking Drinking,” from NIH’s National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Division of Treatment and Recovery Research. While many associate heavy drinking with liver problems, it can…

Here’s an update on E. coli-gate in Tularosa, NM: Okay, so it’s more than fluid – it’s about a pint of sludge left in front of each house where the garbage truck stopped. But this is ridiculous: [Tularosa resident Ken] Riedlinger took samples from the sludge puddle to the Diagnostic and Technology Center in Alamogordo…

Dear PharmMom, Your daughter-in-law found this one on your local TV news station: TULAROSA, N. M. (KRQE-KBIM) – Fluid leaking onto city streets from a contract garbage truck has tested positive for the E. coli bacteria, according to the town’s mayor. Alamo Disposal has been picking up the trash for many in Tularosa for the…

Naw. This is more likely a case of an older person flushing some old prescription drugs down the toilet: In a February interview with The Associated Press, Mayor Robert Cluck said trace concentrations of one pharmaceutical had been found in treated drinking water, but he declined to name it. He said revealing the name in…

Bisphenol A (BPA) is currently one of the major lightning rods for controversy in consumer products and public health research. The compound is used in the manufacture of plastic bottles, polycarbonate (PC) in particular, as well as in the lining of many food and beverage cans. The compound has been recognized since the 1930s as…

[Note: I originally posted this last Thursday under another title but it got lost in other events of that day. As I find it ironic that Mr Comarow has been attacked by an alternative medicine practitioner and advocate, I find this story worthy of reposting.] A few weeks ago the skeptical blogosphere was up in…