Thursday August 3, 2017
As bad as the Minnesota measles outbreak has been, it is dwarfed by the tragic situation in Europe. A July report by the World Health Organization points out that 3,300 Italians have caught measles over the past 12 months, and one 6-year-old boy died.Another child died in Germany, one in Portugal. And in Romania, where the medical system is not as sophisticated as in the other three countries, 31 children died of measles.
Tuesday August 1, 2017
The academic year hasn’t even started and already several students at the University of Texas at Austin have been stricken with the mumps. Those are just the most recent cases; this year, there have been outbreaks at various public schools throughout the state.
Thursday July 27, 2017
Scientists already know a great deal about the remarkable ways in which vaccines save lives and prevent suffering. But even they can sometimes be surprised by the benefits of immunization.
Take the measles vaccine, for example. (We wish more people would, to prevent the kinds of outbreaks that sent dozens of children in Minneapolis to the hospital recently.) According to a 2013 article in New Scientist, the added benefits of the vaccine can be mighty.
Thursday July 20, 2017
Texas has been in the spotlight lately on the topic of vaccines, portrayed as the anti-vaccine hotspot of the nation.
Thursday July 13, 2017
Congratulations on the new high school graduate! Now that you’ve gotten through the tizzy of proms and robes and ceremonies, your summer will probably be full of shopping errands to get your graduate ready to head to college. Extra-long bed sheets, laundry supplies that you hope your teen will use regularly, a few decorative items to brighten up that sterile-looking dorm room.