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Really great website on how herd immunity works and DATA on Vaccines

This is taken from NOVA and PBS regarding how herd immunity works to protect. This is a great article discussing vaccines and vaccination. But most importantly is the accumulated evidence compiled by the American Academy of Pediatrics. This lists study after … Continue reading

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For the people who believe that Measles is not dangerous…

I present the heartbreaking data coming in from Bangladesh. There has been an extensive outbreak in a remote village, where 88 children were infected with measles. Of those, 53 required hospitalization and nine children have died. The outbreak started just … Continue reading

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Dirt is good- New book detailing why you should NOT be worried about microbes

Great article from NPR on new book by Jack Gilbert, a microbiologist from the University of Chicago. Click here to read article. In short, don’t worry about being so clean. The hygiene hypothesis-being too clean inhibits your immune system’s ability … Continue reading

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Thank you John Oliver

I have lectured on this for the last decade, but thank you for John Oliver for summing up and explaining why vaccines are safe will save lives and what herd immunity is. Please watch John Oliver’s Vaccine summary on YouTube

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HSV-1 infection causing genital infection/Congenital Disease of the Newborn

In the New York Orthodox Jewish communities, circumcision ritual involves removal of the foreskin, then the removal of the blood that accumulates there by the mohel (the performer of the ritual). They do this by sucking the blood from the wound … Continue reading

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Yellow Fever and the power of vaccination

Yesterday in class we discussed Yellow Fever and its signs and symptoms. Fever,  jaundice black vomit,and death. Today in my inbox there was a notification of an outbreak of Yellow Fever in South America. From December of 2016 until March … Continue reading

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It has begun….

China has just modified three normal  human embryos using the CRISPR gene system. GATTACA may soon be a documentary…..

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The WHO has posted a “Most Wanted” list for the microbial world

Antibiotic resistance continues to march on…. We have known that we are losing the ability to stop bacterial infections for a while now.  Back in 2013, the CDC posted their list of the most dangerous antibiotic resistant bacteria  in an … Continue reading

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The cost of heath care for vaccine preventable diseases

A recent study stated that total cost to the U.S. health care system for vaccine treatable diseases was estimated to be almost 9 billion dollars,  just for 2015 alone. The study also estimated that over 7 billion dollars of that cost was … Continue reading

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New life forms discovered on earth!

These are not aliens, but a newly recognized type of bacteria found in the deepest regions of earth. In class, we divide bacteria into categories depending on their growth and energy requirements.  One such division depends on where the bacteria derive their … Continue reading

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