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The Trump administration versus “seven dirty words” at the CDC

On Saturday, The Washington Post broke a story that Trump administration will prohibit officials at the CDC from using a list of seven words or phrases — including “transgender,” “evidence-based,” and “science-based” — in official documents being prepared for next year’s budget. Although the Trump administration furiously backpedaled over the weekend and it now appears that HHS was the source of the edict, this an ominous indication that the Trump administration will attempt to impose ideology on the most important public health agency in the federal government.

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Florida: A paradise for dubious stem cell clinics

Many are the stem cell clinics that hype their product as basically a magical cure for whatever ails you like so many used car salesmen deploying the hard sell. Florida seems to be the paradise where these poorly regulated clinics ply their unethical trade.

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Antivaccine nonsense Bad science Medicine Skepticism/critical thinking

Professor Christopher Exley: The latest darling of the antivaccine movement

Last week, I told Christopher Shaw to move over, because there was a new antivaccine scientist in town. This week, Christopher Exley speaks and proves why it’s correct to call him antivaccine.

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Christopher Exley: Using bad science to demonize aluminum adjuvants in vaccines

Move over, Christopher Shaw, there’s a new antivaccine scientist dedicated to demonizing aluminum adjuvants in town. His name is Christopher Exley. He’s got a fluorescence microscope, and he’s not afraid to use it.

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A zombie meme rises from the grave: Maurice Hilleman, the polio vaccine, SV40, and cancer

Did you know that vaccine pioneer Maurice Hilleman admitted that contaminating SV40 virus in early batches of oral polio causes cancer? That’s because he didn’t, although antivaxers keep claiming that he did and that SV40 from early batches of polio vaccine cause cancer. It almost certainly doesn’t.