Chad Hermann and Todd Wolynn published a study about antivaxers that basically confirmed a lot of what we know about how they use Facebook to harass their perceived enemies. More important is the work they're doing provide a way for those targeted by antivaxers for harassment to light signal fires to attract reinforcements.
Harassment of its opponents is a feature, not a bug, of the antivaccine movement, even if the victims are grieving mothers. The idea is to harass and intimidate their opponents into silence.
It's ba-ack. In response to efforts to make personal belief exemptions harder to obtain, an old and particularly vile antivax trope is back: Vaccine mandates as rape, with a new #metoo-inspired twist, namely "vaccine injured" children as victims of sexual assault whose assaulters are trying to silence them.
The BBC recounts the sad story of Gemma Nuttall, a 28-year-old mother with ovarian cancer, and her pursuit of false hope at Hallwang Clinic. It's a sad story that I've recounted far too many times over the years.
Yesterday, antivaxers inundated the public comment session of the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. There were only two pro-science advocates versus a host of antivaccine activists spouting pseudoscience
An antivaxer by the 'nym "Crush" at the antivaccine coffee klatch known as the Thinking Moms' Revolution thinks that she and all antivaxers have been horribly victimized by evil pro-vexers. She's a case of extreme Dunning-Kruger.
Gary G. Kohls, MD mindlessly regurgitated an antivaccine lie about Orac. Orac responds. It does not go well for Dr. Kohls. Basically, it's not wise to tug on Superman's cape.
The claim that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the US has always rested on very shaky evidence; yet it’s become common wisdom that is cited as though everyone accepts it. But if estimates of 250,000 to 400,000 deaths due to medical error are way too high, what is the real number? A study published last month suggests that it’s almost certainly a lot lower and has been modestly decreasing since 1990.
I saw my favorite station airing an advertisement disguised as a news story for a Curewell IV HAUS, which sells IV "therapy." I did not approve.