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Todd W.
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Harpocrates Speaks: Imunization Awarness Month - The Vaccination Chronicles

August is National Immunization Awareness Month in the U.S. I thought it would be a good way to start things off with a short documentary by Australian skeptic Richard Saunders.

http://www.harpocratesspeaks.com/2014/08/imunization-awarness-month-vaccination.html

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Harpocrates Speaks: Case of Justina Pelletier Spawns Dubious Legislation

I was hoping that the sage of Justina Pelletier would be done, now that she's back home with her family, and her parents finally agreed to the inclusion of mental health care for their daughter. But, no. I discovered there are two bills in Congress that have been spawned by this whole affair, and both are poorly written, overly broad in scope, and create bad science and medicine policy. Worse, they're bad for kids.

http://www.harpocratesspeaks.com/2014/07/case-of-justina-pelletier-spawns.html

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Harpocrates Speaks: Massachusetts Steps Closer to Expanding Autism Support

The Massachusetts legislature unanimously approved a bill that will expand services to those with autism. It's very broad in scope, covering all ages, and aims to improve matters for every area of life for them. Let me know what you think.

http://www.harpocratesspeaks.com/2014/07/massachusetts-steps-closer-to-expanding.html

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Harpocrates Speaks: The Top 5 Ways to Prevent Measles

With more measles cases in the first 6 months this year than the last 4 years combined, I thought it might be useful to provide 5 ways to prevent getting sick. Here's my (tongue-in-cheek) top 5 list.

http://www.harpocratesspeaks.com/2014/07/the-top-5-ways-to-prevent-measles.html

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Harpocrates Speaks: Pre-Vaccine Declines in Measles Mortality

Deaths from measles was on the decline before the measles vaccine ever came on the scene. So what happened? Did it become less virulent? Were improvements in diet and sanitation the sole changes leading to less death? The history of measles mortality in the pre-vaccine era is a bit more complex than that.

http://www.harpocratesspeaks.com/2014/06/pre-vaccine-declines-in-measles.html

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Harpocrates Speaks: Orgies of Death - The Dangerous Tradition of Pox Parties and Measles Teas

Most among the anti-vaccine community view childhood diseases as benign rites of passage. They think that vaccines do not work or that they are more dangerous than the diseases they prevent. In their misguided denial of science, some go so far as to hold parties where they and their friends intentionally expose their children to diseases that could cause very serious harm to, if not kill, their children, let alone increase the risk of starting an epidemic in their communities. Sadly, this tradition, these "orgies of death", goes a long way back.

http://www.harpocratesspeaks.com/2014/06/orgies-of-death-dangerous-tradition-of.html

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Harpocrates Speaks: Vaccine Resistance

Could over-vaccination lead to vaccine-resistant bacteria and viruses? What would have to happen for a resistant strain to evolve? Those are interesting questions. Some would stop after simply asking the first question, but what is there to discover when we delve deeper?

http://www.harpocratesspeaks.com/2014/06/vaccine-resistance.html

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Harpocrates Speaks: Dear Anti-Vaxers, Thank You

An open letter to anti-vaccine advoctes thanking them for all they've done to bring about this year's unprecedented number of measles cases.

http://www.harpocratesspeaks.com/2014/05/dear-anti-vaxers-thank-you.html

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Harpocrates Speaks: The Visible Attacks on Invisible Threat

Earlier this month, students at Carlsbad High School Television held a screening of their documentary film Invisible Threat for members of Congress. The anti-vaccine community leapt to the attack, making baseless assertions and being incredibly disrespectful to the efforts of these students and their hard work, all without having viewed the film.

http://www.harpocratesspeaks.com/2014/05/the-visible-attacks-on-invisible-threat.html

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Harpocrates Speaks: Spurious Correlations

Over this weekend, I learned (h/t to Orac) about a web site called Spurious Correlations (or Things That Correlate). Great tool for skeptics to demonstrate that correlation does not necessarily equal causation.

http://www.harpocratesspeaks.com/2014/05/spurious-correlations.html
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