Category Archives: vaccines

Risk In Perspective: Hazards Are Not All Created Equal

This series is a collaboration between neuroscientist Alison Bernstein and biologist Iida Ruishalme. Errors in risk perception are at the core of so many issues in science communication that we think this is a critical topic to explore in detail. … Continue reading

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Risk In Perspective

This series is something neuroscientist Alison Bernstein and biologist Iida Ruishalme have been brewing over for a long time. Risk perception is such a big crux in science communication that it’s worth taking a moment to reflect on. We decided … Continue reading

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A Tribute to My Grandmother, A Survivor of War, and a Pioneer Science Communicator 1950-1980

My grandmother was a strong woman who lived through difficult times, and went on to make science communication history, in both print and TV. Continue reading

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Seven Reasons Why You Really Don’t Want to Have Measles

In light of the current measles epidemics spreading in Europe, I wanted to visit some of the main concerns with the disease, and the reasons we very fervently want to put a stop to its spread. Seven reasons to make … Continue reading

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The Great Myth of Vaccines and Autism

For a long time I thought there would be no need for me to write about the misconception that vaccines would somehow be connected to autism. This is a point that has been so extensively studied that there is no … Continue reading

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Should You Worry About Formaldehyde in Vaccines?

Formaldehyde is necessary for the biosynthesis of amino acids, proteins, and nucleic acids – our DNA. The levels we are talking about when it comes to vaccines? Even at maximum residue levels, less than one tenth of what is found in the blood volume of an infant. Continue reading

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Mercury in Retrogade

Most vaccines are now manufactured with mercury-free preservatives due to public concern. Some flu shots still contain thimerosal. The removal of thimerosal was not based on evidence of harm, and even in retrospect, none has been found. Continue reading

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