What the Anti-Vaccine Movement Hath Wrought

Behold: Kathryn Riffenburg decided on a closed casket for her baby's funeral. She didn't want her family to see what whooping cough, her son's first illness, had done to 9-week-old Brady Alcaide. The nearly forgotten disease, which has in recent years afflicted thousands of Americans, left Brady's tiny body swollen and unrecognizable. So his mother …

Dear Anti-Vaccination Fanatics

Don't ever forget that you are responsible for stories like this one: Measles, a highly contagious and dangerous virus, was thought to have been eradicated from the U.S. with vaccines -- but in recent years outbreaks have been occurring at an alarming rate. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports there was an average of 83 measles …

Being Against Genetically Modified Crops Means Being Anti-Science

And notwithstanding its boasts to the contrary, the port side of the partisan divide can be just as anti-science as it accuses the starboard side of being: From the moment the bill to ban genetically engineered crops on the island of Hawaii was introduced in May 2013, it garnered more vocal support than any the County Council …

Once Again: GMOs Do Not Threaten Public Health

And the major study purporting to prove the contrary argument has been discredited: As the Genetic Literacy Project reports, the GMO wars are escalateing after the discrediting of a central pillar of the anti-crop biotechnology movement and the stumbling by a prominent science journal. Gilles-Éric Séralini, author of the controversial rat study that claimed to show that genetically modified …

The Anti-Vaccination Crowd Is a Threat to Public Health

Julia Ioffe has whooping cough, and she knows precisely whom to blame for it:Pertussis, named after the elegantly latinate bacterium Bordetella pertussis, starts the way of any cold or mild flu. Then, a week or two later, the coughing starts. That’s because B.pertussis glom onto and paralyze the cilia, the lash-like filaments in your airways that clear it out of mucus, the stuff …

Remember When We Thought We Had Functionally Eradicated Measles and Mumps?

Boy, those were the good old days: Deadly diseases, once nearly wiped out, are making a frightening comeback in Maryland and across the country. Now — a warning that parents who don’t vaccinate their children are putting others at risk. [. . .] Measles, mumps, whooping cough — all deadly diseases. Until recently — virtually …