Tagged: vaccines

What does research say about how to effectively communicate about science? - Guest Work

Guest Work Dec 20, 2016

Andrew Maynard, Arizona State University and Dietram A. Scheufele, University of Wisconsin-Madison Truth seems to be an increasingly flexible concept in politics. At least that’s the impression the Oxford English Dictionary gave recently, as it declared “post-truth” the 2016 Word of the Year. What happens when decisions are based on misleading or blatantly wrong information? … Read More

What does Trump mean for Science? - News

John Kerr Nov 10, 2016

Donald Trump has been elected to the be the next President of the United States. What does this mean for science?  Already journalists, academics and pundits are scrambling to analyse the impact his presidency will have on every facet of, well, everything.  Here at Sciblogs we’ve rounded up some of the key points on science emerging from the coverage. Scientists respond … Read More

PHARMAC changes to vaccines – people are the winners - Diplomatic Immunity

Helen Petousis Harris Jul 28, 2016

Today PHARMAC announced their changes to funded vaccines. Basically they did what PHARMAC do, and within their given budget they negotiated the best deal they could with the suppliers to prevent as much disease as possible. After all, that is what we want them to do on our behalf. So who wins and who loses? The reality is, that like … Read More

New Zealand's Own "Journal" of Natural Nuttiness - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Feb 09, 2013

While browsing at the bookshop today I came across the self styled New Zealand “Journal” of Natural Medicine, one of the most concentrated examples of quackery promotion that I have ever seen. Articles include: Eczema and the Homeopathic “Direction of Cure” The End of Antibiotics and the rise of Iodine as an effective Alternative DNA can be Reprogrammed by Words … Read More

The Hypocrisy of the Immunisation "Awareness" Society - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Dec 20, 2012

Earlier this year, another sciblogger Darcy Cowan was successful in getting the tax exempt status of the Immunisation Awareness Society revoked based on the fact that they don’t fulfil the requirements of charity (see here). One of the things that bothered me about the IAS at the time is that although they claim on their website to “To debate vaccination issues … Read More

Dealing with Advocates of Pseudoscience - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Oct 22, 2011

One of the frustrating things about dealing with advocates of pseudoscience is the way they misuse scientific language. It reminds me a little of the following Catherine Tate skit. (Note – if the link does not work straight away click on it again to open the clip in Youtube) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ma8Vwkpx5y8&feature=related I have no problem talking about science with someone … Read More

IAS Complaint Part 4: Anti-Vaccine Impact in New zealand - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Oct 14, 2011

Finally in the series of extracts from my IAS Charity complaint, I give a brief look at the impact of anti-vaccine information in New Zealand. I also bring together information from other parts of the complaint that have not been covered in the extracts so far. Impact of Anti-Vaccinationist Misinformation in New Zealand Maintaining a [...] … Read More

IAS Complaint Part 3: Vaccine ingredients — Not so bad really - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Oct 13, 2011

Next up in our voyage of crank discovery, via extracts from my IAS charity complaint, is a breakdown of simplistic reasoning around vaccine ingredients. Again, I have reproduced elements of the original article here for your convenience. The following example was posted as a look at vaccine ingredients in two parts. I will not be [...] … Read More

IAS Complaint Part 1: Thimerosal in Your Vaccine? No. - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Oct 11, 2011

As promised here is the first of the articles that I deal with in the formal complaint I made to the Charities Commission regarding the misinformation spread by the anti-vaccine charity IAS.  So, with out further ado (what is ado anyway?) here is the link to the offending piece and my rebuttal: Thimerosal in your [...] … Read More

Anti-Vaccine Charities — Is there any Quality control on Charities? - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Oct 11, 2011

I haven’t really been writing much lately, for this blog at least. Much that is due to simple procrastination but earlier this year my free time was spent doing something equally stimulating. Back in July I submitted a complaint to the New Zealand Charities Commission, which they (allegedly) are currently investigating, about the Immunisation Awareness [...] … Read More

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