Dr. Brian Raley is a pediatrician in Tulsa. He’s very outspoken about vaccines and making sure all of his patients are up to date. He does not see children whose parents will not let them get vaccinated.
The HPV vaccine prevents cancer. Simple as that. HPV is a sexually transmitted disease that leads to cervical cancer as well as a number of other cancers. It can be prevented, however, with a simple vaccine.
Recent studies have found that the HPV vaccine is very safe. One study looked to see if the vaccine causes multiple sclerosis or any other nervous system related diseases. It does not. Another looked to see if girls who get the HPV vaccine become more sexually active. They do not.
This is a safe and effective vaccine that prevents cancers. Can’t say that enough. Dr. Amy Middleman is a researcher with the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She’s studied how parents and health providers approach the vaccine. Her research has found a disconnect between the two, something she says needs to be resolved quickly.
We’re all about making science fun and easy to understand here at Science Is OK. Vaccines can be one of the more misunderstood aspects of modern science. After all, you’re putting a dead pathogen in your body and expecting your body to develops antibodies. Which it does.
The NIB is a website that uses humor and comics to explore sociological issues. That includes vaccines. Click here to read their explanation of vaccines and some of the recent controversies. Do vaccines cause autism? No. They explain why Andrew Wakefield’s study was a sham from the very beginning. Should we be afraid of chemicals in our food? Well some, of course, but chemicals are everywhere (and the names can sound very scary) but the comic has a fantastic explanation why it’s important to not let the highfalutin words scare you away.
I can’t recommend this comic enough and if you haven’t already…please get your vaccines, especially the little ones.
I’ve been trying to think of the best way to address this Ebola scare. I’m far from a doctor or Ebola expert and I don’t want to add to the tidal wave of misinformation that’s sweeping across the internet. So I thought the best way is to let the professionals handle it and I turned to two blogs that are my go-to resources for medical information.
In this article at NeuroLogica Blog , Dr. Steven Novella takes a look at past Ebola epidemics and some of the reasons why they were able to spread so quickly. He then compares that to the U.S. and explains why he thinks we don’t have anything to worry about. It’s a very calm read that doesn’t stir emotions or get folks riled up. So, basically, completely opposite of just about everything else written about Ebola.