Wednesday April 24, 2019
Because of the brave and caring work of two meningitis survivors – a young woman who deals with multiple amputations from her illness, and the father of a young man who died of the disease – Texas now has protective laws requiring vaccination against meningococcal disease before students enter college. We honor their work today, on World Meningitis Day.
Tuesday April 23, 2019
Recent headlines have been focused, quite rightly, on measles outbreaks in the United States. The disease is no longer endemic to our country, and if so many parents hadn’t been scared off vaccinating their children by a thoroughly debunked, fraudulent report, and myths making the rounds of social media, there would be no reason for outbreaks here or in other developed countries. But for this week, let’s think about the children in developing countries who can’t even gain access to life-saving vaccines.
Friday April 12, 2019
It’s time to stop thinking of HPV as a “women’s disease.” Yes, the human papillomavirus causes most cases of cervical cancer, which is expected to kill more than 4,000 American women this year, according to the American Cancer Society. But it causes several other types of cancer as well, with increasing numbers of oropharyngeal cancer coming from HPV.
Tuesday April 9, 2019
This is what it has come to: Mandatory measles vaccines were ordered today in an area of New York City because the number of measles cases has become a threat to public health.
Friday April 5, 2019
Quick quiz: What’s better for our health and well-being? Quitting a smoking habit, or getting treatment for emphysema? Learning to be more active and eat healthfully, or taking medications for Type 2 diabetes and risking the disease’s terrible complications?