| Jul 2, 2014
| 10:52 AM
Vaccines are "one of the greatest public health achievements of the 20th Century" but their use is "suboptimal" because some parents, worried about their safety, refuse them for their children. Vaccines, however, are safe and adverse reactions...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 2:03 PM
Public health experts have taken a fresh look at the safety records of childhood vaccines and once again pronounced them safe.
A systematic review published Tuesday by the journal Pediatrics notes some evidence of “adverse effects” from 11...
| Jun 23, 2014
| 5:24 PM
Brazilian health officers have discovered the polio virus in sewage in the World Cup host city of Campinas, the World Health Organization announced Monday.
Wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) was discovered during a routine health check at the city's...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 6:06 AM
The Mathews Rotary Club is hosting the third annual Beer, Bands, and Brats by the Bay June 21 from 3-8 p.m. Proceeds from the event will go toward the efforts of Rotary International and the Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation to eradicate polio by 2018....
| May 21, 2014
| 5:14 PM
On May 9, the World Health Organization stopped short of calling Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, a global health emergency. That's a good thing.
In the 2 1/2 years since it was first identified, MERS has had a case fatality rate of...
| May 7, 2014
| 2:30 AM
It seems the "anti-vaccine" movement is still alive and well and has become a hot topic on Twitter and Facebook again. Unfortunately, much of what I've read on these sites seems to be inaccurate and based on a lot of emotion and very little science....
| Apr 24, 2014
| 1:00 PM
How much are childhood vaccines worth to America? Nearly $1.7 trillion, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
That dollar figure represents the net savings of 20 years’ worth of vaccines administered to American children...
| Apr 20, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Wednesday is the 30-year anniversary of the day my colleagues and I reported that a new retrovirus, now known as HIV, was the agent causing AIDS. We also announced the development of an effective HIV blood test and the capacity to continuously produce the...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 4:20 PM
We open with two dancers, a man and a woman, on a bare stage. He is Jacques d'Amboise, one of the greatest male dancers this country ever produced, but you barely notice him. Your eye is drawn to the woman, to the fluid, almost miraculous way she moves,...
| Mar 27, 2014
| 3:55 PM
WASHINGTON – The World Health Organization declared Southeast Asia polio-free Thursday, marking a global health milestone for India, where the disease accounted for nearly half of all worldwide cases just five years ago.
The announcement comes...
| Mar 24, 2014
| 4:38 PM
I have written about my brother LeRoy periodically over the years in my Daily Pilot column. I am sorry to say he passed away at the age of 79 on March 12 from complications of polio, which he contracted in 1952.
LeRoy graduated from St. Louis Park...