| Mar 8, 2015
| 7:12 AM
Wearing name tags, they sit around tables, with paper handouts full of research spread around them. Within reach are pens and paper.
Also within reach, on the floor, are crutches, walkers and wheelchairs.
Their attention is on Dr. Meg Lawton, a...
| Feb 4, 2015
| 2:12 PM
The current debate about vaccines shouldn't even be a debate. I suppose you had to grow up as a child in the 1950s, during the polio epidemic, to appreciate the value of vaccinations.
I still remember when our neighborhood was affected when two young...
| Mar 4, 2015
Last Sunday's Chicago Tribune carried a story by Ron Grossman, who wrote about polio in Chicago in the 1950s; how the illness caused hundreds of deaths each year, creating widespread fear.
If you lived in the city then, you heard the alarm in a parent's...
| Mar 3, 2015
| 2:21 PM
Measles outbreaks this winter have sickened more than 150 people in 17 states, and it has been a wake up call for public health officials who thought the disease had been eradicated from the United States in 2000.
Measles is a very contagious viral...
| Jan 30, 2015
| 2:15 PM
What began as a curious story of a small measles outbreak in, of all places, the so-called Happiest Place on Earth, Disneyland, has stretched to nearly 100 cases across eight states and into Mexico.
With all the health problems that can befall people,...
| Feb 25, 2015
| 8:18 AM
Debating vaccination requirements isn’t new, but panic over the recent measles outbreak has triggered heated arguments and plenty of fresh questions. This issue goes beyond social media rants and false claims. So, what’s the real deal with...
| Feb 18, 2015
| 2:01 PM
When I was a child in the 1950s there was only the polio vaccine. Vaccines against other childhood illnesses such as measles, mumps and rubella were not available. Potential complications of measles infection in unvaccinated children include ear...
| Feb 18, 2015
| 2:01 PM
This law is long overdue. The absence of it is due to ignorance and timidity by well-meaning legislators.
Living through the worldwide polio epidemic during the 1950s, when virologist Jonas Salk developed the polio vaccine, I remember the Catholic nuns...
| Jan 27, 2015
| 6:20 PM
Last year saw more U.S. measles cases than in any other year in nearly the last quarter century, and 2015 isn't looking a whole lot better, after someone at Disneyland infected people who infected other people in what has become a seven-state outbreak....
| Jan 29, 2015
After President Franklin D. Roosevelt took office in 1933, his Jan. 30th birthday became a nation wide celebration - and fund raising effort to fight polio....
| Feb 16, 2015
| 3:17 PM
When I was growing up in the 1950s, my siblings and I contracted the measles, mumps, chicken pox, whooping cough, scarlet fever and other so-called childhood illnesses because there was no way to prevent them, other than quarantine. My sister came close...