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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 14, 2019. 20 comments

Anti-Vaxxers Fail to Block New York Law Eliminating Religious Exemptions to Vaccine Requirements

Anti-Vaxxers Fail to Block New York Law Eliminating Religious Exemptions to Vaccine Requirements

A New York State Supreme Court Justice on Friday rejected a suit brought by 55 families attempting to block the state’s recently passed law “eliminating exemptions to school vaccination requirements on the basis of religious beliefs,” Ars Technica reported.

New York is the state hardest hit this year by outbreaks of measles, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Jul 13, 2019.

Public Health Experts Call for Aggressive, Global Push Against Antivaxxers

Public Health Experts Call for Aggressive, Global Push Against Antivaxxers

Public health experts are fed up with the anti-vaccination movement, which is most recently behind a surge of the completely preventable disease measles in the U.S. this year. So much so that a group of them has decided to issue a statement calling for institutions around the world—from search engines and social media outlets to governments—to forcibly rein them in.

Crafted by some of the most...

Catie Keck Catie Keck Jul 12, 2019.

Instagram Purges Its Platform of Some Popular Anti-Vaccine Hashtags, But Others Are Still Thriving

Instagram Purges Its Platform of Some Popular Anti-Vaccine Hashtags, But Others Are Still Thriving

Following an investigative report by the Atlantic on the prevalence of misinformation on Instagram, the company appears to be scrubbing its platform of some popular anti-vaxxer content.

In a sweeping report on misleading content and conspiracy theories at large on Instagram, the Atlantic reported Thursday that anti-vaxxer content was being surfaced on the platform through suggested follows and...

Catie Keck Catie Keck Jul 10, 2019.

UK Health Service Chief Says 'Fake News' on Social Media Contributes to Increase in Measles Cases

UK Health Service Chief Says 'Fake News' on Social Media Contributes to Increase in Measles Cases

NHS England chief Simon Stevens is among the many officials publicly addressing the wave of social media campaigns spreading dangerous misinformation about vaccinations amid ongoing preventable outbreaks .

Speaking at a health summit on Friday, Stevens cited YouTube as well as Facebook-owned Instagram and WhatsApp as among the platforms on which anti-vaxxers are spreading what he said was...

Victoria Song Victoria Song Jul 08, 2019.

Amazon Pulls Books Peddling Toxic 'Autism Cures'

Amazon Pulls Books Peddling Toxic 'Autism Cures'

Amazon has pulled two books peddling pseudoscientific “autism cures” that promote giving children potentially toxic chemical baths and medication for mercury poisoning.

Healing the Symptoms Known as Autism and Fight Autism and Win, the books in question, were amongst those highlighted in a recent report from Wired about Amazon carrying multiple books peddling dubious, potentially...

Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Jun 15, 2019. 23 comments

Police Let Mom Keep Feeding Son Bleach After She Showed Them YouTube Videos, Doctor Approval

Police Let Mom Keep Feeding Son Bleach After She Showed Them YouTube Videos, Doctor Approval

Search YouTube for “Miracle Mineral Solution” or “MMS” and you will find a trove of videos about how consuming bleach will treat various illnesses—acne, flu, malaria, HIV, hepatitis, cancer, and autism.

But MMS is just chlorine dioxide—an industrial bleach. The Food and Drug Administration has warned that MMS “can cause serious harm to health” and said the agency “has received several reports...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jun 06, 2019. 9 comments

CDC Says Measles Cases in U.S. Have Now Reached Over 1,000 So Far in 2019

CDC Says Measles Cases in U.S. Have Now Reached Over 1,000 So Far in 2019

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday that 1,001 cases of measles have been reported so far in the U.S. throughout 2019.

That number is all but certain to continue climbing in the second half of the year. Last week, the CDC warned that U.S. measles cases had reached a 25-year high —with more measles infections reported than any year since 1994, when 958 cases...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown May 09, 2019. 21 comments

This Dummy Got Chickenpox

This Dummy Got Chickenpox

See this dummy? Imagine him covered in scabby blisters. That’s probably what he looked like the last few days, as he was recently infected with chickenpox. He got the infection because he refused to get the chickenpox vaccinations. That’s particularly poetic because when the local health department banned him from attending school because he was not vaccinated, he sued .

Following a chickenpox...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Apr 30, 2019. 17 comments

Trump's Health Secretary Praises Trump for Opening Up 'Debate' on Vaccines That Is 'Settled' Now

Trump's Health Secretary Praises Trump for Opening Up 'Debate' on Vaccines That Is 'Settled' Now

The nation’s top health official, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, praised his boss Donald Trump on Monday for supposedly contributing to some kind of scientific “debate” about whether vaccines cause autism (they do not) and that it is now “settled” and Trump deserves even more credit for changing his mind (literally the least he could do).

Per Politico, Azar told reporters...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Apr 29, 2019.

Avengers: Endgame, Dark Matter, and a Fake Bear Not Named Ron: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Avengers: Endgame, Dark Matter, and a Fake Bear Not Named Ron: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

It’s nearly May, and you know what that means: Game of Thrones will be ending, Divination Bot will soon return to haunt your sleep with machine-generated nightmares, and the weather will be much less depressing.

But before you brush off April 2019 like all the other months you’ve left behind in your rush to the grave, do check out Gizmodo’s best content of the past week. Our team of editors...

Tom McKay Tom McKay Apr 25, 2019. 18 comments

Thanks, Anti-Vaxxers: 2019 Is Already a Record-Breaking Year for Measles, CDC Says

Thanks, Anti-Vaxxers: 2019 Is Already a Record-Breaking Year for Measles, CDC Says

Measles is having a big year: According to the Washington Post, the Centers for Disease Control has confirmed 695 reported cases of measles in 22 states across the U.S. so far in 2019. That’s the largest number on record since the disease was declared eliminated in the U.S. at the turn of the century.

2000 was the year that health authorities declared measles effectively eliminated across the...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Apr 20, 2019. 19 comments

Is It Illegal to Refuse to Vaccinate Your Kid In New York? This Court Says Yes

Is It Illegal to Refuse to Vaccinate Your Kid In New York? This Court Says Yes

Amidst a major measles outbreak in New York and other areas across the country, five unnamed mothers sued New York City to bar the municipality from requiring people to have measles-mumps-rubella vaccination. But a Brooklyn judge has upheld the mandate.

New York City is facing the largest measles outbreak since 1991. According to NYC Health, there have been 359 measles cases since October. The...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Apr 17, 2019. 21 comments

Antivax Parents Sue Over Mandatory Vaccination Order in New York (Which Has a Major Measles Outbreak)

Antivax Parents Sue Over Mandatory Vaccination Order in New York (Which Has a Major Measles Outbreak)

A group of five unnamed mothers are suing the city of New York, trying to get it to block a mandatory measles-mumps-rubella vaccination order city officials ordered earlier this month in specific ZIP codes in Brooklyn amid a major measles outbreak.

The city health department said that it would enforce the order by checking vaccination records and tracking down individuals who have been in...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Mar 22, 2019. 20 comments

Kentucky Family Sues Local Health Department Over School Ban of Unvaccinated Children

Kentucky Family Sues Local Health Department Over School Ban of Unvaccinated Children

A Kentucky teen and his family are suing their local health department over its attempt to protect the public from the chickenpox virus.

The lawsuit alleges that health officials violated the First Amendment rights of the boy, Jerome Kunkel, by banning him and other unvaccinated students from attending school or extracurricular activities at Assumption Academy, the private Catholic school...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Mar 18, 2019.

College Bribery, DoorDash Pay, and Captain Marvel: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

College Bribery, DoorDash Pay, and Captain Marvel: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

The tech world found itself embroiled in another appalling controversy when a white supremacist gunman entered two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15 and opened fire, killing at least 50 people and wounding scores of others in an attack apparently calculated for maximum effect on social media and live-streamed on Facebook . While tech companies have scrambled to purge the...

Tom McKay Tom McKay Mar 13, 2019. 13 comments

Italy Begins to Enforce 'No Vaccine, No School' Policy After Deadline Expires

Italy Begins to Enforce 'No Vaccine, No School' Policy After Deadline Expires

Italian schools have begun turning away children who have not received mandatory vaccinations after a temporary waiver expired, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, with at least 300 children told they could not attend kindergarten in the city of Bologna this week.

A 2017 law mandated children enrolled in Italian schools receive 10 different vaccines, the Times wrote, in “response to a...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Mar 09, 2019. 21 comments

I Love Vaccines. Which Ones Can I Get as an Adult?

I Love Vaccines. Which Ones Can I Get as an Adult?

The anti-vaccination movement has more than earned its latest round of bad press. The U.S. is currently dealing with several outbreaks of measles , a disease effectively wiped out by routine childhood vaccination in the country two decades ago. And just this week, Oregon doctors reported that a six-year-old boy had to endure months of excruciating pain because his family had chosen to not...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Mar 08, 2019. 24 comments

It Took Two Months and Nearly a Million Dollars to Save an Unvaccinated 6-Year-Old From Tetanus

It Took Two Months and Nearly a Million Dollars to Save an Unvaccinated 6-Year-Old From Tetanus

A new case report from the Centers for Disease Control released Thursday starkly highlights the costs of not vaccinating children. It details an unvaccinated 6-year-old boy’s encounter with tetanus—and the hugely expensive, two-month-long effort it took to save his life.

Tetanus is caused by the namesake bacteria Clostridium tetani. More accurately, it’s what happens when the soil-loving C....

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Mar 02, 2019. 8 comments

Amazon Appears to Yank Anti-Vaxxer Documentaries From Prime Video Streaming

Amazon Appears to Yank Anti-Vaxxer Documentaries From Prime Video Streaming

Following an open letter from Representative Adam Schiff calling on Jeff Bezos to curb the promotion of anti-vaccination content and videos on Amazon, it appears his website has done just that.

BuzzFeed News reported Friday that Andrew Wakefield’s Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe is among a number of anti-vaxxer titles that no longer populate in Prime Video search results for “vaccines”...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Feb 27, 2019. 19 comments

Texas Lawmaker Completely Unconcerned About Measles Outbreak Because of 'Antibiotics'

Texas Lawmaker Completely Unconcerned About Measles Outbreak Because of 'Antibiotics'

Some lawmakers in Texas are apparently very unworried about the growing number of epidemics across the country involving diseases once nearly eradicated by vaccines, including a five-county one in their state. A few of them are even pushing a bill that would make it even easier to opt out of vaccinations, the Texas Observer reported Tuesday, with one of claiming that people can always just...

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