Disneyland is in the news, and not because it is the most magical place on earth.   It also is the origin of the most recent rubeola measles outbreak, now spread to seven states and Mexico with over eighty cases diagnosed so far.  Unvaccinated children are being kept home from school in some California districts and vaccination requirements once again have become a battleground between  public health agencies and the “right ...

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This past Christmas holiday, an as-yet-unidentified “index case” -- the first person to start an epidemic -- visited Disneyland in California. Five employees became infected, along with dozens of visitors to the park. Since then, the outbreak has spread to about 80 people, including people who’ve caught it not directly from visiting Disney, but by coming in contact with Disney cases. These “secondary” cases will soon lead to “tertiary” cases ...

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Headlines still appear about the vaccine “controversy.” However, there really isn’t one is there? Vaccines hold no controversy in the arenas of science, public health records, and medical schools across the country. In fact, the use of vaccines is considered standard of care. All mainstream religions uphold their immense value and even make them a part of their humanitarian relief programs. So, what is happening? I am a physician and a ...

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“Hefur þú lært um Staphylococcus aureus?” I almost don’t recognize the bacteria name because my grandmother pronounces it differently in Icelandic. “Já–” I’m about to translate my microbiology flashcard for her when she interrupts, her hands busy kneading the cookie dough and her eyes on my little sister near the oven. That’s the bacteria that almost killed her eleven years ago, she tells me. I can hear her words building up. This ...

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Even I am not immune to influenza. In Northeastern Ohio, there have been more hospitalizations and school closings this year from influenza. And, let me tell you, as a family physician who also sees patients in the hospital and the office, we have seen a lot more respiratory illnesses versus last year. No, I'm not one of those Dr. Oz hypocrites who skip the influenza vaccine. We already know the 
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CHEST_sig_horiz_PMS-TMThere’s been a lot in the press lately about the flu shot not being effective this year. This provides an excellent opportunity to educate about what the flu vaccine is and why it is important. First, a review of basic biology and immunology. Antigens are proteins on the surface of organisms that trigger an immune response. Recognition of these antigens is how your body ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today: Long-Term Danger for Kids' Tackle Football? Cognitive impairments in retired professional football players with behavioral or mental complaints were more pronounced in those who had played tackle football prior to age 12. Skipping Doses to Save $$$. Nearly 8% of adults in the U.S. did not take their medications ...

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ZDoggMD channels his inner Bruno Mars so we can all get vaccinated.

Measles in Disneyland should be a wake-up call for the anti-vaccine movement.  Will it? Magicians Penn and Teller do their part and show us why anti-vaccination is nonsense. (Warning: explicit language.)

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