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Don’t just blame Jenny McCarthy for the measles outbreak, blame Dr. Bob too

Measles is on its way to an all time high. In 2000 Measles was eliminated (meaning some travelers from areas with low vaccine penetration might arrive in the US with the disease, but no case came from US), but has been slowly creeping back. Since 2008 this has been more than a trickle. Let’s put the … Continue reading

Jenny McCarthy is still anti-vaccine despite what you may have learned today on Reddit

Yesterday the “news” was Jenny McCarthy had abandoned her medical degree from the University of Google, embraced science, and stated some version of vaccines are helpful and that her son never really had autism. My twitter steam was broiling with people retweeting an article from Radar Online making this claim (the link is now dead), … Continue reading

The real HPV controversy from Katie Couric’s show, her expert

Part of Katie Couric’s “controversy” on her show about the HPV vaccine was the claim by her expert, Dr. Diane Harper, that the vaccine only lasts for 5 years. I mean, why promote a 5 year vaccine to adolescent girls that will wear off and leave them at risk during their 20s? The problem with … Continue reading

Impact of Katie Couric’s misinformation on HPV vaccine in one image

After viewing Katie Couric’s show an acquaintance’s mother sent her this e-mail. Because many people believe the health information they see on TV, especially when it comes form a source like Couric who has been known, until this point anyway, as a trusted journalist.   Kate’s Couric’s “take” was about as scientific as a show entitled, … Continue reading

New York Times misleads regarding HPV vaccine and throat cancer

I was sent a link to this article that appeared July 18, 2013 in the New York Times. It has a very catchy headline: HPV Vaccine Found to Help With Cancers of the Throat Wow, I thought. Really? How is this possible? First of all, we do know that HPV is responsible for an every … Continue reading

I’ve already had HPV, should I still get the vaccine?

Thanks to Michael Douglas human papilloma virus (HPV), and HPV prevention, has been a topic of conversation. One great tool for prevention is the vaccine, which has the possibility to dramatically reduce (if not eliminate) infection with the major pathogenic types of HPV. A question that I am often asked is, “Should I get the HPV vaccine … Continue reading

HPV vaccine almost eliminates genital warts for young women, new study

While the HPV vaccine is an important weapon against cervical cancer, one of the vaccines (Gardasil) also provides coverage against HPV types 6 and 11, which cause genital warts. As this vaccine targets 4 types of HPV (16 and 18, which cause cervical cancer as well as 6 and 11) it is called a quadrivalent … Continue reading

Vaccines and Jenny McCarthy: the Oprah mea culpa interview doctors want to see

I am sure Oprah had spectacular ratings for her Lance Armstrong interview and so, in the spirit of truth-telling, I have another mea culpa show for Ms. Winfrey to consider: vaccine safety. Until Jenny McCarthy got major air time the link between vaccines and autism was relatively fringe. But with Oprah in September of 2007 McCarthy, … Continue reading

20% of kids in grade 9 have had oral sex or why your pre-teen should be vaccinated against HPV

Initiating the vaccine series for the human papilloma virus (HPV) by age 11 or 12 is recommended, although many parents balk at a vaccine to prevent a sexually transmitted virus at this tenderly perceived age because, “12 year olds shouldn’t be having sex” or better yet, “My 12-year-old won’t be having sex.” (Just to recap, HPV … Continue reading

HPV vaccine may provide benefit even for women with a history of HPV-related disease

The human papilloma virus (HPV) is the virus that causes genital warts, most cervical and vulvar cancers, and many anal cancers. HPV is particularly troublesome because even after optimal treatment recurrence is problematic. Never mind the ongoing risk of cancer, it often takes multiples visits with painful biopsies to closely monitor the situation. Many women … Continue reading

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