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Dr. Offit Quotes: Top 10 List

Dr. Offit Quotes: Top 10 List

My favorite late night television host of all time was David Letterman. He was on the air for 33 years, from 1982 to 2015. I thoroughly enjoyed his wacky, cutting edge, biting humor. He was definitely not palatable to everyone’s taste—certainly not like Johnny Carson. But you just had to love his Stupid Pet Tricks segment or crazy stunts like the time he had the U.S. women’s soccer team kick soccer balls off the roof above the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City. Perhaps the segment I looked forward to the most was Dave’s nightly Top 10 List where he would read (or have a guest read) a list of 10 items on a particular theme, going from…

Dr. Peter Hotez: “Snuff Out” Anti-Vaccine Movement

Dr. Peter Hotez: “Snuff Out” Anti-Vaccine Movement

Occasionally, I come across an article that really riles me. Okay fine, when it comes to vaccine science and vaccination policy, I’ll admit this happens almost every day. Still, there was an opinion published recently in Scientific American that I found particularly annoying. It’s titled “Will an American-Led Anti-Vaccine Movement Subvert Global Health?” and was written by pediatrician Peter J. Hotez, MD, PhD, director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development in Houston and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine.

What if We Underestimate the Economic Cost of Vaccinating?

What if We Underestimate the Economic Cost of Vaccinating?

In a study conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and published in the journal Health Affairs on Oct. 12, 2016, it was estimated that the cost to the U.S. economy of people deciding not to get government recommended vaccines to prevent 10 infectious diseases was $7.1 billion in 2015. The research team, led by Sachiko Ozawa, PhD, associate…

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