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No Gatekeepers

Ohio12 Wrote: Feb 18, 2015 3:46 PM
No one here is calling for more government ANYTHING. The point it, that Wikipedia, while convenient and fun to read, should not be used as a definitive source.
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No Gatekeepers

Ohio12 Wrote: Feb 18, 2015 10:05 AM
Yes, erroneous information will eventually be challenged and taken down, but how soon? And how many people will read it and believe it before it is removed? Case in point: I had 2 students write that transmission of Herpes I can be prevented by wearing lip gloss. (I teach college microbiology.) It said so right on Wikipedia! Never mind that that there is nothing in the medical literature to support this. It was eventually removed, but how many 15-year olds read it and now believe as fact what was someone's crackpot (and very wrong) theory?
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The Disease Debate of 2015

Ohio12 Wrote: Feb 17, 2015 10:48 AM
I wondered that as well. The vaccine, called BCG, is not given in the United States. And tuberculosis was NEVER eradicated from the US.
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Measles, Vaccines and Autism

Ohio12 Wrote: Feb 10, 2015 1:51 PM
Babies under the age of 15 months are not vaccinated.
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Measles, Vaccines and Autism

Ohio12 Wrote: Feb 10, 2015 1:50 PM
They wouldn't. But since babies are not vaccinated against measles until 12-15 months, newborn babies ARE.
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Measles, Vaccines and Autism

Ohio12 Wrote: Feb 10, 2015 1:48 PM
Yes, in 1st world countries there is a low fatality rate for measles. But in 3rd world countries it still kills nearly 800,000 children every year. But it wouldn't...IF ONLY 3rd world countries had better nutrition, better hygiene, more vitamins...If only, if only, if only,
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Measles, Vaccines and Autism

Ohio12 Wrote: Feb 10, 2015 1:45 PM
It's a problem because babies are not vaccinated for measles until 12-15 months.
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Measles, Vaccines and Autism

Ohio12 Wrote: Feb 10, 2015 1:34 PM
There have been no cases of smallpox anywhere in the world since 1978. It is presumed eradicated, although the US and Russia still maintain stocks of it. North and South America are polio-free, but it is still present in some African countries and also on the Indian subcontinent. We still vaccinate for polio here for that reason.
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Measles, Vaccines and Autism

Ohio12 Wrote: Feb 10, 2015 1:30 PM
Measles was never eradicated from the earth, and no one claimed that it was. The US may have been measles-free, but other parts of the world were not. Your question about knowing whether people who have been vaccinated are immune (or not immune) is a good one. This can be done by taking a blood sample and testing for measles-specific antibodies. Expensive and time-consuming. The whole basis of herd immunity is that if a high enough percentage of the population is vaccinated, even non-immune individuals (unvaccinated, or immunized but the vaccine didn't "take") would be protected. But we have dropped below the threshhold percentage for that to happen; thus measles is spreading again.
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Anti-Vaccine Fanatics Kill

Ohio12 Wrote: Feb 04, 2015 1:29 PM
In 1798 the concept of clinical trials was unknown. I am no expert on eighteenth century medical practice in England, but I would be surprised if much existed in the way of medical Board exams.
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