A Poxy Blog Post

September 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm (Miscellaneous) (, , , , , , , , , )

While discussing South Park with a friend, the subject of chicken pox came up and my friend asserted that chicken pox was always mild in babies. Being an insufferable pedant, I picked up on the word “always” and queried the claim. Read the rest of this entry »

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Retro MMR story: Beezy Marsh, Carol Vorderman, JABS, and The Daily Mail

February 13, 2009 at 9:07 pm (Anti-Vaccination, Bad Science, Media) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Spotted this article on Google news today: “Blair should tell the truth on MMR”, says Carol Vorderman. It’s an old one but it popped up on the current Google news – possibly because it’s been updated in some way. I don’t know, but I found the article fascinating anyway. I think it’s a good example of the media’s MMR obsession and it features a few of the usual suspects.

Carol, of course, was mentioned in Ben Goldacre’s “The media’s MMR hoax”. The article in question, meanwhile, seems to have been written by Beezy Marsh. Journalisted.com tells me that Beezy has written most often on these subjects: MMR, NHS, Health (with Government and Life Alliance [Note: I think that should actually be “Pro-Life Alliance”] not too far behind). I know her best for her work with the Daily Fail, but Beezy has also written for the Telegraph. Here’s one story she wrote and here is a letter to the Telegraph from Ben Goldacre. Read the rest of this entry »

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