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November 13, 2013
12:37 // 5 months ago
October 23, 2013
If I don’t eat a corn chip at my local taqueria because I have doubts about the lack of research on GMOs and believe it’s because science and the government are in Monsanto’s pocket, I’m not going to put my dining companions at risk of disease. But if I decide not to vaccinate my kid, I make him a potential carrier. He may be able to fight off measles, mumps, rubella, and other illnesses — but what if he spreads a disease to somebody who, for whatever reason, isn’t so lucky?
Lessley Anderson • In a new editorial, discussing those who choose not to vaccinate their children, published by The Verge earlier this week. Anderson takes a rather strong stance in the article, arguing that those who choose not to vaccinate are endangering more than just their own families, and even suggests that vaccine deniers are just plain “dumb.” What say you, dear SFB readers? Think Anderson was being a bit rough on the anti-vaccination crowd, or was she dead-on with her critique? 
14:18 // 5 months ago
January 12, 2013

NY Gov. declares state health emergency

  • 19,000+ New Yorkers sickened by the flu this year, prompting Governor Andrew Cuomo to declare a state health emergency today. The emergency authorizes the state’s pharmacists, for the next thirty days, to administer flu shots to children as young as six months old, in contrast to eighteen months under normal circumstances. According the the CDC, there have been just over 28,000 cases of flu this season nationwide, and 20 children have died from the virus. source
14:54 // 1 year ago
May 24, 2012
I think as far as the case of Mr. Afridi is concerned, it was in accordance with Pakistani laws and by the Pakistani courts, and we need to respect each other’s legal processes.
Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesperson Moazzam Ali Khan •  Discussing the sentence the country gave to Dr. Shakil Afridi for ”conspiring ‘to wage war against Pakistan or depriving it of its sovereignty,’ ‘concealing existence of a plan to wage war against Pakistan’ and ‘condemnation of the creation of the state and advocacy of abolition of its sovereignty’,” according to Pakistani newspaper Dawn. Afridi’s work running a vaccination program that doubled as a DNA-tracing program helped the U.S. find Osama bin Laden, making the decision to imprison Afridi one that has built tension between the two countries. Will the U.S. respect Pakistan’s decision?
11:32 // 1 year ago