Points of Interest: 3/24/2014

  • India beats the odds, beats polio. Rukhsar Khatoon is too young to fully grasp the significance of her life: that she is a last in a country of 1.2 billion people. She has become the greatest symbol of India's valiant -- and successful -- effort to rid itself of a crippling and potentially deadly disease. Rukhsar, 4, is the final documented case of polio in India...They had their other children vaccinated, but not Rukhsar. She was a sickly child, in and out of hospital with liver infections and diarrhea. They thought it safer not to subject her to more medication.
  • India Proves Why Vaccines Work — Here's How That Country Solved a National Epidemic."The anti-vaccination movement has yet another inconvenient truth to explain: the near-complete eradication of the polio virus across an entire country thanks to a sweeping campaign by health authorities to vaccinate children."
  • £20,000 bill for cancer claims man. A Harley Street health company boss who claimed "lifestyle changes and herbs" could cure cancer has been prosecuted and ordered to pay nearly £20,000.
  • Petitioning Wikipedia : Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia: Create and enforce new policies that allow for true scientific discourse about holistic approaches to healing. Mr. Wales responds: "No, you have to be kidding me. Every single person who signed this petition needs to go back to check their premises and think harder about what it means to be honest, factual, truthful. Wikipedia's policies around this kind of thing are exactly spot-on and correct. If you can get your work published in respectable scientific journals - that is to say, if you can produce evidence through replicable scientific experiments, then Wikipedia will cover it appropriately. What we won't do is pretend that the work of lunatic charlatans is the equivalent of "true scientific discourse". It isn't."
  • God has no place in the vaccine debate. "But just under the surface lurks a bizarre tendency to chuck it all away and revert to the cave so we can shiver in the dark and think magical thoughts. Take the anti-vaccine movement. Please."
Points of Interest: 3/25/2014
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