Discussion topic: Would prenatal vaccine conversations help assuage parent fears?

June 11th, 2011 → 11:16 am @

I have a piece in tomorrow’s Washington Post Outlook section titled “An early cure for parents’ vaccine panic.” It outlines some thoughts I have about implementing a standard pre-natal appointment for parents to discuss vaccines and vaccine safety. In a recent post on my blog at the Public Library of Science, I started what I hope will be a fruitful back-and-forth for doctors and parents to share their thoughts on the issue. Check it out — I’d love to hear what you think.

Post: Parents and pediatricians: Do you think a pre-natal discussion about vaccines would help assuage fears? (The Panic Virus Blog, The Public Library of Science.)

Post Categories: Blog & Discussion

STICKY POST: Look me up in the Public Library of Science

May 29th, 2011 → 8:12 pm @

At the end of April, I moved my blog to the Public Library of Science’s Blog Network. Since then, I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to keep readers of this site informed about what’s going on over there. There doesn’t seem to be any elegant solution…at least that I’ve been able to figure out.

So: from now on, those folks interested in The Panic Virus Blog should go here — and for those of you who prefer using RSS readers, you can get my feed here.

I’m also on Twitter, I recently joined Tumblr, and I’m going to be building up The Panic Virus Facebook page over the next few weeks — so there’ll be plenty of ways to keep up with what’s going on.

Post Categories: Blog & Housekeeping

Chronic Lyme and the dangers of writing about medical manufactroversies

December 13th, 2010 → 1:09 pm @

Last week Patricia Callahan and Trine Tsouderos, two science reporters at the Chicago Tribune, published an excellent article debunking the notion that Lyme disease is a chronic condition that causes physical ailments ranging from backaches to an inability to concentrate. The Trib‘s headline does a pretty good job at summing up the story:*

Chronic Lyme disease: A dubious diagnosis. There’s little good evidence that chronic Lyme disease exists. Yet doctors are treating it with drugs that put patients and the public at risk.


Post Categories: Age of Autism & Blog & Chronic Lyme disease & Medical manufactroversies & SafeMinds & Skepchicks & Trine Tsouderos


December 5th, 2010 → 10:26 pm @

Welcome to the blog at SethMnookin.com. We’ll have things up and running soon, with plenty of updates, archives, and more…

Post Categories: Blog