Chicken Pox Parties

Despite the fact that the mainstream medical community denies a link between vaccinations and autism, more and more parents are choosing not to have their children inoculated against childhood diseases. And while every state allows some avenue of exe...

Mumps on the rise in the U.S.

The mumps are making a comeback in the United States. I mean the disease, not a post-modern punk band. The disease rose to an alarming rate in 2006, and it is feared it may take decades to eradicate it from this country. These findings come despit...

Colleges battling childhood illnesses

A couple of highly contagious disease outbreaks at two different American universities are making headlines. A mumps outbreak in Maine prompted school officials at the University of Southern Maine to ban students who didn't meet the latest mumps vac...

Outbreaks of mumps among vaccinated adolescents and young adults

Vaccines don't always work. That shouldn't come as any great surprise, but an article in the current issue of CMAJ reported before the widespread use of vaccines, mumps was the most common cause of viral meningitis (up to 10% of mumps infections). Va...

Mumps is taking over Iowa

It's baaaaack. Mumps was at one time considered a rather common childhood disease. Nowadays, even chickenpox is unusual, given the vaccination. But it had been long thought that mumps had been mostly eradicated due to vaccinations. Apparently, that i...


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