When Children Die

Like many other people from Ottawa, I have been very much affected over many years by the courage of Jonathan Pitre, who passed away on Wednesday evening. He was 17 years old and suffered from epidermolysis bullosa. There have been tributes for Jonathan from so many, including hockey players and civic leaders and journalists, as…

Journalism and the Scientific Method

Three years ago, I reviewed Seth Mnookin’s book The Panic Virus. In that review, I noted the importance of science reporting in assisting the public’s understanding of scientific research and science in general. Keeping this in mind, I want to highlight an article from the Ottawa Citizen by Elizabeth Payne, a Postmedia health reporter. The…

My Expertise in Bad News

Most writers love to have a piece that people read over and over and, in general, I am the same way. Having said this, my second most popular blog, which is published on The Scientific Parent website http://thescientificparent.org/, has been reposted and read more often that I ever wanted or would like. The particular blog is…

“Balance” or Bias: My Favourite Vaccine Book

The book The Panic Virus by Seth Mnookin inspired my blogging project for the summer, which was vaccines. The author explores why the myth that vaccines cause developmental disorders persists despite extensive research that demonstrates just the opposite. http://sethmnookin.com/the-panic-virus/ Mnookin follows the course of a theory by a now discredited British gastroenterologist, Andrew Wakefield, that…

The Summer of Vaccines

Since I have come home from the World Health Assembly, vaccines have been on my mind. They have been on my mind so much that it has been impossible to think about anything else in a considered enough fashion to be able to write about it. I have been reading books about vaccines and vaccination,…