World Immunisation Week – Day Three – On Vaccine Hesitation And Other Resources

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A few useful links and resources:From Science, 25 April 2014 Editorial, Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy - Barry R. Bloom, Edgar Marcuse, Seth Mnookin (viewable for free with registration): A recent report concluded that current public health communication about vaccines may actually increase misperceptions or reduce vaccination intention, and that attempts to increase concerns about communicable diseases or correct false claims about vaccines may be counterproductive. Research is needed to … [Read more...]

World Immunisation Week – Day Two – Should Adults Get Vaccinated?

Today is also ANZAC day, which - for those of you outside of Australia - is essentially like Veteran's Day:Getting up at dawn to attend services at military sites or local monuments is a long standing tradition; so is marching in ceremonies held around the country.So, today I didn't do much in terms of looking at vaccinations - but I did do something yesterday in preparation for tomorrow, because today's a national holiday, and the doctor's office is shut.Tomorrow I'm taking a … [Read more...]

Little Kitten – Protecting Our Tomorrows: Portraits of Meningococcal Disease

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The Protecting Our Tomorrows: Portraits of Meningococcal Disease e-book is available now as a free download on the iBook Store. Protecting Our Tomorrows: Portraits of Meningococcal Disease’ is a global meningococcal disease awareness campaign led by iconic photographer Anne Geddes and patient support groups from around the world. The campaign is aimed at educating parents about the threat of meningococcal disease and the importance of prevention through inspirational photographs that celebrate s … [Read more...]

World Immunisation Week – The Immunisation Song

Check out Juicy Mutyaba and Bebe Cool's 'Immunisation Song', made possible by UNICEF Uganda, to see what we mean. Altogether now: "prevention is better than cure..." … [Read more...]

World Immunisation Week – Day One – World Meningitis Day

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Back when I was involved with extra-curricular activities as a teacher, one of the strongest memories I have is standing around freezing my arse off during the Head of The River, while trying not to get the Official School Yearbook Digital Camera (which weighed about the same as my handbag, unlike the little credit-card size ones these days) soaked in the Swan River.Every student attending, no matter which school, had one of these: an individual water bottle.Every student. Because every … [Read more...]

#ITouchMyselfProject – Cancer Council NSW’s Breast Cancer Anthem

You can help keep Chrissy's dream alive by spreading her message. Visit http://itouchmyself.org.From the website: 'I Touch Myself' was the Divinyls' biggest hit and touched millions of fans around the globe. Released in December 1990, the single was No. 1 on the charts at home and reached the Top 5 in the US.It is a song that celebrates female sexuality like no other. Like Chrissy, it is bold, brave, and brassy. It rocked our world. And when Chrissy developed breast cancer, it was a … [Read more...]

Official Trailer For An Honest Liar With James Randi – Now Out!

“We could make a movie about just a simple biography of Randi and his background — but we’re a little more ambitious than that.” — Documentary Filmmaker Justin Weinstein. You can check out the interview with the documentary makers - or even just read the transcript taken from the Token Skeptic podcast. … [Read more...]

What Does Jenny McCarthy Say In Her Book “Louder Than Words”? (Re: Jenny McCarthy: The Gray Area On Vaccines)

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"The Playboy model and chat show host tries to whitewash her anti-vaccine stand. But there's no ducking the misinformed things she's said." - Jeffery Kluger, Time Magazine.Back in 2009, I got a second-hand copy of Jenny McCarthy's "Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey In Healing Autism" and then (a few years later) a copy of her second book in a discard library bin, called "Mother Warriors"."Mother Warriors" has a number of different contributors, so it's less about what McCarthy writes … [Read more...]

WAHOOO Thanks QEDCon and UK Skeptic Magazine – Win For Ockham’s Video 2013

Quick news - last year I took part in TEDxPerth and a short presentation I did was filmed; it was called Superstition 'Ain't The Way.On Friday morning, I was asked if I had something to either have said or presented via video as a finalist (which I didn't expect, as I didn't see a "finalists" list anywhere apart from a few great folk on Twitter saying that they made it to the finals in their categories). So, I didn't expect to win at such notice.Which is why I made a quick minute-long … [Read more...]

New Urban Legendary – Interview With Joe Kleiman About The Documentary “Blackfish”,

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The podcast will be out on the iTunes site at Urban Legendary. Please subscribe and consider sponsoring the show at http://www.patreon.com/kyliesturgess!Thanks to sponsors, I'm able to work on these extended episodes - it's available at the Token Skeptic site as a blogpost too. Sometimes I watch documentaries - but I usually keep a skeptical attitude about them. After years of teaching Media studies and senior English classes about non-fiction films, I'm always a little taken aback when I … [Read more...]

Up Stream – A Film About Complex Science (FUNDED!!)

Most people with any interest in science will know that there's a range of science-based issues on which we're seeing significant public debate. On climate change, genetically modified foods, vaccination and evolution - and many others besides - it's as if a large gap has opened up between what science is telling us and the political and social response.Some have sought to blame this situation on a lack of science literacy or understanding of science in the general population. They've … [Read more...]


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