Why the Anti-Vaxxers are Wrong

Disclaimer:  I have no background in healthcare.  My own opinions regarding health issues are based on personal experience, observation and print material available to general readers. Please click the two links at the end of this post.  One goes to an outstanding New York Times op-ed piece by Dr. Peter J. Hotez, and the other goes to an American Academy of Pediatrics document with additional links to research documents on childhood vaccines. I’ll admit I haven’t looked very closely at the latter. We can’t argue with the claim that a small number of people have become very ill after receiving one … Continue reading Why the Anti-Vaxxers are Wrong

Off-Label Prescribing For Young Children

Disclaimer: I have no background and no formal education in healthcare. This blog post shares a concern about the public health and offers recommendations for further reading.  A link to an article in The New York Times appears at the end of this post. The overprescribing of drugs has a weird, contradictory history.  For decades, we’ve had concerns about the prescribing habits of doctors who encourage or force patients to take medications (psychotropics and others) which may not be well-suited for those people.  On the other hand, when prescription medicines are advertised directly to the public — as they are … Continue reading Off-Label Prescribing For Young Children