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The Perception of Vaccines

“CDC caught hiding data showing mercury in vaccines linked to autism“ I’m embarking on a new project for my independent study.  I wish to study the reasons as to why one may refuse vaccination for oneself or children.  Thoughts that come to mind in considering factors that may influence one’s choice include gender, socioeconomic status, education,…

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Infectious Diseases in our Increasingly Globalized World

  Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recently announced the Global Health Security Agenda.  This is an initiative taken on by global partners ranging from the CDC, Department of Health and Human Services, Agriculture and State, to international organizations, and other countries.  As mentioned on the CDC’s website, the three…

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Nomenclature—which is which?

Before I jump into larger, more in-depth topics (and perhaps more intriguing), I feel that is necessary to first define our words.  This is important as words carry so many varying perceptions and connotations. I first wish to define two words that seem simple and arguably, self-explanatory: infection versus disease.  Most often, these words are used synonymously, yet…