May 7, 2013

Social Network Trumps the CDC

1 Non-Vaccinators Heed Friends, Not MDs

The great majority of "naysayer" parents who either delay, limit, or skip their children's recommended vaccinations altogether do so regardless of medical advice from a doctor or health professional, instead relying on advice from friends, family and other members of their social network. The influence of personal acquaintances "blew any other variable out of the water," according to one University of Washington researcher, with parents whose social network tended to oppose vaccination being 1,500 times more likely to reject the official vaccination recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Naysayers were also much more likely to have turned to information sources that presented disproven “links” between vaccines and autism as factually accurate.

More at Salon.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Vaccinating Kids Helps All of Us

Tags: Vaccinations, Opposition to Vaccination, Deciding to Vaccinate, Vaccination and Autism, Parents and Vaccination

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He Says He Did It for His Kids

2 NJ’s Chris Christie Had Weight Loss Surgery

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie revealed that he had secretly undergone Lap-Band stomach surgery to lose weight. Speculation abounds as to whether he did it as a prelude to a run for president in 2016 but Christie said it was to be healthier for his kids. The goal of Lap-Band surgery, a less invasive form of gastric band surgery, is massive weight loss. It can be done as an outpatient procedure and has fewer complications than other gastric band surgeries although weight loss is slower. Christie says he has lost about 30 pounds since his surgery in February. "Christie still needs to practice good eating habits, exercise and seek a supportive environment to keep the weight off long term," says Dr. Richard Besser, ABC News’ chief health and medical correspondent.

More at ABCNews.com | Hat tip to WashingtonPost.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Gastric Bypass May Reverse Pancreas Damage

Tags: Gastric Bypass Surgery, Governor Chris Christie, Weight Loss, Weight Loss Surgery, Lap-Band Surgery, Dr. Richard Besser

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