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The Mumps Bibliography February 9, 2011

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Taylor, Brent. “Autism and measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine: no epidemiological evidence for a casual association.” The Lancet 353.9169 (1999): 2026-2029. Web.

This is a scholarly article from The Lancet medical journal.  It was written in response to Andrew Wakefield’s study published in the same journal that stated the MMR vaccine could cause autism.  This article claims that there is no link between the vaccine and autism.  It is a full case report including write-ups on patients and methods, results, and discussion.  The use of scientific graphs and charts breaks down further the results of the experiments.

The Lancet is obviously a world renowned medical journal.  However, it is still hard to accept some of their publishings because of the issue with Wakefield’s fraudulent study.  While the science is sound and helpful to those interested, it is easy tell that this study is done solely to refute the first, almost as a cover-up for publishing a questionable report the first time.  Still, by all accounts Wakefield’s actions reflected solely on him and not the journal, so one can consider this a worthy site for scholarly articles on medicine.

“Mumps.”  New York State Department of Health. October 2010. <>

“Mumps Information.” James Madison Univeristy. October 2006. <>


Head Lice Bibliography

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“Head Lice.” Directors of Health Promotion and Education. Web. 8 February 2011.

“10 Downing Street bugged?” The Times of India 5 February 2011. Web.

Downs, A.M.R. “Evidence for double resistance to permethrin and malathion in head lice.” British Journal of Dermatology 114.3 (1999): 508-511. Web.

This is an article from a scholarly journal on the phenomenon of head lice becoming resistant to current medicines.  A case study was performed in the UK where the head lice from students in Bath and Bristol were tested for their response to specifically permethrin and malathion.  In these cases the lice was resistant to both medicines.  As quoted in the summary, “This is the first report of doubly resistant head lice.

This source is very refutable because of its appearance in a renowned medical journal.  While very informative, the language is very scientific and hard to understand if one is looking for a quick answer on this subject. Still, this is a full lab report that details every step of the process from subjects and methods to results and discussion.  There are graphics to also help one understand the case findings and a list of many references.


Chickenpox Bibliography

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“Chickenpox: The disease, the vaccine and the parties.” Parents PACK. December 2010. Web.

This is an article from an issue of Parents PACK, a newsletter published by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  It discusses the occurrence of chickenpox parties, where parents willingly expose their children to the virus.  The thought process behind this action is to give a child the disease early in their life when they can most easily fight it and then become immune to it.  The article discusses some dangers with this practice, such as going to complete strangers houses to have these “parties.”  An article from the New York Post is also quoted to further discuss the new trend.  The article also gives basic facts about the disease and its vaccine.

This source is refutable because of its association with an accredited hospital. Not only is it a good source for this topic but their are many more topics about children and medicine in the Parents PACK archives.  Most of the articles are written without bias because their sole purpose is to  help parents any way they can in raising their children.  The site is very informative and easy to navigate.

Healthwise Staff. “Chickenpox (Varicella).” Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Healthwise, Incorporated, 26 May 2010. Web. 7 February 2011.

Kriss M.D., Nathan. “Chickenpox Pneumonia: A Case Report.” Radiology 66.5 (1956): 727-729. Web.

Friedman, Emily. “Doctors Wary of Dangerous Pox Parties.” ABC News/ Health. ABC News Internet Ventures, 2 February 2009. Web. 13 February 2011.


Polio Controversy Bibliography February 2, 2011

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Akande, AA and TM. “Polio Eradication in Nigeria: – Controversies and Way Forward.” African Journal of Clinical and Experimental Microbiology. 7.3 (2006). 2 February 2011

This is a scholarly article written in the African Journal of Clinical and Experimental Microbiology.  It discusses the vaccination efforts in Northern Nigeria, where polio is still raging despite global efforts to rid the world of the disease by 2002.  The vaccination efforts have been halted due to religious, political, and scientific protests. This article was written in 2006 and discusses what to do now to get the campaign back on track and move forward. The article is structured into categories discussing the history of polio in Nigeria, the controversy, and the way forward with bulleted points for emphasis.  This structure makes it easy to read and understand, making the writers argument for persuasive.


“Polio.” Department of Public Health and Human Services. State of Montana. Web. 5 February 2011.



Measles Bibliography

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Axton, J. H. M. “The Natural History of Measles.” Zambezia. 7. 2 (1979): 139-154. Web.

Cohen, Elizabeth and Falco, Miriam. “Retracted autism study an ‘elaborate fraud,’ British journal finds.” CNN Health. CNN, 5 January 2011. Web. 1 February 2011. <>

“Measles,” and “Rubella (German  Measles).” KidsHealth. Nemours. Web. 1 February 2011.

Seeman, Neal and Mary. “Austism and the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Vaccine: Need to Communicate a Health Study Retraction to Patients.” Journal of Participatory Medicine. Society for Participatory Medicine, 17 December 2010. Web. 1 February 2011.

“The Problem,” “The Vaccine,” and “The Solution.” Measles Initiative. The American Red Cross, 2009. Web. 1 February 2011.

Measles Initiative is a website devoted to the eradication of the measles disease around the world.  It is divided into different subsections covering the problems with the disease, the solution, how one can help the cause, and links to news reports about the organization.  The website talks about all the good the organization has done in terms of lowering the number of deaths from measles each year.  This may be slightly biased, however, as the website would obviously be promoting the organization in the best light.  The creator makes his argument to persuade people to donate to the effort.  Still, this website is supported by the American Red Cross which is a highly respected aid organization.  One can trust that the information they read on this site is factual and that any money they donate will go where it is needed.


Sample Chickenpox Bibliography January 31, 2011

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“Varicella (chickenpox) In-Short.” September 24, 2008. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. January 31, 2011. <;

This resource is a website created by the CDC as a place for citizens to get information on the chickenpox disease.  The creator of the website specifically covered a brief description of the disease as well as symptoms, along with its complications, vaccine, methods of transmission and who should be vaccinated.  Since this is a scientific source there is no angle or argument formed by the author, but the effectiveness of the reporting comes from the legitimacy of the source.  The CDC is the country’s foremost expert on infectious diseases and the information they provide can be considered the final word on any questions regarding health issues.  This website is a great source for anyone looking for information on chickenpox, including many other diseases.