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Late 19th century lithograph by French artist Gaston Mélingue showing Edward Jenner vaccinating a boy on May 14, 1796. Late 19th century lithograph by French artist Gaston Mélingue showing Edward Jenner vaccinating a boy on May 14, 1796. Wikimedia Commons

Preaching to the unconverted: immunisation risks and public health

The principle of prevention being better than the cure is at the heart of public health and social marketing efforts such as immunisation. But not everyone agrees and the challenge is how to address disagreement…
A growing number of adverse events are reportedly linked to the consumption of energy drinks, such as Red Bull. A growing number of adverse events are reportedly linked to the consumption of energy drinks, such as Red Bull. Nattu/Flickr

Energy drinks and sudden death: US regulators investigate

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating a series of deaths reportedly linked to the consumption of energy drinks and shots. The investigation comes amid a growing number of reports of…
The community should look after the few unfortunate casualties of highly successful immunisation programs. The community should look after the few unfortunate casualties of highly successful immunisation programs. Sarah Gilbert

All for one and one for all: no-fault compensation for vaccine reactions

Reports on people suffering an adverse reaction to immunisation focus on the suffering of one over the safety of many. But immunisation benefits the whole community so we should all bear responsibility…