The power of group identity: 22 percent of Americans remain skeptical of vaccines

According to this research, eight percent of Americans always refuse vaccines. Why?

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  • New research found that 22 percent of Americans identify as somewhat or fully resistant to vaccination.
  • Researchers used two social psychology theories to explore the causes of vaccine resistance.
  • The more one identifies with an anti-vaccine group, the harder it is to dissuade them from their ideas.
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One-time, universal flu vaccine may be on horizon, Australian researchers say

We may never have to get more than one flu shot again.

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  • Scientists have discovered immune cells that can fight all different kinds of the flu virus.
  • Depending on a patient's immune system, one shot could cover someone for 10 years or potentially life.
  • This breakthrough could save thousands worldwide.
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Bill and Melinda Gates to pay off Nigeria’s $76 million polio debt

Nigeria, which accounted for more than half of all polio cases in 2012, reported zero new cases of the infectious disease in 2017. 

UNICEF health consultant Hadiza Waya (R) tries to immunize a child during a vaccination campaign against polio in northwest Nigeria. (Photo: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images)

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Top vets reject homeopathic treatment for animals as primary care

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons issued a statement to remind its members of their fundamental obligation to science-based medicine and animal welfare. 

A vet and veterinary nurse prepare a dog for surgery. (Photo: Leon Neal/Getty Images)

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Bill Gates: We May Witness the Last Human Case of Polio This Year

But if the campaign isn’t successful, this scourge could return with a vengeance.

Bill Gates. Credit: Getty Images.

Polio (poliomyelitis) has plagued humankind throughout history. Ancient Egyptian records speak of its ravages as far back as 1403 BCE. Outbreaks struck many societies, leaving victims disabled or worse. One particularly bad epidemic in the US in 1916 took 6,000 lives. As the last century progressed, outbreaks burst onto the scene periodically.

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