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Needling The Anti-Vaccine Crowd: Who Gets Blamed When Kids Get Sick?

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Dr. Shapero/Flickr

Art Caplan’s view on vaccinations and civic responsibility initiated an infectious response on the Harvard Law School blog where it first appeared and among WBUR’s Here & Now listeners who tuned into the show earlier this week.

Caplan, the founding head of the Division of Bioethics at New York University Langone Medical Center, argues that parents who veto vaccinations should be held legally responsible to any party that gets sick because of that decision.

Now, as anyone who has ever written about vaccines and parenting knows, when you touch on these topics, the comments can get pretty emotional.

Here’s Paloma Smith:

…stop looking for excuses for your reckless behavior. Your child should be vaccinated, period. That is why diseases in this country are much less of a concern than in third-world countries. Continue reading

Daily Rounds: Health Care Waste; Sleepless Children Risk Obesity; Doctor-Patient Failure to Communicate; Social Media in Medicine

Health Care Wastefulness Is Detailed in Studies – NYTimes.com More than a quarter of acute-care medical visits are to the ER, not primary care, study finds. Also, an estimate of the cost of “defensive medicine:” $45 billion.  (The New York Times)

In Young Kids, Lack Of Sleep Linked To Obesity Later – NPR Those who sleep less than 10 hours a night are almost twice as likely to gain too much weight, and naps don’t help, researcher says. (NPR)

Patients overestimate benefit of heart stents, study says – Boston.com What Bay State Medical Center doctors thought they told patients — “This will ease your chest pain” — and what patients thought they heard — “This will prevent heart attacks.” (Boston Globe)

amednews: Social media pose ethical unknowns for doctors – American Medical News What if your patient wants to friend you on Facebook? What if you want to report your whereabouts on FourSquare? The AMA suggests some guidelines. (ama-assn.org)