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Meryl Nass

* Hospitalist, Mount Desert Island Hospital (2003 â?? present) * Private Practice, Freeport, Maine, 4 years (ended 2002 with surgery for a spinal meningioma) * Chair of Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee (2006 â?? present) * Director of... Full Bio
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HR 2322: A One-Size-Fits-All Bill to Vaccinate Every American Child With Every Vaccine CDC/ ACIP... by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Wow!  Who saw that coming?  The Constitution did not specify that medical care was a federal responsibility, so for over 200 years it has been left to the states.  Yes, fift ... Read on »
Immunocompromised children: what are their infectious risks from the unvaccinated? by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine In the last few days there have been multiple news articles and testimonies in the Maine and Vermont legislatures about the need to impose vaccine mandates to protect immuno ... Read on »
Why Would You Vaccinate a Newborn for Hepatitis B? by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine My maternal grandfather died in 1968 of what was almost certainly a fulminant Hepatitis B infection (causing rapid liver failure, occurring in just 1% of acute cases). He pr ... Read on »
DPT vaccine: Is your child at risk from unvaccinated children?/ CDC by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine "Asymptomatic carriers are important for transmission of diphtheria. Immunity (either via natural infection or vaccine-induced) does not prevent carriage. ... Read on »
WHO takes a stand for transparency in clinical trials research / Science by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Pharmaceutical companies conduct pre-clinical (without people) and clinical research (utilizing human subjects) to understand the effects of drugs they are developing. Until ... Read on »
When FDA inspections of clinical trials discover actionable research misconduct, how is the public... by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine JAMA Intern Med.  2015 Apr 1;175(4):567-77. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.7774. Seife C 1. Every year, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspects several ... Read on »
Vaccines are very profitable today/ Atlantic by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine In that same panel on vaccines, another panelist alleged that vaccines are a low-margin product and a low profit industry.  It was said that many companies left the market. ... Read on »
Has Merck formed an unholy alliance with influential medical journals, as well as with CDC? by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Yesterday I was in a televised panel discussion about vaccines, and I suggested that Merck might influence CDC by donating to CDC's foundation and by having hired CDC's for ... Read on »
FBI's AMERITHRAX Case just unravelled. Ex-FBI agent who directed investigation suing FBI, turns... by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Here is the Complaint, filed on April 2, 2015 alleging gross mishandling of the case on many levels, and concealment of evidence exonerating Bruce Ivins: http:// ... Read on »
CDC's too-early measles vaccination rule has left millions of vaccinated Americans without... by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Lots of babies get measles in Africa and India, and it is a significant cause of death there.  A great deal of work has gone into developing measles vaccines that can be g ... Read on »
The Economics of Obamacare/ NY Review of Books by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Marcia Angell (Harvard professor, writer and former NEJM editor) has penned another excellent book review for the NY Review of Books.  This time, she discusses Stephen Bril ... Read on »
Really? Hundreds of parents jailed in Pakistan for not giving children polio vaccine--a vaccine... by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Pakistan jails 471 parents who refused to give polio vaccine to children-- The Guardian Parents in north-west of country were imprisoned under government order ... Read on »
Comparing measles cases by year in the US/ CDC, WaPo by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine This graph comes from the Washington Post .  Before 1993 there were many US measles cases, mainly due to waning of vaccine-induced immunity. Then an additional MMR dose was ... Read on »
Internal audit slams DHS for canceling technology to fight bio-threats/ WaPo by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine And another story about an inexplicable contracting decision regarding a biodefense product, in today's WaPo : Last year, a Silicon Valley start-up came close to producing ... Read on »
Limited airborne transmission of Ebola is ‘very likely,’ new analysis says/ WaPo by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine As discussed in this blog last October and November, Ebola transmission by air is likely, but also likely not a major form of spread. The WaPo comments on an academic piece ... Read on »
FACTS: Only 25% of recent US measles cases were vaccine refusers; there have been no US measles... by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine A few facts about measles need to be told.  Measles is not rapidly expanding in the US or internationally, and CDC says  the rate of vaccination for measles has been stabl ... Read on »
Safety and Effectiveness of the MMR vaccine: info from CDC and DHHS by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I've been asked to contrast the risk from the disease measles with the risk from the measles vaccine, usually the MMR.  MMR stands for Measles, Mumps, Rubella (rubella is ge ... Read on »
What you need to know about the measles epidemic. Then relax by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Measles is uncomfortable. I remember having it, and it was the worst of all my childhood diseases. It was very painful to eat and drink. Still, it was over in a week. ... Read on »
Can the Vaccine Wars Get Any Weirder? Father of (Unvaccinated) Boy With Leukemia Asks California... by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The son has been treated for leukemia and is still immune-compromised, has not received the live measles vaccine, as it might be dangerous for him. So the dad wants his c ... Read on »
WHO mulls reforms to repair reputation after bungling Ebola; must guard against donor fatigue/ AP,... by Meryl Nass Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine From the AP : GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization is debating how to reform itself after botching the response to the Ebola outbreak, a sluggish perform ... Read on »