Health The anti-vaccine movement is often associated with the repeatedly debunked claim that the MMR shot causes autism. However, scientists studying anti-vax posts on Facebook found that the movement doesn't stem from one fear, but rather a range of theories believed by people spanning demographics and the political spectrum. The authors of the study published in the journal Vaccine assessed 197 Facebook users who posted anti-vaccine comments beneath a video advocating the HPV jab on the page of a local pediatric clinic. A month after the video was first shared, thousands of users posted comments over a period of eight days which the authors described as “distinctly anti-vaccine.” A comment was deemed “distinctly anti-vaccine" if it was threatening—‘‘you’ll burn in hell for killing babies”—or extremist—‘‘you have been brainwashed.” Beth Hoffman, lead … [Read more...] about Anti-vaxxers Are Anti-vaxxers for One of These Four Reasons
BIRTHDAY GAL: Actress Sonequa Martin-Green was born in Russellville, Ala., on this day in 1985. This birthday gal portrays Michael Burnham on “Star Trek: Discovery” and Sasha Williams on “The Walking Dead.” She played the recurring role of Courtney Wells on “The Good Wife” and has appeared on episodes of “New Girl,” “Once Upon a Time,” and “Gossip Girl.” She will next star in the upcoming film drama “The Outside Story.” ARIES (March 21-April 19): Be direct and to the point. Don't rehash old arguments or misunderstandings. Don't get signals crossed when the perfect opportunity arrives to make a big impression on someone who can upgrade your reputation.TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You don't need to outdo anyone, but you may do it anyway. Your competitiveness might seem to be on steroids so you can't help yourself. Do something constructive to promote your business or career.GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Don't … [Read more...] about Horoscope for March 21, 2019: Gemini, don’t bite off your nose to spite your face;
Dear Amy: My 7-year-old son has recently discovered Michael Jackson. I am having a hard time with it. With allegations Michael Jackson of child molestations, it's hard to constantly hear his music being played by my child.My son's interest is at the point where for his recent birthday friends and family bought him a record, an MJ patch to wear on his jacket and a white bedazzled glove.My son has definitely received lots of instruction about "stranger danger" and such, but do I tell him his musical idol would potentially be a grownup that might want to harm him? If I told him he simply wasn't allowed to listen anymore, he would want some kind of explanation. Or do we simply wait this out until it passes and have a difficult conversation when he's older?For the record, Amy, I believe the accusers, which makes this all especially hard.What is your advice?-- Concerned ParentDear Concerned: On one hand, no parent should quash their own instincts in order to let something slide.However, I do … [Read more...] about Ask Amy: Parent can’t stomach 7-year-old son’s Michael Jackson obsession
DEAR ABBY: For several years, my husband and I were good friends with “Pam” and “David.” About a year ago, we moved to a new house just a few blocks from theirs. They decided they liked some of the features of our new home and immediately started remodeling theirs to resemble ours.Pam and David both work and I am retired, so Dave asked if I would go to their home throughout the day, while several workmen did this extensive remodel. I refused, saying I wasn’t comfortable alone in someone else’s house with a bunch of strangers milling about, not to mention the responsibility if something was broken or stolen. (The company wasn’t bonded. They are just random guys doing side jobs.) Long story short, David was extremely offended that I declined and no longer speaks to us. He has shunned other friends for lesser things since then. I’m still friendly with Pam, but I can’t help feeling that deep down she resents me, too, and thinks I should … [Read more...] about Dear Abby: Friend makes request, she says no. Who’s in the wrong?
By Erin Allday Updated 3:55 pm PDT, Wednesday, March 20, 2019 Jenna Lester (right), assistant professor, Department of Dermatology, UCSF Health, talks with patient Elba Clemente-Lambert (left) in an exam room in the Dermatology Clinic China Basin Location about a rash and itchy skin on Friday, March 15, 2019 in San Francisco, Calif. less Jenna Lester (right), assistant professor, Department of Dermatology, UCSF Health, talks with patient Elba Clemente-Lambert (left) in an exam room in the Dermatology Clinic China Basin Location about a rash and ... more Photo: Lea Suzuki / The Chronicle Buy photo Photo: Lea Suzuki / The Chronicle Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 Jenna Lester (right), assistant professor, Department of Dermatology, UCSF Health, talks with patient Elba … [Read more...] about UCSF opens “skin of color” dermatology clinic to address disparity in care