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Vaccination deniers gaining traction, NHS boss warns

Vaccination deniers gaining traction, NHS boss warns

Health
The head of NHS England has warned that "vaccination deniers" are gaining traction on social media as part of a "fake news" movement.Simon Stevens said parents were seeing "fake messages" online about vaccines, which was making it harder to "win the public argument" on vaccination.NHS England is considering what action can be taken to stop such messages spreading, Mr Stevens said.He said the health service needed to support parents on the issue.'Fake messages'Speaking at a health summit held by the Nuffield Trust think tank, Mr Stevens said that there had been a "steady decline" in the uptake of the measles vaccine over the last five years. He went on to describe the uptake of the MMR vaccine among five-year-olds in England (87.5% compared with the World ...
Emails show cooperation among EPA, climate-change deniers

Emails show cooperation among EPA, climate-change deniers

Technology
Newly released emails show senior Environmental Protection Agency officials working closely with a conservative group that dismisses climate change to rally like-minded people for public hearings on science and global warming, counter negative news coverage and tout Administrator Scott Pruitt's stewardship of the agency. John Konkus, EPA's deputy associate administrator for public affairs, repeatedly reached out to senior staffers at the Heartland Institute, according to the emails. "If you send a list, we will make sure an invitation is sent," Konkus wrote to then-Heartland president Joseph Bast in May 2017, seeking suggestions on scientists and economists the EPA could invite to an annual EPA public hearing on the agency's science standards. Follow-up emails show Konkus and the Heartla...