One conspiracy inevitably leads to another, and ultimately ends with a belief that everything is orchestrated by a shadowy cabal involving the Illuminati, or lizard people or, frequently, if they are anti-Semitic, “the Jews”

mocking conspiracy theories (and there are a lot of them around at the moment) is tempting, but it doesn’t work. To change minds you must challenge(...)

Gwyneth Paltrow (L) and Michaela Boehm speak onstage during the goop lab Special Screening in Los Angeles, California. Photograph: Rachel Murray/Getty Images

Gwyneth Paltrow’s range of wellness products has been criticised by the head of NHS England who warns that one of the recommended procedures poses a c(...)

Public health officials have blamed the current outbreak on a dip in the MMR (measles/mumps/rubella) vaccination rates 20 years ago. Photograph: iStock

The biggest mumps outbreak in a decade shows no sign of abating, with 103 new cases reported last week. So far this year, 2,458 cases of mumps have b(...)

Kim Kardashian and other celebrities are ‘coming into issues that have a serious effect on our public health’, Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell told an Oireachtas committee on Wednesday. File photograph: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty

Vaccinated children could be left deaf or suffer other complications through being exposed to mumps, the Oireachtas health committee has heard. Docto(...)

A child gets the MMR vaccine. There are currently several mumps outbreaks in Ireland. File photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

The origins of the word for the disease are lost in time, but most probably come from the “grimace” of the sufferer who finds swallowing painful. Mump(...)

In the Republic, the Health Protection and Surveillance Centre has just reported a large rise in the number of mumps cases notified to it in the first six weeks of 2019 compared to the same period last year. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

While there are many candidates for the most important medical breakthrough of all time, it is generally accepted that immunisation, along with improv(...)

“I am concerned that we are witnessing a resurgence in measles infection, with potentially hundreds of children put at risk of brain damage, including by SSPE.” File photograph: Getty Images

Many doctors of my generation have witnessed at first hand the devastating effects of measles infection. I have seen children with profound deafness a(...)

Meg Ryan and Gwyneth Paltrow speak in Culver City, California. Photograph: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

What have we learned from the New York Times profile of Gwyneth Paltrow? – Diane, by email Too much for one column. We could talk about the writer Ta(...)

Supporters of Dr Andrew Wakefield, the doctor at the centre of the MMR scandal, outside the GMC in London in 2010. Photograph: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

A tour of the mean streets of science was offered in Trinity College Dublin recently by Ivan Oransky, the award-winning medical journalist and keen ob(...)

Rubella – or German measles – was long considered an innocuous childhood infection, causing a trassient rash and swollen glands. Photograph: Milos Bataveljic/Getty Images

Rubella – or German measles – was long considered innocuous. A mild childhood infection among children aged four to nine years, it typically caused a (...)

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