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Arthur Allen

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Congress Finds Nothing Underhanded About CDC's Thimerosal Work

(31) Comments | Posted September 30, 2007 | 8:02 PM

A Senate committee commissioned 18 months ago to investigate whether federal agencies had cooked the books on their thimerosal research found no evidence to support these claims in a report it issued Friday.

Several members of Congress, spurred by groups like SafeMinds and the National Autism Association, have alleged that...

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Thimerosal Vindicated in Another Study, Yet ... the Show Must Go On

(60) Comments | Posted September 27, 2007 | 12:38 PM

A New England Journal of Medicine study has added another brick to the wall of evidence closing out a link between vaccines and autism and other brain disorders. Unfortunately, the public relations effect of the study will be muted because the anti-mercury activists who helped plan it withdrew their support...

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Epidemiology On The Dock

(9) Comments | Posted June 26, 2007 | 9:58 AM

After two weeks of examining arcane biological theories for Michelle Cedillo's autism, the federal "vaccine court" on Monday heard a final day of testimony that centered on two dozen population studies of the possible link between vaccines and autism--evidence that has convinced the world's major health agencies there is no...

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The Powerful Case Against MMR in Autism

(20) Comments | Posted June 21, 2007 | 4:36 PM

In April 2000, with the British MMR scare in full flower and thousands of alarmed parents refusing to vaccinate their kids, scientists Andrew Wakefield and John O'Leary appeared in the circus-like hearing room of Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind) to present their evidence that the measles-mumps-rubella "jab" was causing a gut...

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In Autism-Vaccine Case, RNA and a Prayer

(11) Comments | Posted June 18, 2007 | 10:13 AM

After the first week of a hearing into the claims of nearly 5,000 autistic children, the case of a tragically ill Arizona girl seemed to hinge on the legitimacy of an Irish laboratory's findings of measles virus fragments in the girl's GI tract.

Michelle Cedillo's complaint was framed, at the...

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The HPV Vaccine Debate

(20) Comments | Posted June 11, 2007 | 9:49 AM

The conservative legal group Judicial Watch last week issued a news release announcing that it had uncovered three deaths linked to the human papilloma virus vaccine (HPV), which has been the subject of furious debate around the country as states decide whether to require 6th grade girls to be...

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Don't Believe Everything You Read

(21) Comments | Posted April 26, 2007 | 9:11 PM

A few months out of college I started working for UPI in Mexico City. It was a great place to start life as a journalist--fun, adventurous colleagues, all of us young, and we could write whatever we wanted. I mean really write what we wanted. If you had two sources...

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Autism, Mercury and the Anti-Merc Activists: Whose Conflicts?

(67) Comments | Posted April 21, 2007 | 7:41 PM

The Institute of Medicine held a workshop this past week to examine research into the "environmental" causes of autism. It was a time for discussion among scientists pursuing possible links, and a chance for some of the autism "advocacy" community to press their research priorities on government and academic scientists....

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HPV? Yes, But Don't Rush Me

(13) Comments | Posted February 7, 2007 | 6:25 PM

Sometimes, good policy is a question of good timing. The human papillomavirus vaccine, which Texas mandated for its sixth-grade girls last week, and which state legislatures around the country have been considering, is a good case in point.

By all accounts, the new vaccine against cervical cancer, developed by Merck...

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