You probably didn't know it, but Congress recently held a major hearing on the government's response to autism, grilling two key federal officials on everything from prevalence studies to services for adults with the disorder.
This week, the Federal Government's leading immunization advisory panel unanimously approved a sweeping list of vaccine safety research recommendations, several that are linked to the vaccine-autism debate.
A pair of federally funded studies on autism rates is about to make news -- big news -- and it isn't good: It would appear that somewhere around one percent of all US children currently have an autism spectrum disorder.
It doesn't matter what the science says, because these people don't care about science. Their argument is purely ideological, and does not belong in any discussion of scientific, medical, or political policy.
Senator Daschle is not anti-vaccine, but his record shows his willingness to question -- and even oppose -- vaccine makers and big pharmaceutical interests when it comes to protecting the rights of American medical consumers.
An unusually large proportion of Somali children in Minnesota have autism. Why? There's likely a genetic connection, but other factors might be at play, including a lack of vitamin D from sunlight, or, yes, vaccinations.