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Mercury, Vaccines Hot Topics at Autism Hearing

David Kirby | Posted 02.05.2013 | Politics
David Kirby

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.

Looking Back on the Vaccine-Autism Controversy

Harold Pollack | Posted 08.14.2011 | Healthy Living
Harold Pollack

I wrote a review article about the vaccine-autism controversy in the current issue of the policy-wonk journal Democracy. (If you don't read Democracy,...

Government and Many Scientists Agree: Vaccine-Autism Research Should Continue

David Kirby | Posted 07.05.2011 | Home
David Kirby

As the following comments, funding decisions, research priorities and published papers suggest, the U.S. government and many scientists will be researching and discussing this topic for years to come.

Court Says Thimerosal Did Not Cause Autism

AP | RANDOLPH E. SCHMID | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON — The vaccine additive thimerosal is not to blame for autism, a special federal court ruled Friday in a long-running battle by parent...

A Decade Of Questioning Harm And The Autism-Vaccine Connection

Shelley Hendrix Reynolds | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Shelley Hendrix Reynolds

For over a decade, I've relentlessly searched for answers to the connections I believe exist between my son's autism and vaccines he received.

A Question of Harm -- The Legacy of Vaccination

Tim Ellis | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tim Ellis

The anti-vaccination movement has picked up steam in the past few years, and authorities now believe that pockets of unvaccinated children are forming. This is beginning to have deadly results.

Kathleen Sebelius: Autism Now Hits 1 In 100 Children, We Have No Idea Why

David Kirby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Kirby

Washington loves to dump its bad news on a Friday afternoon, and today it confirmed that one percent of American children (and by extension, perhaps 1-in-58 boys) has an autism spectrum disorder.

Swine Flu Vaccine Delivery Falls Short; Less Than Half Of Expected Doses Have Been Delivered

Wall Street Journal | BETSY MCKAY and JENNIFER CORBETT DOOREN | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Less than half of the swine-flu vaccine expected to be shipped to doctors, hospitals and clinics in the U.S. this month has been shipped so far. The d...

Government Concedes Vaccine-Autism Case in Federal Court - Now What?

David Kirby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Kirby

After years of insisting there is no evidence to link vaccines with the onset of autism spectrum disorder, the US government has quietly conceded a vaccine-autism case in the Court of Federal Claims.

Top US Panel: Some Vaccine-Autism Research is "Appropriate," "Worthwhile" and "Warranted"

David Kirby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Kirby

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.

Autism Rate Now at One Percent of All US Children?

David Kirby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Kirby

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.

Vaccine Denial = Scientific Illiteracy

Jacob Dickerman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jacob Dickerman

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.

NIH Agency Head: Vaccine-Autism Research is "Legitimate"

David Kirby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Kirby

A major health official within the United States Government today endorsed more research into possible links between vaccination and autism, saying that such studies are "legitimate."

Health Care Policy by HuffPo Celebrities - Don't Attack Me!

Stanton Peele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Stanton Peele

Because I can't avoid trouble, I'll point out that the HuffPo has been a principal outlet for the argument that there is a gigantic plot to foist lead (thimerosal)-based vaccines on children.

One More Link in the Mercury-High Fructose Corn Syrup Chain: Autism

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

There has been a previous association made between diet and autistic functionality -- and specifically high fructose corn syrup been singled out as a cause for worsening the disorder.

UC Davis Study Authors: Autism is Environmental (Can We Move On Now?)

David Kirby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Kirby

I have always said that all environmental factors should be considered in at least some subgroups of autism. This position has been met with considerable ridicule.

Top Federal Autism Panel Votes For Millions in Vaccine Research

David Kirby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Kirby

The Inter-Agency Autism Coordinating Committee has voted to recommend earmarking millions of dollars in research funds to study the possible role of vaccines in the causation of autism.

Tom Daschle: Friend to Many Autism Families

David Kirby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Kirby

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.

End of the Innocence: McCain, Obama and Vaccines. Oh My!

Shelley Hendrix Reynolds | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Shelley Hendrix Reynolds

Will the next administration set serious goals of reversing the rate of autism diagnosis by the end of their term or just declare autism a national health emergency and let it go at that?

Is Autism an "American Disease?" Somali Immigrants Reportedly Have High Rates

David Kirby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Kirby

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.