Despite Setbacks, Autism-Vaccine Research Continues

The recent Supreme Court ruling shielding pharmaceutical companies from vaccine injury liability is a devastating blow for countless families who have fought many years attempting to link their children’s autism to vaccinations. While the decision was entirely predictable, it should be emphasized that much more research is still needed before vaccine manufacturers get a free [...]

Autism-Vaccine Debate Reaches Toxic Levels

In Sunday’s Doonesbury comic strip, even famed cartoonist Garry Trudeau decided to weigh in on the autism-vaccine debate, taking swipes at Jenny McCarthy in the process. McCarthy, who has become the de facto face of the anti-vaccination movement, has taken a beating in recent months, particularly when charges of fraud surfaced from a 1998 study [...]

Shocking Study Links Brain Erosion to Antipsychotics

This month, a shocking claim was made by the former chief of the American Journal of Psychiatry, Nancy Andreasen, when she published her findings that antipsychotic drugs, such as Risperadone, actually shrink the brain over time. Ms. Andreasen began a long-running study in 1991 on schizophrenia patients taking antipsychotics, periodically measuring their brain volumes with [...]

Sanctions and Scorn for the Unvaccinated

On January 21, 2011, CNN.com ran an Op-Ed by Dr. Rahul K. Parikh stating that parents of unvaccinated children should pay substantially higher insurance rates than those who are in compliance. He argued that the discrediting of Dr. Andrew Wakefield, once and for all, settled the issue of vaccines and autism. Furthermore, it was suggested [...]

Poll Suggests Autism-Vaccine Debate Divides More Than Ever

In what is probably the best indicator yet of just how divided the nation is on the autism-vaccine controversy, a new Harris Interactive/Healthday poll released today shows that fifty-two percent of Americans think that vaccines do not cause autism.  The survey comes nearly one month after the Dr. Wakefield MMR scandal broke and was taken [...]

Wakefield Case Prematurely Shuts Door on Autism-Vaccine Debate

After investigative reporter Brian Deer found that Andrew Wakefield falsified a study linking autism to the Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine, stories have inundated the newswires on a daily basis with headlines such as, "Autism/vaccine link: Another nail in the coffin," "New finding disproves link between vaccines and autism," and "Busting the autism/vaccine myth." [...]

Another Day, Another Cause of Autism

Every so often, a new "study" will be conducted, with results claiming to establish a  new potential link to autism.  The latest installment of these never ending theories comes from a California study claiming that spacing babies too closely causes autism.  Although the findings are admitted to be preliminary by the researchers, this is just [...]

 
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  • * In 1970, Autism affected 1 out of 10,000 children
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