Vaccines

Lancet Accepts MMR Study "False"

Source: 
BBC News
Date Published: 
February 2, 2010
Abstract: 

The medical journal which originally published the discredited research linking autism and MMR has now issued a full retraction of the paper. The Lancet said it now accepted claims made by the researchers were "false".

Retraction-IIleal-Lymphoid-Nodular Hyperplasia Non-Specific Colitis, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder in Children

Source: 
Lancet
Date Published: 
February 2010
Year Published: 
2010

Dr. Andrew Wakefield's study, in which he investigated a consecutive series of children with chronic enterocolitis and regressive developmental disorder and found associated gastrointestinal disease and developmental regression in a group of previously normal children, which was generally associated in time with possible environmental triggers is retracted.

Get Vaccinated

Source: 
Forbes Magazine
Date Published: 
January 21, 2010
Abstract: 

Everyone's decision to vaccinate or not is not just his own business. Scientists have quantified this matter in something called "herd immunity." If enough of a population is immune, a disease dies out. For measles you need 83% of the population to be vaccinated or naturally immune in order for the number of active cases to decline over time. When immunity falls below this threshold, incidence of the disease goes up, putting at risk entirely innocent patients (newborns and those who, for sound medical reasons, cannot safely get a vaccine). Vaccine deniers are not just hurting themselves; they are also contributing to a wave of vaccine paranoia that may kill thousands of children.

The Top 10 Everything of 2009.# 7: New Research on Autism

Source: 
Time Magazine
Date Published: 
December 8, 2009
Abstract: 

TIME recognized New Research on Autism as #7 of its Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs of 2009.

The Decade's Most Overblown Fears #3: Vaccines Cause Autism

Source: 
Newsweek
Date Published: 
November 17, 2009

Newsweek's number three most overblow fear of 2010 was the idea that vaccines cause autism.

Mercury-Vaccine Link Disproven in Autism-Study

Source: 
Reuters
Date Published: 
October 19, 2009
Abstract: 

A new study provides more proof that childhood vaccines with mercury as a preservative -- no longer on the market -- did not cause autism. It found that the number of autism cases continued to rise through that period even though the preservative thimerosal -- nearly half of which is made of ethylmercury -- was removed from most vaccines in 2001.

Autism Science Foundation President Alison Singer Speaks

Source: 
BlogHer
Date Published: 
October 7, 2009
Abstract: 

Autism Science Foundation president Alison Singer is well known in the autism community for her formative role at Autism Speaks, for her controversial participation in their Autism Every Day video, and for leaving Autism Speaks to found the Autism Science Foundation.

She a role model for autism parents struggling to balance advocacy with positivity and work with family, especially those who tirelessly investigate ways to help our children lead fulfilling lives, actively respect neurodiversity, and continue to educate ourselves and others about autism perspectives and attitudes.

Read on to learn about the founding and goals of the Autism Science Foundation.

For the First Time, A Census of Autistic Adults

Source: 
Time Magazine
Date Published: 
October 3, 2009
Abstract: 

On Sept. 22, England's National Health Service (NHS) released the first study of autism in the general adult population. The findings confirm the intuitive assumption: that ASD is just as common in adults as it is in children. Researchers at the University of Leicester, working with the NHS Information Center found that roughly 1 in 100 adults are on the spectrum — the same rate found for children in England, Japan, Canada and, for that matter, New Jersey.

Autism Rates Back MMR Safety Jab

Source: 
BBC News
Date Published: 
September 22, 2009
Abstract: 

The first analysis of adult autism rates revealed that despite popular perceptions, rates of autism are not increasing, with prevalence among adults in line with that among children. The findings also expel suggestions of a link between the MMR vaccine and the development of this condition and highlight the need for more specialized support for adults with autism.

Abstracts from the International Meeting for Autism Research

Source: 
International Meeting for Autism Research
Date Published: 
May 2009
Year Published: 
2009

 

Vaccine Refusal, Mandatory Immunization, and the Risks of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases, The New England Journal of Medicine (May 2009)

Vaccines are among the most effective prevention tools available to clinicians. However, the success of an immunization program depends on high rates of acceptance and coverage. There is evidence of an increase in vaccine refusal in the United States and of geographic clustering of refusals that results in outbreaks. Children with exemptions from school immunization requirements (a measure of vaccine refusal) are at increased risk for measles and pertussis and can infect others who are too young to be vaccinated, cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons, or were vaccinated but did not have a sufficient immunologic response.