Even though we root for Ohio State’s opposition, we
still feel pity for anyone who’s listened to Jenny and RFK.
There are now over 200 confirmed cases of Mumps in
the Ohio State campus area, including Columbus, Ohio. Continue reading
Category Archives: Autism
Even though we root for Ohio State’s opposition, we
update: Chili’s backed down. http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2014/04/07/chili-cancel-fundraiser-for-anti-vaccine-charity/
earlier msg left below:
Courtesy of Forbes: It seems that Chili’s has gotten on the autism bandwagon/promotion. They’re announced they’ll “support the National Autism Association (NAA) by giving this group 10% of their take at the table on Monday, April 7.” Not a good idea… Continue reading
It seems that a college student “infected with the contagious disease” (measles) rode on the Bay Area Rapid Transit system last week. This semi-legitimately has the public health folk concerned and they’ve made the usual announcements warning people (10,000? 100,000?) who rode the trains, etc., etc. Continue reading
update: Courtesy of a Junk Science reader, I’ve been directed to a Twitter comment by Ms. McCarthy where she claims this latest story is untrue. (I’m leaving it online rather than deleting it).
Her latest post is at:
[our original story is after the "more" break]
CNN reports that:
“A now-retracted British study that linked autism to childhood vaccines was an “elaborate fraud” that has done long-lasting damage to public health, a leading medical publication reported Wednesday.
“An investigation published by the British medical journal BMJ concludes the study’s author, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, misrepresented or altered the medical histories of all 12 of the patients whose cases formed the basis of the 1998 study — and that there was “no doubt” Wakefield was responsible.
“‘It’s one thing to have a bad study, a study full of error, and for the authors then to admit that they made errors,’” Fiona Godlee, BMJ’s editor-in-chief, told CNN. “‘But in this case, we have a very different picture of what seems to be a deliberate attempt to create an impression that there was a link by falsifying the data.’”
Confusion surrounding the term “autism” is surely nothing new. The word was first used in 1911 by Swiss psychiatrist Eugen Bleuler, who presumably invoked the Greek autos, meaning “self.” Continue reading
IN recent years, scientists have made extraordinary advances in understanding the causes of autism, now estimated to afflict 1 in 88 children. But remarkably little of this understanding has percolated into popular awareness, which often remains fixated on vaccines. Continue reading
Autism, as anyone who has ever written about the topic can attest, is a subject that provokes strong reactions. So it was no shock when a recent Nature study that clarified the well-established link between paternal age and a child’s risk for autism and schizophrenia got lots of attention. What was surprising was how that news, which one of the study’s lead authors described as “sort of a little bit of our side story,” obscured the implications of the paper’s main findings—namely, that the genetic health of the species is now facing a serious threat. Continue reading
Child mutations stem from paternal side, landmark study shows Continue reading
“For the first time, scientists have reported that the environment and genetics can work together to create autism-like symptoms in mice exposed in the womb to a flame retardant. The female mice — born to mothers that are genetically more susceptible to develop autistic behaviors — were less social and had impaired memories and learning skills after their mothers were exposed to a brominated compound known as a PBDE.” Continue reading
Landrigan… A Research Strategy to Discover the Environmental Causes of Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
Even the title is wrong – should be a research strategy to discover if there are any environmental causes… He’s been hell-bent on proving something not known to exist and misdirecting effort for years with his mania. Continue reading
In a story on Bloomberg.com, Drew Armstrong reports on a study with fish that found antidepressants and other medications that contaminate some drinking water supplies may be linked to autism. By quoting and paraphrasing only the lead researcher, the story projects a one-sided view of the study and fails to put it into context in the larger field of environmental links to autism. Continue reading
Low levels of antidepressants and other psychoactive drugs in water supplies can trigger the expression of genes associated with autism – in fish at least. Continue reading
A study published in the journal Nature last month adds to the growing body of research linking autism to the age of parents, particularly fathers. Another recent study links autism to high-fructose corn syrup in the typical American diet. A third study finds strong links with obesity in mothers. But experts say the exact causes of the disorder remain elusive. Continue reading
Editor’s note:In the wake of our original report on a paper exploring a possible link between high-fructose corn syrup and autism and thefollowup critique we posted by science writer Emily Willingham, the authors of the paper asked for a chance to respond. Below you’ll find, first, the response by Renee Dufault and David Wallinga, M.D., and then a reply from Willingham. Continue reading
Autism, which now afflicts more than 1 million children in the USA, is associated with a spectrum of disabilities, including repetitive behaviors and problems socializing and communicating. Continue reading
More than $1 billion has been spent over the past decade researching autism. In some ways, the search for its causes looks like a long-running fishing expedition, with a focus on everything from genetics to the age of the father, the weight of the mother, and how close a child lives to a freeway. Continue reading
In the scientific hunt for the causes of autism, researchers at UC Davis may have just picked up a new trail: obesity during pregnancy. Continue reading