No Link Found Between Vaccine Mercury and Autism

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  • leavingwt

    Some red meat for the anti-science crowd. . .

    No Link Found Between Vaccine Mercury and Autism

    A new government study adds to the evidence that thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative until recently found in many vaccines, does not increase children's risk of autism.

    It shows kids who had been exposed as babies to high levels of the preservative -- through vaccines they received or their mothers received while pregnant -- were no more likely to develop autism, including two distinct subtypes of the condition.

    "This study should reassure parents about following the recommended immunization schedule," said Dr. Frank Destefano, director of the Immunization Safety Office at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, and the study's senior author.

    Concerns about a link between vaccines and autism were first raised more than a decade ago by British physician Andrew Wakefield.

    His report, based on 12 children, has since been discredited and was retracted earlier this year by the journal that published it. In the meantime, it sparked a fierce worldwide debate among scientists and a health scare that caused many parents to shy away from recommended vaccines like the one against measles, mumps and rubella.

    Outbreaks of all three diseases followed.

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  • BurnTheShips

    And so, yet another study demonstrates the vaccine/autism link is pseudoscience, at best.

    The Lancet article that started it all should never have been published.


  • JWoods

    Hasn't that study (or a similar one) been out for at least 3 years?

    This may also put a damper on the pseudo-medical practice of EDTA chelation of kids to "reduce mercury" if they have autism. There have been several deaths due to this practice - a procedure medically used only in extreme cases of heavy-metal poisoning.

    Not that it will stop the true anti-vaccine believers, of course.

  • Deputy Dog
    Deputy Dog

    Wasn't there recently a lawsuit that found just the opposit?

  • its_me!

    My step mother in-law has a son who is autistic, (very extreme case). I think that she may believe that it is due to the MMR vaccination, but she is not certain, I will have to tell her about this study.

  • JWoods
    Wasn't there recently a lawsuit that found just the opposit?

    I am only aware of a lawsuit that found no connection with vaccines - but, anyway:

    How is a lawsuit going to solve a scientific or medical question?

  • leavingwt

    We can add one more study to the pile of evidence showing no association between exposure to thimerosal (a mercury-based vaccine preservative) and autism. The article: Prenatal and Infant Exposure to Thimerosal From Vaccines and Immunoglobulins and Risk of Autism, is published in the latest issue of Pediatrics, and shows no association between prenatal and infant exposure to thimerosal and three forms of autism – autism, autism spectrum disorder, and regressive autism.

    No one study can ever be definitive, but now we have a large body of evidence from multiple studies showing a lack of association between thimerosal and autism. This won’t stop the dedicated anti-vaccinationists and mercury militia from continuing their anti-vaccine propaganda, but hopefully it will further reassure those who actually care about the science.

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  • bohm

    "Wasn't there recently a lawsuit that found just the opposit?"

    Hey, why build an accelerator to find the higgs boson when you can just have a lawsuit and settle the question?

    Science: Your doing it wrong.

  • read good books
    read good books

    'We all know that autism has exploded in our communities and there have been many claims that vaccination, particularly the MMR (Measles/Mumps/Rubella) vaccine have been blamed, famously by Dr. Andrew Wakefield, whose evidence was originally accepted and published by The Lancet before vaccine manufacturers put pressure on the powers that be to have his evidence discredited and further to have him struck off the medical register, all this despite massive support and agreement with his evidence by parents whose children had become autistic after receiving vaccinations.

    So what is going on now in terms of assessing cases of autism? The manipulation of statistics is a well known method of hiding what’s really going on about anything, whether this be the economy or in this case, real autism figures.

    You see, the children don’t have autism, no, they have this new made up condition called Fragile X. So these figures are simply deducted from the autism figures and hey presto, autism figures drop and although Fragile X figures rise they’ll tell us that vaccines aren’t to blame for autism because figures are dropping whilst vaccines are still being administered to children.

    Again, let’s call it what it is…OUTRIGHT LIES AND FRAUD'

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