Was Autism Just Discovered as a Side Effect of DTaP Vaccine?

Earlier this year an anonymous blogger reported "autism was now disclosed and acknowledged as an adverse event reported for use of DTaP vaccine." What are the relevant facts? First, the mention of autism is not "new" as it has been included as a reportable adverse event since 2005! Second, automobile accidents and drownings were also reported even though they had…

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Are Vaccines Linked to Autism?

In 1998 a U. K. "scientist" by the name of Andrew Wakefield published an article in The Lancet claiming a link between autism and vaccines. In the intervening years millions have been spent on further studies. No link was found! See the facts and history of this fabrication in an easy-to-understand info graphic with references.  PositiveTip: Protect your young…

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Still No Link Between Vaccines and Autism

Background noise from vaccination foes recently increased in the blogosphere and social networks with the release of a video by Autism Media Channel on YouTube. This video features Brian Hooker "revealing" that a senior CDC official purportedly "covered up" the "truth". Read this journal article and a very insightful blog to stay accurately informed on this hot…

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Vaccine Preventable Outbreaks

The current vaccine-autism hysteria is taking its toll as this interactive map from the Council on Foreign Relations shows. Take a moment to drill down and see what is really happening. This week in Health Care Triage, Dr. Aaron Caroll provides a fascinating, must-watch 8 minute video look at how these ideas have developed. As you watch…

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Autism and Vaccines

Concerns exist about the risk for autism and childhood vaccinations. However, the Centers for Disease Control have evaluated the association between levels of immunologic stimuli from vaccines during the first 2 years of life and the risk of autism spectrum disease (ASD). Researchers found neither the total number of antigens received during the first years of…

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Pets Improve Autistic Kids Social Skills

French researchers have found autistic children who got a pet after age 5 showed significant gains in "offering to share" and "offering comfort." This small study suggests that aquiring pets may encourage the development of prosocial behaviors. The pets included dogs, cats, one hamster, and one rabbit. No differences were found in children with autisim…

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