March 7, 2001 |
The controversial idea that the dramatic upsurge in autism over the last two decades was caused by the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine--a concept embraced by many parents--is wrong, according to a new report released today by the California Department of Health Services. The new study, like two others recently conducted in England and Finland, found that the rate of autism has been rising dramatically as the number of children vaccinated has remained virtually constant.
January 5, 2011 |
Dr. Andrew Wakefield's 1998 report in the journal Lancet purporting to show a link between autism and the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella "was based not on bad science but on a deliberate fraud," says Dr. Fiona Godlee, editor in chief of BMJ, formerly the British Medical Journal, in an editorial published Tuesday. The editorial accompanies the first of three reports by British investigative journalist Brian Deer that document how Wakefield manipulated data in his attempts to prove something that he "knew" before he started his research.
December 10, 2013 |
Having taken a fair amount of heat from the science-based community for her recent show promoting scare stories about an important immunological vaccine, Katie Couric has backed off. In a piece appearing Tuesday in the Huffington Post, the TV host conceded that some of the criticism that the segment was " too anti-vaccine and anti-science" was "valid...in retrospect. " She acknowledged that "m ore emphasis should have been given to the safety and efficacy of the HPV vaccines.
December 22, 2002
Re "Study Finds No Link Between MMR Vaccine and Autism," Nov. 7: Thank you for a fair and balanced presentation regarding the Danish study in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. about the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine causing autism. At last, a news article presents those who believe vaccine injury is real, especially Dr. Bernard Rimland, as an answer to the "party line" hacks like Dr. Jay M. Lieberman who shudder that children may not receive all 35 shots to protect them from such calamities as rubella or hepatitis B. My son developed autism after the MMR shot 10 years ago. Today he is cured and attends public school in the eighth grade.
April 14, 2008 |
Mumps, once a common disease of childhood, was on track to be eliminated in the United States by the year 2010, thanks to widespread use of two doses of the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine in early childhood. Then, inexplicably, the largest U.S. mumps epidemic in two decades occurred in 2006.
July 9, 2011 |
Measles are making a comeback. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says travelers to countries with large recent outbreaks, including France, Britain, Spain, Switzerland, India and areas of Africa and Asia, have returned to the U.S. and brought cases of the highly contagious disease with them. "Every traveler needs to make sure they are immune to measles," Dr. Phyllis Kozarsky, a consultant for the CDC's division of global migration and quarantine, said in an interview.
August 15, 1991 |
Most educators would probably agree with the ancient Greeks that a sound mind and sound body go together. Students simply don't learn well when they're not healthy. As you help prepare your child for the start of school, make sure that his or her body is ready too. Depending on your son's or daughter's age, some specific health concerns should be addressed.
April 8, 2011 |
Measles, an itchy, highly contagious and sometimes deadly infection, was declared eliminated from the U.S. in 2000. Even doctors began to pay the disease little mind, as it turns out. But seven new cases —all unvaccinated young children traveling outside the country—are a reminder that the virus disappears only when everyone gets the vaccine against it. Opting out of vaccinations isn’t risk-free. The seven latest cases were all little travelers, age 6 months to 2 years, who had recently been outside of the country.
August 10, 2005 |
Contrary to the fears of some parents, a 10-year study by Danish researchers found no evidence that combination vaccines, such as the measles, mumps and rubella shot, weakened children's immune systems. The study, published today in the Journal of the American Medical Assn., tracked 805,206 children born in Denmark.