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  1. Why the latest Geier & Geier paper is not evidence that mercury in vaccines causes autism
    Several people have been sending me either links to this paper or even the paper itself: Young HA, Geier DA, Geier MR. (2008). Thimerosal exposure in infants and neurodevelopmental disorders: An assessment of computerized medical records in the Vaccine Safety Datalink. J Neurol Sci. 2008 May 14 [Epu…
  2. Monkey business in autism research
    NOTE: I had originally planned on posting Part II of a series on cancer screening. However, something came up on Friday that, in my estimation, requires a timely response. I should also inform readers that, because next Monday is a holiday here in the U.S., I haven’t yet decided whether I will…
  3. Mercury emissions from coal-burning power plants and autism: Is there a correlation?
    On April 30, outside the courthouse in Dallas, a press conference/rally was held. This particular rally was in response to a new study published by a group led by Dr. Raymond F. Palmer in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio,…
  4. The Increase in Autism Diagnoses: Two Hypotheses
    A new study sheds more light on the question of what is causing the recent increase in the rate of diagnosis of autism. Professor Dorothy Bishop from the University of Oxford studied adults who were diagnosed in 1980 with a developmental language disorder. She asked the question – if these peo…
  5. The Hannah Poling case and the rebranding of autism by antivaccinationists as a mitochondrial disorder
    Regular readers of this blog may have noticed that I seem to have taken on the role of the primary vaccine blogger of this little group of bloggers trying desperately to hold the forces of pseudoscience and magical thinking at bay in the face of powerful forces trying to “integrate” pres…
  6. Mercury in vaccines as a cause of autism and autism spectrum disorders (ASDs): A failed hypothesis
    One of the most pernicious medical myths of recent years has been the claim, promulgated by a subgroup of parents of autistic children and facilitated by scientists of dubious repute, that somehow the mercury in the thimerosal (ethyl mercury) preservative used in common childhood vaccines in the U.S…
  7. Medical marijuana as the new herbalism, part 1: Science versus the politics of weed in New York and beyond
    Cannabis sativa leaf diagnostic venation 2012 01 23 0829 c” by JonRichfield – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons A while ago, I wrote about how the Cleveland Clinic had recently opened a clinic that dispensed herbal medicine according to traditional Chinese med…
  8. The Buzzy: Revolutionary Acute Pain Management or Simple Distraction…
    I’ve written about the management of acute pain in children in the past, and unfortunately my feelings haven’t changed in the interim. Acute pain, particularly pain related to procedures such as venipuncture for blood sampling and intravenous access, and intramuscular administration of …
  9. NY federal court hands triple loss to anti-vaccination ideology
    The state of New York allows religious and medical (but not philosophical) exemptions from school vaccination mandates. New York City has a policy of excluding unvaccinated schoolchildren from classes when there is an outbreak of vaccine-preventable disease reported in a particular school. Two se…
  10. VacciShield: Pixie dust for an imaginary threat
    I know by now I shouldn’t be, but I am still amazed by how readily so many people buy into the seemingly endless array of bogus sCAM nostrums. Many are marketed and hawked for the treatment or prevention of diseases that are poorly managed by science-based medicine. There are countless examples o…
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