Online information on vaccines and autism not always reliable, study shows

Research at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) has found that information available online can provide unreliable information based on old, 'weak' scientific studies. The study 'Fake news or weak science?' is published in open-access journal Frontiers in Immunology.
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by Craig Klugman, Ph.D. A teenager comes to a medical clinic and asks for an MMR vaccine. Although this particular vaccine is usually given at 12-15 months of age with a second dose at ages 4-6 years, this 16-year-old has never been vaccinated. His parents believe that vaccines cause autism* and are dangerous, therefore they have never vaccinated their children. In the age of the internet, the teen has done a lot of research and found that the science is conclusive: Vaccines are safe and beneficial (as long as you are not allergic to the ingredients).…
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Simply telling people they are ignorant has failed. We need to find a better way to communicateAfter reading the news that cases of measles havesoared by 50% in the last year, I recalled the first time I heard an anti-vaccination conspiracy theory. It wasn ’t from a member of Donald Trump’s administration, or part of a frenetic, grammatically challengedFacebook post– it was from a classmate when I was at school. Her family wasn’t waging a crusade against medical science: they simply gave credence todisgraced former doctorAndrew Wakefield’s study that wrongly asserted a link between the MMR vac...
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(Natural News) A government vaccine expert is now blowing the whistle on the link between vaccines and autism, and not surprisingly, the mainstream media has chosen to completely ignore this shocking development. A recent broadcast of journalist Sharyl Attkisson’s Full Measure show was devoted to the story of Dr. Andrew Zimmerman. The pediatric neurologist was...
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Felicia D. Goodrum Sterling Heidi L. Pottinger By FELICIA D. GOODRUM STERLING, PhD and HEIDI L. POTTINGER, DrPH, MPH, MA The measles outbreak in Washington state this week has brought new attention to the anti-vaccine movement.  In fact, the World Health Organization recently identified “vaccine hesitancy” as one of top threats to global health. In the US, the number of unvaccinated children has quadrupled since 2001, enabling the resurgence of infectious diseases long-since controlled.  In fact, the WHO claims a staggering 1.5 million deaths could be prevented worldwide by improved vaccination rates....
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We are in the midst of a measles outbreak here in the US, with cases being reported in New York City, New York state, and Washington state. In 2018, preliminary numbers indicate that there were 372 cases of measles — more than triple the 120 cases in all of 2017 — and already 79 cases in the first month of 2019 alone. Here are four things that everyone needs to know about measles. Measles is highly contagious This is a point that can’t be stressed enough. A full 90% of unvaccinated people exposed to the virus will catch it. And if you think that just staying away from sick people will do the trick, think ...
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The presentation of children and adolescents with autism in the emergency department (ED) poses a unique set of challenges to clinicians and their teams, which have not yet been met. Children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more likely than their age and ethnically matched counterparts to visit both pediatric and general EDs and are more likely to use it for primary care complaints and dental care and to present for psychiatric concerns including suicidality. Despite the higher relative frequency, individuals with ASD demonstrate lower patient satisfaction, lower healthcare self-efficacy, and higher...
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(Natural News) The scientific community has been raising safety concerns about mercury-based products for years, but the use of this toxic chemical persists despite their dire warnings. What’s more alarming is that this hazardous compound is deliberately injected into the human body by way of vaccination. Thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative added to flu vaccine vials, has...
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