MMR and Autism… Again!


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According to yet another article, Gore might be inching toward a run in 2008. Thanks to Shaila for the link.

Here’s a story about a fellow being sued by Hollywood for running a bittorrent site. He will win the law suit, I am quite confident. And then I hope he countersues and shows those pissants what revenue loss really looks like.

Meanwhile, the regular bunch are abuzz with this story about a new link between the MMR vaccine and autism. This is a very important topic to me, since my beloved “nephew” (cousin’s kid) is autistic. Now, I don’t know if there’s a causal link between MMR and autism, but I do know that there is so far no evidence to suggest, with any degree of strong likelihood, that such a link exists. (I’ve talked about this before here and here.)

In fact, I think it’s important to note that the study’s author, Dr. Stephen Walker, has since gone on record as saying:

“the conclusion will be simply that there is measles virus in the gut of a large number of children who have regressive autism and bowel disease. We haven’t done anything to demonstrate that the measles virus is causing autism.”

Methinks the media should really take greater care when reporting on scientific findings of this importance.