25, 2014, NY Times: Seeking Autism’s Biochemical Roots
Mar 24, 2014, Slate.com: Could a 3-Year-Old Just "Disappear"?/Why parents shouldn't worry so much about regressive autism
Mar 24, 2014, Collegian.com: Asperger's and vaccinations
Mar 23, 2014, Forbes: Worried About Measles? Don't Call Dr. Bob Sears
Mar 23, 2014 ,New York Times: Eliminate Vaccine Exemptions
Mar 17, 2014, UC Davis: Epidemiology of Autism Spectrum Disorder, an Emerging Global Public Health Priority next MIND Institute Distinguished Lecture
The biochemist Ricardo E. Dolmetsch has pioneered a major shift in autism research, largely putting aside behavioral questions to focus on cell biology and biochemistry.
Dr. Dolmetsch, 45, has done most of his work at Stanford. Since our interviews — a condensed and edited version of which follows — he has taken a leave to join Novartis, where his mission is to organize an international team to develop autism therapies.
Research scientist with autistic son believes there are 800 genetic mutations connected with autism. (Who knew?)
Now he's at Novartis where he's working on "autism therapies"---which I'm sure involves "Ask your child's doctor if XXXX is right for him/her."
If a top researcher is willing to watch his son scream, not sleep and end up with an autism diagnosis, then take him to a psychiatrist . . .
I guess there's really nothing we can do. Autism happens, tough luck if it's your kid. NO COMMENT SECTION HERE.
A few days ago, an old friend sent me a panicked email. She had just finished reading Ron Suskind's beautiful essay in the New York Times Magazine about raising a son with autism: "Reaching My Autistic Son Through Disney." Suskind describes how, at almost 3 years of age, his son Owen "disappeared." The child was once "engaged, chatty, full of typical speech," but then he stopped talking, lost eye contact, even struggled to use a sippy cup.
. . . The claim that many kids with autism develop typically for almost three years and then experience a near-complete loss of language, social skills, and motor ability-a claim I've read many times before-simply isn't true. It's time to set the record straight.
The kind of developmental pattern that Suskind's son experienced is very rare. Most children with autism show signs of the disorder in the first two years of life. Yes, studies have suggested that about one-third of children with autism experience some kind of regression, but most of these children do not have typical development to begin with. Instead, they have early delays and lose some of the skills they had attained.
What a perfect way to make the whole autism-vaccine controversy go away. YOU ONLY THOUGHT YOUR CHILD WAS NORMAL. You just didn't recognize the signs--that means the vaccines they received didn't have anything to do with their autism.
This is what the NYT and CBS said about Hannah Poling. And remember the 83 cases in Unanswered Questions? It wasn't really the vaccines.
Hannah, of Athens, Ga., was 19 months old and developing normally in 2000 when she received five shots against nine infectious diseases. Two days later, she developed a fever, cried inconsolably and refused to walk. Over the next seven months she spiraled downward, and in 2001 she was given a diagnosis of autism.
Hannah was described as normal, happy and precocious in her first 18 months.
It really, really makes me angry, absolutely furious, that people say vaccines cause autism. Speaking as someone with Asperger's Syndrome . . .
Just what we love---someone with Asperger's telling us she was born with autism. I posted comments.
Dr. Bob Sears once wrote anon-evidence-based book about vaccines, urging parents to adopt "Dr. Bob's Alternative Vaccine Schedule (TM?)" but at the least, to please purchase his book. Thousands of people, presumably terrified at the prospect of protecting their children against debilitating or fatal infectious disease on an evidence-based schedule, purchased the book and, one infers, followed its advice for "alternative" or "selective" schedules.
Emily Willingham aimed her attack on Dr. Bob Sears (along with Dr. Wakefield and Jenny McCarthy) in this piece.
Her point is: Sears is responsible for parents NOT VACCINATING and he doesn’t care about measles.
I posted a number of comments.
New York Times
At the crux of this question is whether individual choice can be subverted for public good. Vaccines work by protecting individuals, but their strength really lies in the ability to protect one’s neighbors. When there are not enough people within a community who are immunized, we are all at risk.
Vaccines protect our neighbors -- like following traffic laws, drug tests at work, paying taxes -- they are a shared responsibility.
Personal and religious belief exemptions should be curtailed because some people, whether because of age or compromised immune systems, cannot receive vaccines. They depend on those around them to be protected. Vaccines aren’t the only situation in which we are asked to care about our neighbors. Following traffic laws, drug tests at work, paying taxes -- these may go against our beliefs and make us bristle, but we ascribe to them because without this shared responsibility, civil society doesn’t work.
Dr. Feemster wants it all her way. Parents should have no choice when it comes to vaccinating their children at the same time doctors have no liability if a child suffers a side effects from vaccination. Both the physician and the vaccine maker have been indemnified by the federal government. Instead, parents have to appeal to an arbitrary federal compensation program where they're up against government lawyers defending the government's vaccine schedule using government money. Few parents ever get compensated and those that do report that it took seven to fourteen years for the claim to be settled.
Maureen Durkin, director of the Graduate Program in Population Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, will address "The Epidemiology of Autism Spectrum Disorder, an Emerging Global Public Health Priority," during the April UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series address.
The lecture will be held on Wednesday, April 9 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the MIND Institute auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. The event is free and open to the public and no reservations are required.
Despite advances in awareness and understanding of autism, little progress has been made toward preventions or evidence-based practices that improve outcomes. Most of what is known about autism - its epidemiology, genetics, clinical manifestations, course and treatment - is based on research in high-income countries, where fewer than 10 percent of births occur and less than 20 percent of the world's population resides.
The MIND Institute--UC Davis--a prestigious autism research center will feature Maureen Durkin as a speaker on autism. She's from the U of WI, Waisman Center and she sees no real problems with all the autism everywhere. The Waisman blames bad genes for your child's autism.
She's adamant that there's NO EPIDEMIC.
So is this the opinion of the MIND INSTITUTE? Autism is the result of old parents/bad genes? It sure sounds like it.
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