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  Online newsBy Anne Dachel

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Jan 6, 2014, Australia Network News: Researchers implement program in China that allows for early detection of autism

Jan 5, 2014, Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Encountering autism: Goal of DVD is to sensitize police to those with disorder

Jan 4, 2014, Sioux City (IA) Journal: Vaccination exemptions on the rise in Woodbury County

Jan 4, 2014, Us Magazine: Jenny McCarthy Slams Rumor That Her Son Doesn't Have Autism

Jan 4, 2014, Denver Post: A right to recognize the risks of vaccines

Jan 3, 2014, Columbus (OH) Dispatch: One dead after police shooting at home for disabled

Jan 3, 2014, Livingston Daily (Howell, MI): Severe H1N1 flu cases reported at Michigan hospitals; doctors urge people to get vaccine

 Australia Network News

An Australian researcher has partnered with a Chinese city to implement a program that allows medical experts to diagnose autism in young children.

Dr Josephine Barbaro, a post-doctoral fellow from La Trobe University, has developed a set of markers to diagnose the condition in children below the age of two.

Dr Barbaro's research focuses on autism spectrum disorder, a condition characterized by difficulties with social interaction and communication.

She's told Asia Pacific that while experts knew about the early markers of autism spectrum disorder, there were no screening tools that could use these markers to identify the condition.

"We designed a program called the social attention and communication surveillance study and we trained maternal and child health nurses to monitor these very early markers in very young children, from one to two years of age," she said.

 It seems the Chinese haven't benefitted from better diagnosing like we have. They're being trained to recognize the signs of autism. HOWEVER, just like here, no one can explain why people have to be trained to deal with autism and NO ONE IS WORRIED.  It's a worldwide disaster we're all happily accepting.

Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. said officers need to add another possibility: Is the person autistic?

To that end, he has commissioned the production of a DVD titled "Encountering People with Autism" for police and other first responders who may come in contact with those diagnosed with some form of the mysterious brain disorder, characterized by social difficulties, communication problems and repetitive behaviors and fixed interests. The project was spurred by Scott Bailey, a part-time Aspinwall and Millvale police officer and a full-time Allegheny County 911 emergency dispatcher, and deputy district attorney Tom Swan, both of whom have children with autism.

The purpose of the 20-minute, professionally produced DVD is to make officers aware of the characteristics, tendencies, behavior issues and other personality traits of persons diagnosed with autism. The hope is to avoid the possibility of officers or autistic persons being injured because an officer misinterprets the actions of a person with autism, which could include fleeing, repeating or not responding to warnings or commands, or throwing a tantrum, among others. Elsewhere in the country, persons with autism have been fatally shot by police officers who reacted to actions they thought were life-threatening but were instead manifestations of the disorder.

The DVD will be distributed in early March to each of the more than 100 police departments in the county as a training tool. Also at that time, departments will receive packets for families of persons with autism that will include stickers for homes and vehicles, information on applying for grants from the DA's office for its already existing autistic service K-9 project, and for its upcoming GPS tracking device program, as well as other information. . . .

Officer Bailey, who helped spearhead a symposium for first responders on autism in November 2012, and Mr. Swan said the need for officer awareness of autism has increased exponentially. As noted in the DVD, 1 in 150 children born in 2000 was diagnosed as autistic. That figure has tripled, to 1 in 50.

"The numbers have increased so much that, sooner or later, anyone in law enforcement is going to be running into someone with autism," Mr. Swan said. "The idea is to try to make everyone safer, protecting both the police officer and the person with autism." . . . .

Most of the roles of persons with autism are played by those with autism in real life, including Officer Bailey's sons, Trevor, 15, and Trent, 14, and Mr. Swan's son, Kevin, 17. Officer Bailey and his wife, Tina, and Mr. Swan also play roles in the video, as do a number of other local police officers, first responders and Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge John Zottola, who is pushing for statewide police officer training in recognizing autism.


Sioux City (IA) Journal

According to Iowa Department of Public Health data, vaccine exemptions have more than doubled in Woodbury County among K-12 students since 2001. While 99.68 percent of students had immunization certificates, the county tallied 136 medical/religious exemptions during the 2011-2012 school year.

The idea behind vaccination is creating "herd immunity," a situation in which the majority of the population is immune to a disease. Spearman said a high vaccination rate protects infants and those who can't be vaccinated due to medical conditions.

Parsons said parents decide not to immunize for a variety of reasons, including concern over vaccine ingredients and potential side effects. . . .

Steven Joyce, a physician with Mercy Medical Center Internal Medicine & Pediatrics, said he has seen his fair share of parents seeking to adjust the national vaccine schedule or omit certain vaccines out of fear of potential side effects, the most common of which are soreness at the injection side and a low-grade fever.

"I don't think I've ever had what you would call a serious adverse reaction," he said.

In 1998, the medical journal Lancet published British researcher Andrew Wakefield's study that suggests the MMR vaccine causes autism. Two subsequent studies conducted by the British Health Department found the introduction of the vaccine wasn't responsible for a rise in autism among children. Spearman said there is no proven link between immunization and type 1 diabetes either. . . .

Parada said thimerosal, a mercury-based additive, was removed from all immunizations except the influenza vaccine, which contains small amounts, in 1999. Studies, he said, haven't shown any proof that thimerosal causes diseases, including autism. After thimerosal was removed, he said, autism diagnoses actually increased.

Wakefield was wrong.  Vaccines don't have serious side effects and there's only a little bit of mercury in a flu shot.  And all the while, no one is worried about what's causing autism. I posted comments.

Us Magazine

Jenny McCarthy is setting the record straight. The View co-host has slammed reports that her son Evan, 11, doesn't have autism. On Friday, a rumor surfaced that the 41-year-old revealed that her only child is not autistic, even though she's publicly talked about his condition over the years.

"Stories circulating online, claiming that I said my son Evan may not have autism after all, are blatantly inaccurate and completely ridiculous," McCarthy tweeted on Jan. 3. "Evan was diagnosed with autism by the Autism Evaluation Clinic at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital and was confirmed by the State of California (through their Regional Center). The implication that I have changed my position, that my child was not initially diagnosed with autism (and instead may suffer from Landau-Kleffner Syndrome), is both irresponsible and inaccurate."

More proof no one wants to talk about what autism is doing to our children. The biggest lies covering up everything are the ones downplaying autism. If autism is no big deal then the vaccine issue doesn't matter. If Jenny McC's son doesn't have autism, then her stand on vaccine safety can be ignored. This isn't the first time the "rumor" has gotten press coverage.

Denver Post

The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) supports voluntary informed consent to medical risk-taking and opposes recommendations to restrict personal-belief vaccine exemptions in Colorado.

Vaccines are pharmaceutical products that carry a risk for injury and death. The Institute of Medicine has stated that many vaccine injury risk factors for individuals have yet to be defined. The vaccine-injured are as real as those harmed by disease.

My thanks to Theresa Wrangham for writing this and to Denver Post for publishing it.  Know the risks. It's amazing that so many trusting parents out there don't imagine that there are side effects from vaccination.  I posted one comment.

Columbus (OH) Dispatch

A man was killed Friday night by a Columbus police officer at a West Side home for developmentally delayed people.

The shooting occurred at 9:20 p.m. at 2272 Siskin Ave., which is off Dublin Road near Trabue Road.

Sgt. Rich Weiner, spokesman for the Columbus Police Division, said a caseworker at the home, which houses two adults, called 911, saying she had been threatened by a resident.

Weiner said that when officers arrived, a man came at them with a knife and an officer shot him.

The names of the man and the officer, who wasn't injured, weren't released. The caseworker locked herself in a bathroom.

Weiner said Columbus police were called to the same home in October, after one resident had attacked the other.

The home is owned by the Association for the Developmentally Disabled of Worthington, according to Franklin County auditor's records.

Too tragic for words.

Livingston Daily (Howell, MI)

Deadly H1N1 flu - the influenza virus strain behind the 2009 pandemic - continues its resurgence in Michigan, leading to the deaths of at least one child and three adults, according to state health and hospital officials. . . .

"These deaths are among previously healthy individuals. This is not the group that the public usually thinks about as being susceptible to serious illness with influenza," said Matt Davis, chief medical executive for the Michigan Department of Community Health and a U-M professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases and of internal medicine. . . .

It appears the sickest patients either didn't get the flu vaccine or received a vaccine within the past two weeks - the time frame needed for the vaccine to be effective, said Dr. Sandro Cinti, an infectious disease doctor at U-M. . . .

But some consumers remain reluctant, fearing they will get the flu from the flu shot or that vaccines causes autism - theories that research repeatedly has proven wrong, said Cinti, who also cared for patients in the 2009 pandemic before a vaccine became available.

"Studies show no link" only as long as no one asks who funded the study.  I posted comments to challenge Dr. Cinti.



The anti-McCarthy websites make a big deal about her saying that the soul left Evan's eyes. Appparently, this is a terrible thing to say about someone. Several posters even claim to be furious because she's saying that autistic people aren't human. I'm serious. This seems to be the talking point du jour and exhibits a bad case of tinearitis, but it did make me think about something else McCarthy said in _Louder than Words_. She said that Evan's seizures were concentrated in his frontal lobes. That reminded me of another book I've read, _Brain on Fire_, about a woman with seizures from anti-NMDA encephalitis. She describes the frontal lobes as the seat of higher functions and personality. In fact she describes her time in the hospital with anti-NMDA encephalitis as "soul-sucking." I'm pretty sure she still thought she was a human being, though, not a chimp or anything like that.


No, you're not missing anything. McCarthy has said that Evan was given a HepB booster shot at a time when he was suffering from eczema and chronic ear infections. But I think it was the life-threatening seizures after MMR (and I am not sure how long after) that shook McCarthy out of her denial.

It appears that Bulifant's interview was conducted in a manner to elicit certain responses which were then edited to cast a negative light on McCarthy. Even so, Bulifant's account matches the account McCarthy gives in her book. (McCarthy, by the way, has only nice things to say about her mother-in-law in _Louder than Words_, crediting her with being the first to realize Evan was autistic and telling McCarthy about the UCLA program for autistic children which changed Evan's life.)

I've just read _Louder than Words_. I hadn't before because I had a media-sculpted view of McCarthy as a New Age dingbat bimbo. (Sorry, Jenny.) I was astonished to see that the foreword to her book is provided by Dr. David Feinberg, then medical director of Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA.

For Carol

Carol, and am I missing something or is it not in the realm of possibility that previous vaccines- hep b, dpt, had some ill effects on her child up and she simply noticed after the MMR that he really was having difficulty (the MMR being the tipping point)?
I really can't excuse the grandmother (Joyce Bilphant) for speaking against what Jenny has said. She notes in her interview with Ken Reibel - a completely biased interviewer, that she should have spoken to Jenny instead of speaking to the nanny many years ago. Uh, yes! Now she speaks out of turn again to someone who is antagonistic in the extreme. I note that he visited at Thanskgiving but I wouldn't blame Jenny for being very concerned about the 4 times-wed Joyce's choices.


The "science-based medicine" crowd says that Jenny McCarthy's son Evan may not have had autism because his "first symptom" was epileptic seizures, more consistent, according to them, with Landau-Kleffner Syndrome. (Apparently, they aren't averse to attending the "university of Google" when it suits them.)

But McCarthy has said that her son stimmed and displayed some obsessive-compulsive behavior long before he had seizures. Sadly, she didn't understand the significance of that.

Roger Kulp

Autism is a genetic epidemic.


And a lot of it started with the parents and grandparents of todays autistic kids.The research on MS is a good sign of this.


Bob Moffitt

Sioux IA) city journal:

"Steven Joyce, a physician with Mercy Medical Center Internal Medicine & Pediatrics, said: "I don't think I've ever had what you would call a serious adverse reaction," he said."

After reading Merck's "adverse reaction" warnings posted on their site .. page 7 .. I find it extremely odd that Dr. Joyce has never seen a serious adverse reaction:


Body as a whole:

Cardiovascular system:

Digestive System:
"Pancreatitis, diarrhea, vomiting, parotitis, nausea"

Endocrine System:
"Diabetes mellitus"

Hermic and Lymphatic system:
Tromybocytopenia purpura, regional lympthadenopathy, leukocytosis"

Immune System:
"Anaphalaxis and anaphylactoid reactions have been reported as well as related phenomena such as angioeurotic edema"

Musculoskeletal System:
"Arthritis, arthralgia; mylagia"

Nervous System:
"Encephalitis; encephalopathy; measles inclusion body encephalitis (MIBE); subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE),Guillain-Barre-Syndrome (GBS), febrile convulsions; afebrile convulsions or seizures; ataxia, polyneuritis, polyneurpathy; ocular palsies, paresthesia"

I doubt Merck would have listed these possible adverse reactions without evidence suggesting they have good reasons for doing so.

While these warnings only apply to Merck's MMR .. one can only imagine how many other vaccines have similar warnings of adverse reactions?


Re: Michigan story

...Deadly H1N1 flu - the influenza virus strain behind the 2009 pandemic - continues its resurgence in Michigan,

Was 2009 actually a real H1N1 pandemic ??? Seems a review might be needed of that issue on that news story.

I seem to remember that the government ....threw away 130 million doses.... of ....unused H1N1 vaccine.. at the end of the "pandemic" flu season. Vaccines paid for in full of course, by the taxpayers.

Our entire family missed out on a bunch of Thimerosal that year....


"It appears the sickest patients either didn't get the flu vaccine or received a vaccine within the past two weeks.."

Within the past two weeks? Did the vaccine weaken those individuals or was the illness a vaccine reaction?

What about all the studies showing that H1N1 vaccine recipients developed MORE SEVERE illness? Or the one on pigs where those that got the vaccine got more severe lung involvement? Or the one showing that repeated yearly vaccines rendered individuals LESS PROTECTED? How about the recent study of baboons where the pertussis vaccinated baboons became infectious asymptomatic carriers?





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