July 21, 2014, Examiner.com: Largest study to date shows majority of autism is genetic
July 21, 2014, LA Times: Student filmmakers find themselves drawn into the vaccine/autism fray
July 20, 2014, Forbes: Robert Kennedy's Dangerous Anti-Vaccine Activism
July 20, 2014, US News: Common Genes Implicated in Autism Study
July 20, 2014, USA Today: Iowa puts $5 million into autism program
July 20, 2014, Wall Street Journal: Can You Really Afford a New Child?
July 19, 2014, Daily Pilot, Costa Mesa, CA: Danger of anti-immunization movement is real
July 17, 2014, ScienceBlogs.com: Andrew Wakefield is still at it blaming vaccines for autism
At least 60 percent of autism is genetically inherited through gene mutations. Fifty-two percent of the mutations that cause autism are directly inherited from parents and family. These are the conclusions of the largest genetic study of the source of autism ever conducted. The research was led by Carnegie Mellon University's Kathryn Roeder and was reported in the July 20, 2014, edition of the journal Nature Genetics.
The source of autism in children is in majority the result of the desire of parents with defective genes to have children. The study included the contribution of environmental causes of autism and found that genetics trumps any environmental cause for autism. The study was based on the genetic analysis of over 1.6 million Swedish families and compared 3,000 people with autism with a group that did not have autism that was the same size....
This discovery that included the National Institutes of Health in the United States and several experts from U. S. universities brings into serious doubt previous claims that vaccinations or any environmental source caused autism. The 2010 U. S. Court ruling that the use of thimerosal in vaccines was a cause of autism is now suspect of being invalid. Likewise the books that claim vaccinations caused autism are now considered to be less than factual.
We're back to the "refrigerator mom" being blamed for autism--"parents with defective genes" is the updated version of blame the parents. This explains "at least 60 percent of autism," according to this study. And the other 40 percent is likely due to all those other associations: fat moms, old moms, drinking moms, moms on anti-depressant, moms who have babies too close together, and moms who live too close to freeways. This lets thimerosal and pesticides off the hook. AND HOW TIMELY! With Robert Kennedy's new book just out--it's the perfect response. Kennedy can't be right--THE LATEST SCIENCE SAYS SO!
Every school day, students at Carlsbad High tune in their classroom televisions to a news show produced by its award-winning broadcast journalism program.
Airing from a well-appointed studio on campus, the report covers topics ranging from final exams to nearby wildfires, delivered by a teenage staff that typically goofs around until the cameras roll and professionalism descends.
Carlsbad High has come to expect a lot from CHSTV, a "signature program," according to schools Supt. Suzette Lovely.
But no one expected the kind of attentionthat has lately muzzled one of its most acclaimed works - a short documentary produced by an extracurricular offshoot of the program.
It was all social controversy. There was no science controversy.- Allison DeGour, student filmmaker
The movie, "Invisible Threat," bills itself as a report on "the science of disease and the risks facing a society that is under-vaccinated.". . .
Focus Autism and AutismOne organizations complained about the movie's Rotary Club backing and about the involvement of Dr. Paul Offit, a University of Pennsylvania pediatrician and immunization proponent. They argued that "Invisible Threat" was "scripted with industry talking points" and that the movie seemed to be the work of adults operating under false pretenses, not students.
The very fact that Offit is cited with no mention of his MERCK TIES, is proof that this is indoctrination. These students are being taught to never question what officials tell them
Robert Kennedy is obsessed with the notion that vaccines cause autism. He's particularly obsessed with the discredited idea that thimerosal, a preservative used in some vaccines, causes autism. Now Kennedy is about to publish a new book on this topic, and he's promoting it both in the press and, as described in today's Washington Post, in the halls of Congress. He's recently had personal meetings with U.S. Senators Barbara Mikulski and Bernie Sanders to try to convince them to take action based on his claims. Why is it that a scientifically unqualified anti-vaccine advocate can get a private audience with a U.S. Senator? Because he's famous, that's why.
As expected, the Washington Post coverage will be the example for reporting on Kennedy's book. Here at Forbes, Steven Salzberg goes after Kennedy for daring to suggest that mercury is harmful. (He's in my book.)
BTW...DOES ANYONE SEE THE WORD MERCURY HERE???? I don't. It's just the mysterious ingredient called THIMEROSAL. Forbes has blocked me from posting a comment or else I'd ask why Salzberg is covering up the MERCURY issue. Forbes only believes in the First Amendment if the commenter agrees with their article.
Most of the genetic risk for autism appears to come from common gene variants rather than spontaneous gene mutations, according to a new study. ...
The investigators also found that genetics seem to play a stronger role in autism risk than environmental factors, according to the study funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health....
"From this study, we can see that genetics plays a major role in the development of autism compared to environmental risk factors, making autism more like height than we thought -- many small risk factors add up, each pushing a person further out on the spectrum," co-lead investigator Kathryn Roeder, professor of statistics and computational biology at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, said in a university news release....
According to NIMH Director Dr. Thomas Insel, "Knowing the nature of the genetic risk will help focus the search for clues to the molecular roots of the disorder. Common variation may be more important than we thought," he said in the Carnegie Mellon news release.
So throw out the vaccine link---it's bad genes....Shades of the idiot doctor who told Richard and me that we were genetically "mismatched" and that's why our son had autism!
And of all people...who should appear in U.S. News BACKING THE GENETIC RISK....good ole Thomas Insel. (He's also in my book!)
I posted two comments.
The money, approved by the legislature in 2013, started becoming available this past April. Five families are enrolled so far, but that number is expected to jump.
Autism is believed to affect more than 1 percent of American children. In severe cases, children lack any speech ability and have frequent, physical outbursts. In less severe cases, children may speak well but have difficulty interacting with other people. Most experts believe the main causes for the developmental disability are genetic, although environmental factors could play a role.
Applied Behavior Analysis participants spend hours with therapists, who encourage any progress in speech and social skills and ignore disruptive behaviors unless they become dangerous. Over months or years, proponents say, most students increase their ability to function well in school, make friends and eventually work at regular jobs.
'If these kids don't move toward living somewhat normal lives, when they become adults, they'll be under state care for the rest of their lives, and that's very, very expensive.'
--Iowa state Rep. Dave Heaton
I posted a comment. The people of Iowa need to think about what Rep. Heaton.
Expecting a child this summer? Most births in the U.S. occur in August, with July a close second. If recent patterns hold, the country will welcome more than 700,000 new babies over the summer months.
How much is a child likely to cost you? Estimates range from more than $240,000 (in today's dollars and excluding the cost of college) for a typical child. Add $1.4 million to $2.4 million (including government expenditures such as Medicaid) for a child with a disability such as autism.
This is bizarre. Notice the nonchalant reference to the high cost of having an autistic child. Something for EVERY PARENT TO THINK ABOUT...especially if a woman is pregnant with A BOY. Autism is so common, we all have to consider how we'll deal with the cost. It is sad to realize how little our children matter--unless we have to consider THE COST.
It's always dismaying when seemingly rational, intelligent people make incomprehensible decisions.
Such is the case when parents ignore reams of scientific data, demonstrable real-world evidence and expert advice by choosing to forgo standard immunizations for their children.
What's particularly frustrating is that many of them have turned against a proven public health benefit because they've been suckered into believing the thoroughly discredited accounts linking vaccines to various ills, including autism and sudden infant death syndrome.
It's tiresome to read about whooping cough worries when the media shows absolutely no concern about an epidemic of autism. I posted three comments.
Despite his utter irrelevance to anything scientific, I still remain curious to know every now and then what ol' Andy is up to. Yesterday, thanks to Anne Dachel, the "media editor" of the antivaccine crank blog Age of Autism, I found out that Dr. Andrew Wakefield continues to speak out.
Where would the deniers be without Dr. Wakefield. Glad to know they're reading Age of Autism.
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