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2008-09-19 00:00:02

By The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) - A government agency has dropped plans for a study of a controversial treatment for autism that critics had called an unethical experiment on children.The National Institute of Mental Health said in a statement Wednesday that the study of the treatment - called chelation - has been abandoned. The agency decided the money would be better used testing other potential therapies for autism and related disorders, the statement said."There will be parents who...

2008-09-18 18:00:15

By Carla K Johnson CHICAGO - A government agency has dropped plans for a study of a controversial treatment for autism that critics had called an unethical experiment on children. The National Institute of Mental Health said in a statement Wednesday that the study of the treatment - called chelation - has been abandoned. The agency decided the money would be better used testing other potential therapies for autism and related disorders, the statement said. "There will be parents who are...

2008-07-09 21:00:04

By CARLA K. JOHNSON, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CHICAGO Pressured by desperate parents, government researchers are pushing to test an unproven treatment on autistic children, a move some scientists see as an unethical experiment in voodoo medicine. The treatment removes heavy metals from the body and is based on the fringe theory that mercury in vaccines triggers autism a theory never proved and rejected by mainstream science. Mercury hasn't been in childhood vaccines since 2001, except for...

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2008-03-06 12:20:00

Government health officials ruled that a Georgia girl should receive compensation from a federal vaccine-injury fund due to damage caused by a vaccine. The claims that childhood vaccines led to autism-like symptoms were substantiated in a decision that Kevin Conway, a Boston lawyer representing more than 1,200 families with vaccine injury claims, calls "a beginning.""Each case is going to have to be proved on its individual merits," he said. "But it shows to me that the government has...

2008-01-08 18:07:38

Thimerosal, a Mercury-based preservative once used in routine childhood vaccines, may not be a cause of autism as previously believed. After the preservative's removal from shots in 2001, cases of Autism in California are still climbing. Over 5,000 claims have been lodged with the federal government blaming thimerosal for the impaired social interaction characteristic of autism; however this line of blame is being proven implausible. During a 12 year study the California Department of Public...

2005-07-19 17:29:19

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal health officials affirmed the safety of vaccines on Tuesday in an unusual news conference called to counter a growing movement alleging that vaccines can cause autism. Autism activists planned a rally in front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday to press their contention that the government has covered up evidence linking autism to a mercury-based product once used in vaccines. They will also demand more research...


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callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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