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2009-02-12 14:05:00

A US court ruled against the families in three cases that had blamed routine vaccinations for their children's autism. "It was abundantly clear that petitioners' theories of causation were speculative and unpersuasive," the court commented in one of its rulings on Thursday. The plaintiffs alleged that the children developed symptoms of autism after being administered standard childhood vaccinations for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). Although scientists have disputed such claims for some...

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2009-01-26 15:25:00

In a new study, researchers have reported that the mercury-based preservative thimerosal appears to be safe for use in children. The preservative was once used in infant vaccines to prevent the growth of bacteria and fungus, but has since become controversial due to purported risks that it is linked to autism. Use of the preservative in the US came to an end in 2001, except for certain flu shots.  Researchers in Italy studied thousands of babies who received two different types of...

2008-10-16 09:00:43

CSL Biotherapies, a subsidiary of one of the world's leading manufacturers of influenza vaccine, today announced an innovative online quick-ship ordering system, enabling healthcare providers and other purchasers to buy CSL Biotherapies' thimerosal-free flu vaccine for adults directly from the company. This new purchasing platform (accessible at www.mercuryfreefluvaccine.com) offers customers enhanced access to a thimerosal-free product in the quantity they need, whenever they need it....

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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...

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2008-01-31 00:00:00

A recent study which will be published in February's edition of the journal Pediatrics proves that the form of mercury in vaccination preservatives can not be linked to autism, though some advocacy groups argue otherwise. Thimerosal, the preservative referenced in the study contains ethyl mercury. This allows the vaccines to be distributed in multi-dose containers. Prior to 1999 some scientists assumed that ethyl mercury and methyl mercury were similar, and that the health risks from the...

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...

2005-07-05 15:39:58

By Andrew Stern CHICAGO (Reuters) - Government figures that have been cited to prove that autism is rapidly increasing in the United States are not reliable and thus unsuitable for tracking the disorder, a study said on Tuesday. The U.S. Department of Education figures, based on the number of children receiving special education assistance, have internal "anomalies" and are in conflict with a number of studies on the prevalence of the condition, said the report from Portland State...