Archive for 'Autism' Category

Montagnier and the Autism Treatment Trust

By Anthony - Last updated: Monday, November 22, 2010

This summer the Nobel Prizewinner, Luc Montagnier, seemed to lend credibility to homeopathy. French virologist Luc Montagnier stunned his colleagues at a prestigious international conference when he presented a new method for detecting viral infections that bore close parallels to the basic tenets of homeopathy. Although fellow Nobel prize winners — who view homeopathy as […]

Wakefield: One less crocodile in the swamp

By Anthony - Last updated: Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I’ve been blogging on the MMR vaccine controversy here since 2003, writing letters to my professional journal about the safety of the vaccine since 2002, and prior to that arguing with kooks on the internet in internet newsgroups about vaccines. While over that time the claims supporting any link between MMR vaccine and autism were […]

Wakefield in his own words

By Anthony - Last updated: Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Here is a video made by Brian Deer, which transposes his explanation of Wakefield’s behaviour with words from a recent interview with Wakefield. Hat-tip: LBRB.

Wakefield and Thoughtful House

By Anthony - Last updated: Thursday, February 18, 2010

The GMC verdict on Andrew Wakefield seems to have lead to some changes at Thoughtful House. The needs of the children we serve must always come first. All of us at Thoughtful House are grateful to Dr. Wakefield for the valuable work he has done here. We fully support his decision to leave Thoughtful House […]

Autism and adults

By Anthony - Last updated: Tuesday, September 22, 2009

NHS National statistics have released a report entitled Autism Spectrum Disorders in adults living in households throughout England – report from the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey 2007 . The key facts in this document that they list are: Using the recommended threshold of a score of 10 or more on the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, […]

Another Wakefield paper to have retractions?

By Anthony - Last updated: Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Wakefield’s original 1998 paper, which led to the health scare over MMR vaccine driven by the UK media, was eventually retracted by ten of his co-authors. Another paper published by Wakefield is expected to be retracted by some important co-authors. In 2002, Wakefield published a paper which is widely known as the O’Leary paper. The […]

Correlation vs causation

By Anthony - Last updated: Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Avast me hearties! Shiver me timbers! There is news that rain may be linked to autism: Research published today suggests that regular rainfall may help trigger autism in children, USA TODAY’s Rita Rubin reports. “If you look at the autism literature now, they’re much more open to an environmental trigger,” says lead author Michael Waldman, […]

Snyderman and Offit on the vaccine-autism scare

By Anthony - Last updated: Friday, October 31, 2008

When science goes bad

By Anthony - Last updated: Saturday, September 6, 2008

If you want a good example of how concerns about MMR vaccine being implicated with autism have left the realms of science and gone journeying into the wilder areas of quackery and pseudoscience, then the latest press release from Thoughtful House about the Hornig study is a good place to start. Brian Deer, a journalist […]