By Anne Dachel
Read Anne's comments and click into the links after the jump.
Oct 1, 2013, The Atlantic: Should I Be Getting Health Information From Wikipedia?
Oct 1, 2013, Philadelphia Inquirer: Kids with Autism Often Have Trouble Sleeping, Study Shows
Oct 1, 2013, ABC7 Harrisburg, PA: Midstate doctor: vaccines are victims of their own success
Oct 1, 2013, Huffington: Is Obamacare What the Doctor Ordered for Kids with Autism?
Oct 1, 2013, UK Hull Daily Mail: Heartache of mum who watched her beautiful daughter turn back into a baby
Oct 1, 2013, KBIA Boone County MO: Boone County offers free flu shots for children
Oct 1, 2013, My Fox Baltimore: Cuts Block Some Seeking NIH Research Treatment
Oct 1, 2013 JAMA: Managing the Human Toll Caused by Seasonal Influenza---New York State's Mandate to Vaccinate or Mask
"Again, credit to another physician, a doctor in Texas who runs a blog called 33charts.. He was the keynote speaker at a regional medical education conference that I went to. His name is Bryan Vartabedian, and he's a pediatric gastroenterologist at Texas Children's Hospital at Baylor College of Medicine. In his keynote address to our conference, he said that he felt it was a moral obligation for physicians to be out there in the blogosphere or on the Internet, and he gave what I think is a very compelling example. A few years ago there was some controversy around autism and vaccinations, and some fear that there was an association between specific vaccines and their rate of autism. Now, there were a lot of people posting stuff on the Internet that turned out later to be proven wrong. And he pointed out that there's something like 45,000 U.S. pediatricians in the American Academy of Pediatrics, and he said, if each one of those 45,000 physicians simply posted once on the Internet somewhere, then we would have ruled the airwaves about that controversy and prevented hundreds of thousands, if not many more people from getting incorrect, unreliable, and inaccurate information on the Internet about autism and vaccinations. Framed that way, I do feel we have a moral obligation, as members of the profession to be reaching out to the people we intend to serve, where they are-and they are on the Internet. We don't need to be waiting for them to come to our offices, we should be reaching out to them."
Wikipedia will be an excellent source for medical info when these people get all the pharmaceutically correct info there.
"Many children with autism have poorer sleep quality than other youngsters until they reach their teens, a new study reveals.
"According to one expert, the findings won't come as a surprise to many parents of children with autism.
"'This study further documents what has long been reported and suspected: that children with an autism spectrum disorder have more sleep problems than do their peers,' said Dr. Andrew Adesman, chief of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York in New Hyde Park."
Tell us something WE DON'T ALREADY KNOW! I posted a short comment asking why there's never a vaxed/unvaxed study...which is no longer there. I don’t' think they really mean it when they say, "Join the conversation."
ABC7 Harrisburg, PA
"Recent reports about vaccines causing autism have injected fear into some parents. But Medzoyan said that theory has been disproved.
"'What it really comes down to is unvaccinated kids don't really have any less rates of autism. Or another way of looking at it is vaccinated kids are not more likely to be autistic than unvaccinated kids,' Medzoyan said. 'You can't lose guard. The whole world doesn't have our healthcare system. And any point on the planet is accessible in 24 hours by plane.'"
Seriously, the doctor is WRONG. There's never been a study comparing vaccinated and unvaccinated children. I posted a respectful comment saying just that, but it was removed. Nice to see Maurine and Ginger's comments up there.
"But with all of Obamacare's positives, families of autistic children who rely on Medicaid still have hurdles to overcome. In the last two decades, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) across the country. Now one in 50 school-aged children are impacted. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, ASDs are lifelong neurological developmental disabilities that profoundly affect the way a person comprehends, communicates and relates to others. It is well established that early intervention services for young children with ASD significantly improve children's prognosis and should begin as early as 18 months of age. Further, research indicates that one-third of children receiving early intervention services improved so much that their need for ongoing support was dramatically reduced.
"Along with the benefits to the children, early intervention saves states millions of dollars as reports show that many individuals with ASD require lifelong supports at a cost estimated at $3.2 million per person. Early intervention can reduce those costs by more than half over an individual's life span. Yet only nine states will extend Medicaid to include autism therapies."
Here we're told that there's been "a dramatic increase in the number of individuals diagnosed with ...ASD." I believe the word is CHILDREN. Lifetime cost IS STILL ESTIMATED AT $3.2 million per person. That figure comes from SEVEN YEARS AGO, and it was considered "conservative" back then. So what? No one is ever bothered by this.
UK Hull Daily Mail
"Seeing her six-year old daughter smiling straight into the camera, Laura Murrell cannot believe how far she has come.
"The cheeky tot with a grin and angelic, golden locks looking back from Avie Murrell's school photo is unrecognisable from 18 months ago.
"Avie has late-onset autism and mum Laura has faced a battle since she began regressing at two years old.
"Eye contact was impossible with the toddler and she would either stay silent or scream uncontrollably....
"Avie was like any normal baby, mum Laura had heard her first word and watched her take her first steps.
"But at 18 months old, there was a change...."
Horrifying story of regression that I guess is now an accepted part of childhood...just like the diagnosis, "late-onset autism."
KBIA Boone County MO
"Children in Boone County can get free flu shots starting Tuesday, Oct. 1.
"Andrea Waner, spokesperson for the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health, said that the department will vaccinate children in grades K-8 at public, and some private, Boone County schools."...
"Cooperstock also encourages parents to ignore anti-vaccination activists and make sure their children get the shot. He feels the activists are a vocal minority giving 'scientifically unsound' information to patients, particularly to parents, who worry about disproved links between vaccines and autism.
"'Those voices of doom and gloom are not really telling you anything that has any scientific substantiation at all,' Cooperstock said. 'Quite the opposite--all the scientific evidence indicates the safety of these vaccines.'"
Free flu shots in the public schools? Is that what we're sending kids to school for? A local doctor wants parents to "ignore anti-vacccination activists." Just like they ignore autism, I guess. I posted comments, but all have been removed. Maurine Meleck's is still there. Thank you, Maurine!
My Fox Baltimore
"Patients hoping to enroll for treatment in cutting-edge research studies at the National Institutes of Health's renowned hospital will have to seek care elsewhere during the government shutdown.
"Each week that a shutdown lasts would force the agency's research-only hospital to turn away an estimated 200 patients, 30 of them children, seeking to participate in studies of experimental treatments, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
"Still, 'this is the place where people have wanted to come when all else has failed,' Collins said. 'It's heartbreaking.'
"Outside of the NIH hospital, laboratory experiments ranging from creating better flu vaccines to finding the cause of autism also were suspended as scientists were sent home.
Is NIH director, Francis Collins serious? Due to the government shutdown and more sequester cuts scientists can't look for the cause of autism. (And they were getting so close.) I posted a comment.
"New York State and the nation as a whole experienced one of the worst influenza seasons in a decade during the winter of 2012-2013. In the peak week ending January 19, 2013, New York alone reported more than 5000 cases of laboratory-confirmed influenza, more than 1120 hospitalizations as a result of influenza, and 5 flu-related pediatric deaths. By the season's end, more than 45?000 cases had been confirmed, more than 9500 people had been hospitalized, and 14 children had died.1
"The flu is especially threatening in health care settings such as hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and nursing homes, where exposure to flu virus is heightened by ill patients and close and ongoing contact with infected health care professionals and staff. Public health officials have long urged health care personnel to get vaccinated. Even so, many do not.2''; ....
"The state of New York is implementing a first-of-its-kind mandate for the use of masks in all unvaccinated health care personnel, both staff and volunteer. The new regulation, which goes into effect with the 2013-2014 flu season, requires unvaccinated health care personnel in regulated settings to wear a surgical mask in areas where patients or residents may be present. These settings include hospitals, nursing homes, diagnostic and treatment centers, home care agencies, and hospices."...
"Mandates requiring masking for unvaccinated persons are controversial.7 Some doubt that flu vaccines and masking are efficacious enough to merit the creation of a mandate. Critics contend that neither method is 100% effective against the spread of the flu, and that in most cases, immunizations are less than 60% effective. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not dispute that number. According to the CDC, recent studies show that the flu vaccine can reduce the risk of flu illness by about 60% among the overall population, assuming that most circulating flu viruses are similar to those contained in the vaccine.8 In the 2012-2013 season, vaccine effectiveness was 56% for the general population but deemed "not statistically significant" among adults older than 65 years, results that ironically fortified opposition to a vaccine mandate even though the elderly are at high risk of infection."
"The human toll"? Give me a break. And it doesn't really prevent flu?
So, nothing about the mercury. Why?
Next study.....AUTISTIC KIDS DON'T MAKE EYE CONTACT.
This is beyond absurd. It's obscene. Officials and experts will do anything to pretend to address autism even if it means going over and over the same old thing
Kids With Autism Often Have Trouble Sleeping, Study Shows
Many children with autism have poorer sleep quality than other youngsters until they reach their teens, a new study reveals.
According to one expert, the findings won't come as a surprise to many parents of children with autism.
"This study further documents what has long been reported and suspected: that children with an autism spectrum disorder have more sleep problems than do their peers," said Dr. Andrew Adesman, chief of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York in New Hyde Park.
I can only ask, HOW MUCH TIME AND MONEY WENT INTO THIS STUDY? How about telling parents something THEY DON'T ALREADY KNOW? One in every 50 kids now has an autism diagnosis. Among boys alone, it's one in every 31. AND NO OFFICIAL CAN TELL US WHY.
They continue to tell us that autism has no known cause or cure. There's nothing a mainstream doctor can tell a new mom so that her healthy baby doesn't' also regress into autism by age two.
How bad do the numbers have to get before health officials call autism A CRISIS? (Something they've never done!)
Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism
When is anyone going to do a simple comparison study of vaccinated and unvaccinated kids? It's the most heated argument in pediatric medicine today, but no one is calling for it. If one in every 50 fully vaccinated kids also has autism---this issue would be ended once and for all.
With so many parents now too afraid to vaccinate, the study group is out there. Officials do retrospective studies like this all the time but they refuse when the issue is vaccines and autism.
Instead of telling parents things they already know far too well, let's do something that really matters.
Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism
Should I Be Getting Health Information From Wikipedia?
Students at UCSF can soon get course credit for editing medical Wikipedia articles, joining a group of medical professionals and others dedicated to improving available health information online. ...
Again, credit to another physician, a doctor in Texas who runs a blog called 33charts. He was the keynote speaker at a regional medical education conference that I went to. His name is Bryan Vartabedian, and he's a pediatric gastroenterologist at Texas Children's Hospital at Baylor College of Medicine. In his keynote address to our conference, he said that he felt it was a moral obligation for physicians to be out there in the blogosphere or on the Internet, and he gave what I think is a very compelling example. A few years ago there was some controversy around autism and vaccinations, and some fear that there was an association between specific vaccines and their rate of autism. Now, there were a lot of people posting stuff on the Internet that turned out later to be proven wrong. And he pointed out that there's something like 45,000 U.S. pediatricians in the American Academy of Pediatrics, and he said, if each one of those 45,000 physicians simply posted once on the Internet somewhere, then we would have ruled the airwaves about that controversy and prevented hundreds of thousands, if not many more people from getting incorrect, unreliable, and inaccurate information on the Internet about autism and vaccinations. Framed that way, I do feel we have a moral obligation, as members of the profession to be reaching out to the people we intend to serve, where they are-and they are on the Internet. We don't need to be waiting for them to come to our offices, we should be reaching out to them.
Several Danish autism studies were published over the last eleven years. Some examined the autism-vaccine angles and some were funded or otherwise supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
At its February 9, 2004 meeting, the Immunization Safety Review Committee of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) reviewed the available evidence related to vaccinations and autism, including certain Danish studies conveniently published in 2002 and 2003. The Committee issued its report on May 14, 2004[i] and concluded that the "body of epidemiological evidence" favored rejection of a causal relationship between MMR vaccination and autism and between thimerosal-containing vaccines and autism.
The committee also recommended "that available funding for autism research be channeled to the most promising areas." My protest 8 years ago to the President of the Institute of Medicine[ii] has yet to be answered.
In this review, I will simply try to compare the autism and ASD counts listed in 3 of the Danish vaccine-related studies that were published in 2002 - 2003 (and considered at the February 9, 2004 meeting discussed above) with reciprocal autism or ASD counts from two non-vaccine-related Danish studies published in 2004 and 2013.
All autism/ASD counts in Danish studies reportedly originate from the same source.
MSN Healthy Living
"In your lifetime or my lifetime, we may be able to have a vaccine capable of stopping this terrible disease," says Vincent Tuohy, PhD, at the Cleveland Clinic. After 11 years, his dream to develop a breast cancer vaccine is coming to fruition.
"We came up with this idea in 2002 when we realized we have this enormous deficiency in our healthcare system. We have a wonderful childhood vaccine program that protects us," he told Prevention.com. "Yet we reach our adult years and face all these adult-onset cancers like breast cancer, ovarian cancer and prostate cancer."
This led him to his groundbreaking finding: a single vaccine could prevent breast cancer tumors from occurring in mice genetically bred to develop the disease as well as stop the growth of already present breast cancer tumors. The research was published in 2010 in the journal Nature Medicine. (Check out these 30 ways to Cancer-Proof Your Life.)