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A trio of Federal judges have ruled against three separate plaintiffs who alleged that vaccines caused their child’s autism: These three decisions, each looking into a different theory as to how vaccines might have injured the children, are expected to guide the outcomes of all those claims. The judges ruled that the families seeking compensation…

Happy Warriors for Vaccines

The NYTimes profiles Paul Offit, author of Autism’s False Prophets. Offit has been taking the anti-vaccine lobby to task over pseudoscience, and he hasn’t been winning many friends in the process: Those backing Dr. Offit say he was forced into the role. Opponents of vaccines have held rallies, appeared on talk shows like “Oprah” and…

Quashed!

The subpeona against Kathleen Seidel has been quashed. ENDORSED ORDER granting MOTION to Quash Subpoena. Text of Order: “Granted. Attorney Clifford Shoemaker is ordered to show cause within 10 days why he should not be sanctioned under Fed R Civ P 11 — see Fed R Civ P 45(a)(2)(B) which requires that a deposition subpoena…

Autism-vaccine subpeona update

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about Kathleen Seidel, a blogger at neurodiversity.com, who was being intimidated via subpeona by a lawyer for anti-vaccinationists. The lawyer, Clifford Shoemaker, represents plaintiffs in a lawsuit against vaccine manufacturers alleging that mercury in their vaccines caused autism in children. The subpeona filed by Mr. Shoemaker was particularly intrusive,…

You have got to be friggin’ kidding me!? Kathleen Seidel, blogger at neurodiversity.com, has been subpoenaed by Rev. Lisa Sykes and Seth Sykes to appear in their case against the Bayer company. Their case alleges that mercury additives to vaccines caused their son’s autism. Now Seidel is a blogger who has taken repeated issue with…

I nearly aerosolized Diet Pepsi all over my computer screen when I read this: It a town hall meeting Friday in Texas, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., declared that “there’s strong evidence” that thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative that was once in many childhood vaccines, is responsible for the increased diagnoses of autism in the U.S. —…

DeSoto and Hitlan Revisted

About a month ago, I posted about a paper in Child Neurology that was correcting a previous paper that looked at the relationship between mercury and autism. The original paper, Ip et al. 2004, was a case control study that compared the levels of mercury in hair samples from children with autism as opposed to…

I wrote earlier today about mercury and autism, and how I thought a criticism of an earlier paper on statistical grounds was fair. Some of the commentors including Orac took me to task saying that the original analysis was indeed better. After thinking about it for most of the day, I changed my mind. The…

I was struck by this paper that came out in the Journal of Child Neurology, looking back at previous study of mercury levels in autistic children. DeSoto and Hitlan looked back at Ip et al. 2004, a case control study that compared the blood and hair levels of mercury in children with autism to those…

More on Autism and Faces

Less than a week after I had to correct myself on autism and face perception, I read another article on the subject that has me skeptical. Let’s see if we can apply what we learned before. The conclusions from my earlier piece were a couple: 1) people with autism do not seem to possess a…