This week, the news is all about a study that seems to show very clearly and positively that mercury-based thimerosal in vaccines has absolutely nothing to do with autism. According to an AP story:
A new study from Italy adds to a mountain of evidence that a mercury-based preservative once used in many vaccines doesn't hurt children, offering more reassurance to parents.Ta da! Now we know that thimerosal in vaccines has nothing to do with autism, and we can all stop arguing about this particular issue.
In the early 1990s, thousands of healthy Italian babies in a study of whooping cough vaccines got two different amounts of the preservative thimerosal (pronounced thih-MEHR'-uh-sawl) from all their routine shots.
Ten years later, 1,403 of those children took a battery of brain function tests. Researchers found small differences in only two of 24 measurements and those "might be attributable to chance," they wrote in the February issue of the journal Pediatrics, which was released Monday.
Only one case of autism was found, and that was in the group that got the lower level of thimerosal.
Guess not.. sigh...