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Entries from April 2008

Slate gets it

April 17th, 2008 · 7 Comments · Kudos

Tweet This is encouraging. Slate Senior Editor Emily Bazelon interviews Dr. Sydney Spiesel. Here’s part of the exchange: Bazelon: “One of the reasons people cite for opting out is the fear of autism. Is there any evidence that is a legitimate concern?” Spiesel: There are actually two concerns. One is thimerosal, and the other is […]

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Vaccine rejectionism and empowerment

April 14th, 2008 · 52 Comments · Critical thinking, Narrative

Tweet What motivates and sustains the anti-vaccine movement? Science rejects a link between vaccines and autism, and the persistence in illogical beliefs doesn’t advance the cause of austic people one iota. Dr. Amy Tuteur, MD, says “vaccines rejectionism” is about how parents see themselves, and that it has little to do with children or vaccines. […]

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Attorney Clifford Shoemaker v. bloggers

April 6th, 2008 · 14 Comments · Urban legend

Tweet There’s a reason the public holds attorneys in only slightly higher esteem than arms smugglers and crack whores, and his name is Clifford Shoemaker. Where most people view autism as a developmental delay, Shoemaker sees boat payments. For 20 years, he’s been gaming vaccine court, and making the big bucks, according to an investigation […]

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Developmental delay

April 3rd, 2008 · 18 Comments · Critical thinking, Junk science

Tweet In addition to raising awareness of the world’s most famous development disability, World Autism Awareness Day also exposes some of the more enduring misconceptions that reporters still hold about autism. While more and more major media outlets are presenting evidence-based approaches to this intriguing story, many smaller outlets have yet to pass their earliest […]

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