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Entries from February 2010

TACA update

February 27th, 2010 · 4 Comments · Serious overreach

Tweet TACA headquarters in Costa Mesa, CA, overnighted a letter to me which arrived at my door not 20 minutes ago. It repeats what was said in the email. Paranoid control freaks trying to hide from the outside world.  Why does that sound familiar?

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What is TACA afraid of?

February 26th, 2010 · 9 Comments · Easy marks

Tweet As the father of a child with autism, I assumed that $50 would get me in the door at the Wisconsin Real Help Now Conference, sponsored by the anti-vaccine group Talk About Curing Autism Now. What was I thinking? Dear Mr. Reibel, The purpose of our Wisconsin Real Help Now Conference on Saturday, February […]

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Wakefield’s folly felt in US

February 16th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Miseducation

Tweet The recent outbreak of mumps on the US east coast has been traced to an 11-year-old boy who visited Great Britain, reports the CDC. The boy reportedly returned from the trip on June 17, 2009. UK health authorities reported approximately 7,400 cases of laboratory-confirmed mumps in 2009. The boy then attended a summer camp […]

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Keeping tabs on McCarthy

February 12th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Narrative

Tweet Nothing matches the tabloid press for pure spite. Celebrities are ripped to shreds for the clothes they wear, or being 10 pounds overweight, or flashing cellulite at the beach. “Evidence” is a fluid concept to an enterprise that traffics in gossip and schadenfreude – just being seen in the same restaurant with somebody else […]

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Roy Richard Grinker on proposed DSM changes

February 10th, 2010 · 7 Comments · Kudos

Tweet In a perfect world where evidence trumps emotion, and D-list actresses stick to their scripts, the words “autism” and “vaccines” would never appear in the same sentence. So it was a relief to read Dr. Richard Grinker’s op-ed in today’s New York Times explaining the proposed changes to how autism is diagnosed in the […]

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2010 Doctoral Training Award Recipients Announced

February 8th, 2010 · No Comments · Urban legend

Tweet The Autism Science Foundation has awarded $180,000 in grants to six pre-doctoral students who are pursuing careers in basic and clinical scientific research relevant to autism spectrum disorders. The money will be distributed to student/mentor teams conducting research in autism treatment, biomarkers, animal models, and epidemiology. The grants come after less than ten months […]

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