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Re: No Link Between MMR Jab, Autism
Posted by: Anonymous 2005-03-03 13:41:52
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A new study of more than 30,000 children has provided the strongest evidence yet that no link exists between the MMR jab and increasing autism rates, it has been disclosed. The research conducted in the Japanese city of Yokohama showed that the number of children with autism continued to rise even when the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine was replaced with single jabs. Dr. Hideo Honda of the Yokohama Rehabilitation Center, who led the investigation, said, "The findings ... are resoundingly negative."

Re: No Link Between MMR Jab, Autism
Posted by: jfinlayson 2005-03-03 15:00:43 In reply to: Anonymous
What they found was that replacing the MMR ("triple-jab") with separate vaccines didn't reduce the incidence of autism.<br>
Dr. Wakefield did speculate that combining the three vaccines into one might have been the problem. But that was never more than a conjecture, and because of its public health ramifications, a reckless one.
It was never clear to me how he made the leap from observing measles in the gut of autistic kids to recommending replacing the MMR with separate vaccines.
But I don't think this entirely closes the book on the measles vaccine and autism. Dr. Wakefield's logical leap to conclusions about MMR vs. single-jabs has been proven baseless, but I hope this error doesn't prevent other researchers from pursuing what may be valid questions raised by the observations that sent Wakefield down this path in the first place.
Has anyone tried to replicate the observation of measles in the gut of autistics? If it has been replicated, are there other hypotheses that could be tested (e.g., gut vulnerability to chronic measles infection is a co-occuring condition with -- but not a cause of -- autism). Inquiry along those lines might lead to discoveries that shed light on autism.
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