Early this morning in the few moments I have control of the remote before my children beg for their Curious George and Super Why!, I caught the report that British Dr. Andrew Wakefield, the researched behind the now infamous Austism study, was found to be a fraud…
I don’t regret following a delayed and selected vaccination schedule. I’m still selective about what my children get and when they get them, not just due to my own experiences with children with autism, but from family reactions and other research I’ve done.
But I am saddened that a study like this, with obvious holes that even a neophyte researcher could have discovered, was ever published. Especially as a former researcher myself who had several research studies evaluated and subsequently published in scholarly journals on topics not nearly as controversial as this one. The editorial board ripped every single part of my data analysis apart; why didn’t this happen for this study?
The news that the study was not only bad science but worse, fraudulent, does not at all make me question the many parents who truly believed that their kids did, in fact, show signs of Autism after their vaccinations. There’s nothing yet to say that something in certain vaccines combined with a certain child’s biology might be a factor for some children.
According to UNICEF, about two million children die each year from diarrhea. And according to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 200,000 people — mostly children — also die annually from measles. But there’s an effective way to reduce childhood sickness and death from these diseases. A new study by Cochrane researchers strongly endorses the promotion and use of vitamin A supplements, based on an extensive review of research that shows the vitamin slashes the incidence of measles and diarrhea and ultimately saves lives…
The researchers strongly recommend continuing vitamin A supplementation programs in children under five. However, they noted this is not a permanent solution to the problem of vitamin A deficiency. “Fortification, dietary diversification, food distribution programs and horticultural developments such as home gardening and bio-fortification may provide more permanent relief,” said Bhutta. “For example, vitamin A content could be increased in staples such as rice or growers may aim to promote use of biofortified foods such as orange sweet potato.”
Victory! After a grueling battle with his school district, 12-year-old Andrew Stevens can now bring his service dog Alaya to school with him, Andrew’s dad told us today. This victory comes partly due to the involvement of Change.org members, who sent 371 emails to Andrew’s school urging them to overturn the ban. It’s time to celebrate a victory for disability rights, epilepsy awareness and a boy and his dog!
Andrew’s Fairfax County, Virginia elementary school had repeatedly barred Andrew’s trained service dog Alayafrom school, despite the fact that Alaya can help detect and prevent Andrew’s seizures. Andrew, who has epilepsy, used to have 10-20 seizures a day. Now it’s gone down to 5-10 a day, his father, Angelo Stevens, told Change.org today.
Results of a recent study that was released in the latest issue of Pediatrics indicate that, along with numerous health benefits, breastfeeding can help save new moms and dads a great deal of money. The researchers found that parents in the United States who choose not to breast feed spend around $13 billion in total each year, according to ABC News.
Though the report raises some interesting questions, it has been criticized by some for how they landed at that figure, citing an absence of taking into account how much it costs to breastfeed. However, the study’s author maintains that regardless of the actual estimate, breast feeding is still incredibly beneficial.
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