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A Child's Severe Reaction to a Vaccine Alters Life

By Sarah BridgesWeb Exclusive This is the lesson you don't get in the parenting books: Sometimes bad things happen from doing the right thing for your baby.   Porter's high-pitched scream woke us at midnight. When I ran to the nursery and picked him up, his sleeper was damp and his head flopped to the side. My husband grabbed the phone and punched in the number for the pediatrician.   "Hurry," I yelled, even though Brian was dialing as fast as he could. He reached for Porter, then handed me the phone. "It's the nurses' line," he said.   "What's the problem?" a... read more

Study Finds Genetic Link Between Autism, Vaccines

By Thomas H. Maugh II Times Staff Writer June 9, 2004 The mercury preservative used in some vaccines can cause behavioral abnormalities in newborn mice characteristic of autism, but only in mice with a specific genetic susceptibility, Columbia University researchers report today. The findings challenge the results of several large studies on autism and bolster the fears of parents who have long believed their children were harmed by the vaccines. The fact that the preservative, called thimerosal, had an effect on only one strain of mice could explain... read more

What about Mercury? Getting Thimerosal Out of Vaccines

Issue 105, March/April 2001By Lisa Reagan In his opening statement to the House Committee on Government Reform's hearing on mercury and medicine on June 18, 2000, Congressman Daniel Burton (R-Indiana) stated, "We assume that the FDA would protect our children from exposure to any level of mercury through drugs. But that has not been the case. Thimerosal was first marketed in 1930 and has become the most widely used preservative in vaccines. It is present in over 50 licensed vaccines. The FDA recently acknowledged that in the first six months of life children get more... read more

Vaccination Decisions for Parents

Vaccination is a medical procedure that carries a risk of injury or death. As a parent, it is your responsibility to become educated about the benefits and risks of vaccines in order to make the most informed, responsible vaccination decisions. Your doctor is required by law to provide you with vaccine benefit/risk information materials before your child is vaccinated. Consumer groups, including the National Vaccine Information Center, worked with government health agencies to develop parent information booklets on each mandated vaccine. Ask your doctor for the... read more

The Politics of Gardasil

By Peggy O'Mara Issue 142, 2007 In February 2007, bowing to pressure from parents and medical groups, including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Merck & Co. stopped lobbying state officials to require that students be vaccinated with Gardasil before they can be admitted to school. The vaccine manufacturer hopes to generate as much as $3 billion in annual sales from Gardasil. According to the AAP, however, the states lack the money to pay for the vaccine, which costs $360 for the series of three shots. In February, Texas Governor Rick Perry mandated Gardasil... read more

Gathering the Evidence: ASD, New Findings, and Public Policy

By James Jeffrey BradstreetIssue 115, November - December 2002 Adapted from written supplement to oral testimony before the Government Reform Committee, US House of Representatives, June 19, 2002. Autism is not a single entity, nor does it have simplistic genetic or epidemiological characteristics; rather, it represents a broad spectrum of clinical disorders that share behavioral and delayed-development features. Autism and its related entities are characterized by delayed neurodevelopment, lack or inappropriate use of language, stereotypical repetitive behaviors, and... read more

First Moon Rising: The Making of a Menarche Ritual

Web ExclusiveBy Ksenija Soster-OlmerWhen I first heard about the Red Party, I was intrigued and excited. Remembering the secrecy and negative feelings that surrounded first menstrual periods in my generation, I felt I owed it to my oldest daughter, Tisa, to celebrate this important event. But would she be willing? Or would she be too embarrassed? How would we go about it? We have no experience with rituals and ceremonies as, alas, we are neither a religious nor a very spiritual family. Tisa was only 11 when I mentioned my idea to her, and her first period still seemed... read more

Show Us the Science

By Lisa Reagan Issuse 105, March/April 2001 "Science for Hope and Healing: Challenging the Status Quo," the Second International Public Conference of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), was held September 8 to 10, 2000, in Arlington, Virginia. Thirty distinguished scientists from the US, Canada, and Europe, including immunologists, molecular and cell biologists, epidemiologists, gastroenterologists, pediatric neurologists, microbiologists, and internal medicine specialists, presented and discussed the biological mechanisms and possible high-risk factors for... read more

The First International Public Conference on Vaccination

Issue 86, January/February 1998 The First International Public Conference on Vaccination was held in Alexandria, Virginia, September 13 to 15, 1997. The conference was sponsored by the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), a child-advocacy organization that promotes vaccine safety and informed choice. NVIC also offers support and information to parents whose children have been injured by vaccines. The presenters at the conference included distinguished immunologists, neurologists, gastroenterologists, geneticists, biochemists, and microbiologists, as well as... read more

Baby and You

  Here are two exercises that you and baby will both enjoy. They strengthen the arms and work the abdominal muscles. Lie on your back with your baby on your stomach. Hold the baby under and around the waist and lift her up until your arms are fully extended. Bring baby slowly back down,and greet her with a kiss. Repeat. Lie the baby down on his back on a blanket. Do modified push-ups, placing your palms shoulder-width apart on the floor on either side of your baby’s head, and resting your knees together. Kiss him each time you bend your arms. read more

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