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Anti-Vaxxers Fund Study That Finds Zero Link Between Vaccinations And Autism

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Anti-Vaxxers Fund Study That Finds Zero Link Between Vaccinations And Autism

October 6, 2015 | by Josh L Davis

Photo credit: It has been shown time and again that there is no link between vaccines and autism in children. Sura Nualpradid/Shutterstock
 

The overwhelming majority of scientists agree: Vaccinations do not cause autism. Study after study has shown this, and even the original research used to peddle this myth was eventually retracted due to falsified data. But this hasn’t stopped many anti-vaccination groups from still trying to create data that says otherwise, often by commissioning studies that they hope will support their ideologies.

But for one group at least, this method of funding scientific studies to prove their point seems to have backfired. A six-year study looking into the effect that vaccinations have on the neurological development and social behavior of rhesus macaque infants, funded in part by the anti-vaccination and autism advocacy group SafeMinds, concluded that there was no evidence at all for such a link.

That didn’t stop the group from claiming the results didn’t change things. In a statement, they say that they had “concerns about changes in the study design protocol and analysis that may have led to these contradictory results.” The contradiction they are referring to is the fact that they were previously given preliminary results from a smaller trial, which purported to back up their position, before the study was expanded to include more subjects and underwent more rigorous standards that eventually found zero evidence.

The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, involved 79 infant monkeys in six groups. Two groups were given thimerosal-containing vaccines. Thimerosal is an antiseptic and antifungal agent that was frequently used in vaccinations until it was removed in the U.S from vaccines given to children in the 90s, and is frequently cited by anti-vaxxers as a cause for autism. The next two groups were given the MMR vaccine (also claimed to cause autism) without thimerosal, and the final two were given saline injections as a control.

The scientists then studied the behavior of the macaques as they interacted in social situations, looking for “autistic-like” behaviors. They found nothing. Some people diagnosed with autism have been observed to have smaller hippocampal cells and lower numbers of cells in the amygdala. After euthanizing the monkeys, the scientists conducted post-mortems on the animals’ brains, looking for these changes. They found no differences between the groups, stating that: “Our data do not support a role for thimerosal-containing vaccines in the neuropathology of autism spectrum disorder.”

Despite the researchers saying they gave their data to an independent statistical consultant, SafeMinds still want to see a reanalysis of the data. “We feel that embedded within these data sets there are animals that have potentially an adverse reaction to this vaccine schedule that would mirror what happens in human infants,” SafeMinds President Sallie Bernard told Newsweek. It seems that when you pay for the research yourself, the results can be harder to swallow.

[H/T: Newsweek]

http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/anti-vaxxers-fund-study-finds-zero-link-between-vaccinations-and-autism

 
Posted by Anonymous on Oct. 8, 2015 at 9:10 AM
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by Anonymous 2 on Oct. 8, 2015 at 9:12 AM

yes because studying 79 monkeys and NOT giving them what an American baby gets starting at 2mos old is REAL accurate...eyeroll....sorry, that doesn't cut it for MILLIONS of infants in the USA

Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Oct. 8, 2015 at 9:13 AM

Studies have shown time and again smoking is good for you and didn't cause cancer, either...and in fact, was endorsed by drs for 'good health'

Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Oct. 8, 2015 at 9:15 AM

79 monkeys vs the hundreds of thousands, or even millions of parents who have witnessed their healthy, vibrant baby regress after vaccination. The establishment can try and debunk this all they like with their NLP articles and rhetoric, but it isn't going to change what parents have witnessed with their own eyes. Telling them they are delusional makes the establishment look like liars, which of course they are.

fallenangel_353
by Ruby Member on Oct. 8, 2015 at 9:15 AM
When I didn't vax, it wasn't because of autism. Everyone that I know that doesn't vax does not believe that vaccines cause autism.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Oct. 8, 2015 at 9:15 AM
Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Oct. 8, 2015 at 9:16 AM
Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Oct. 8, 2015 at 9:17 AM

I think there is some playing fast and loose with the word "proves" in the thread titles. The study did not prove "no link between vaccines and autism" 

The study used 79 macaques, broken into specific subgroups (often n= 12) and then administered each subgroup a particular set of vaccines (for example, vaccines containing thimerosal). It then measured social behaviors over a 6month period, and looked at specific brain cells in a postmortem study.

A correct title could be 

"very limited evidence, due to study size, shows no link between vaccines and autism when a) studying behavior over a 6 month period and b) looking at cells in brain autopsies in macaques"

Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Oct. 8, 2015 at 9:17 AM
Same here, everyone I know who does not VAX does not believe vaccines cause autism.

Quoting fallenangel_353: When I didn't vax, it wasn't because of autism. Everyone that I know that doesn't vax does not believe that vaccines cause autism.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Oct. 8, 2015 at 9:17 AM
Why do you think SafeMinds funded a study with the goal of disproving a link?



Lyn Redwood responds

http://www.safeminds.org/blog/2015/1...t-wrong-again/


Why Aren’t I Surprised that the Media Got it Wrong AGAIN?

Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Oct. 8, 2015 at 9:18 AM

I keep noticing everybody mentions 79 monkeys, but in reality it's only 12 monkeys who were given a full vaccination dosage as required from 2008, I believe. 12 were given vaccines as was the case in 1990, 12 vaccines without timerosal, 12 only MMR, and so on, so if one in 50 or 60 children is autistic, how could they establish that number based on 12 monkeys?!

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