July 1, 2014

And Again, No Link to Autism

1 Mega-Study Says Vaccines Not Harmful

Researchers at Rand and Boston Children's Hospital have driven another stake into the heart of the "vaccines are dangerous" bogeyman. A meta-analysis of 67 individual vaccination studies found that complications due to vaccinations among children are "extremely rare," with, for example, the side-effect of intestinal blockage resulting from the vaccine against rotavirus occurring only one to five times per 100,000 doses. And with regard to any linkage of vaccination and autism, the report concludes that there is "strong evidence" to just the contrary: that there is no association whatsoever. The report appears in today's issue of Pediatrics, even as a falloff in the rate of childhood vaccinations is being linked with spiking rates of measles and other preventable diseases.

More at Usatoday.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Vaccinating Kids Helps All of Us

Tags: Childhood Vaccines, Vaccination and Autism, Vaccinations, Side-Effects of Vaccines, Vaccinations Declared Safe

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They're Unnecessary, Say Some

2 Docs Rethink Annual Pelvic Exams

Annual pelvic exams are unnecessary for non-pregnant, healthy women according to a new clinical practice guideline by The American College of Physicians which found no evidence that screening pelvic exams reduce rates of illness and death in asymptomatic women. This fuels a growing movement to evaluate whether some common medical practices are performed out of habit rather than necessity. The controversial recommendation isn’t binding to doctors many of whom may have a different opinion. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends yearly pelvic exams while acknowledging a lack of evidence to support them. The American College of Physicians said women should get their regularly-scheduled Pap smears, which do not require a manual physical exam.

More at Abcnews.com | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Pelvic Exams Not Necessary for Birth Control Pills

Tags: Pap Smear, Pelvic Exam, The American College of Physicians, American College of Physicians, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Routine Pelvic Exams

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