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Compensation for family in autism-vaccine case

 

The family of a 9-year old girl who developed autism after a series of vaccinations have won their case and will receive compensation from a government vaccine fund.

It was revealed last week that the US government had agreed back in November to pay compensation to 9-year old Hannah Poling who they conceded developed 'symptoms of autism' after receiving a series of childhood vaccinations.

Hannah reportedly developed a fever after receiving scheduled vaccinations for haemophilus influenzae, chickenpox, polio, MMR, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus and polio, in 2000 when she was 18 months old. Investigations revealed encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) and autism-like symptoms such as poor communication skills soon followed. She was diagnosed with autism in 2001.

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Mothers antibodies could trigger autism

 

Researchers have found that mothers of some autistic children may have made antibodies against their fetuses' brain tissue during pregnancy.

Autism is an extremely complex condition and one that is still poorly understood. It has been estimated that the cause of the condition in over 90% of cases is unknown. It is now widely thought to stem from interactions between genetics, the immune system, and environmental triggers.

New research suggests that antibodies produced by a mother's immune system that target her developing baby's brain tissue can be now be added to the list of potential triggers for the developmental disorder which now affects around 1 in 150 children.

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Thimerosal not linked to autism new study concludes

 

A new study reveals that thimerosal is cleared from children's bodies at least ten times faster than was previously thought.

The mercury containing preservative thimerosal was removed from childhood vaccines after fears that it played a role in the development of autism. Autism prevalence studies since have shown mixed results with some reporting a decrease in new autism cases after the removal of thimerosal and others showing no change from the previous upward trend.

Now a new study has looked at what happens to thimerosal in the bodies of infants and found that levels in the blood do not get as high as expected and the mercury is also cleared much faster than previously thought.

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Autism linked to hyperactive immune system

 

A new study has found a group of genes which control vital immune cells are more active in children with autism, providing more evidence of immune system involvement in the disorder.

Researchers from the University of California Davis discovered 11 genes, which are all involved in the control of 'natural killer' immune cells, that are more active in autistic children than in healthy youngsters.

Natural killer cells are part of the body's first line of defence against attack from pathogens such as bacteria and viruses, as well as tumour cells.

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Thimerosal not major cause of autism rise study says

 

A study of autism rates in California suggests that cases continue to rise despite the removal of the mercury containing vaccine from childhood vaccinations.

Researchers from the California state Department of Public Health looked at recorded cases of autism between 1995 and 2007. They found that autism rates rose steadily over this 12 year period.

Some researchers and many parents believed that the mecury containing preservative thimerosal, which was routinely added to childhood vaccinations, was playing a role in the increasing number of cases of the condition. As pressure from parents, advocacy groups, and some doctors mounted, thimerosal stopped being added to childhood vaccines in 2001.

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