No link between MMR and autism, major study concludes | Society | The Guardian

Satisfied yet? Can we PLEASE move on now?

A major study published in one of the world’s leading medical journals has concluded that there is no link between the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccination and autism in children.

The findings from the study of a cohort of around 95,000 children will not surprise most scientists, who have been reassuring parents of the jab’s safety for 17 years, since the publication of now discredited research by the gastroenterologist Andrew Wakefield.

via No link between MMR and autism, major study concludes | Society | The Guardian.

Parenting Roundabout Podcast: Varsity Letters and Good Intentions

Remember the story that was going around Facebook about a young athlete with special needs whose mom bought him a varsity letter jacket and whose school made him stop wearing it? Amanda had a chat with Charlie Zegers, who writes about sports and also about parenting kids on the autism spectrum, on whether buying a kid a letter to honor participation on a non-varsity team is something parents ought to be doing, however well-meaning and understandable such an effort may be.

via Parenting Roundabout: Round 3: Varsity Letters and Good Intentions.

Wrong Rachel Canning, guys…

Well done, Ms. Canning.

A college student from Florida is making headlines for turning a negative situation into a positive. Rachel Canning, a 22-year-old student at the University of South Florida, has been receiving negative feedback on her social media accounts after being mistaken for different Rachel Canning, a teenager from New Jersey who has been in the news after suing her parents for child support and college payments.

After a suggestion from a commenter on Facebook, Rachel decided to use all her web traffic to help promote autism awareness and raise money for her local Walk Now For Autism Speaks team. Rachel has a 19-year-old brother on the spectrum and holds the Walks dear to her heart.

via This Rachel Canning Turns Negative Situation Into A Positive To Help Autism Speaks | News | Autism Speaks.

Six myths about vaccination – and why they’re wrong

The myth that vaccines are somehow linked to autism is an unsinkable rubber duck. Initiated in 1998 following the publication of the now notorious Lancet paper, not-a-Dr Andrew Wakefield was the first to suggest that the measles mumps rubella MMR vaccine might be linked to autism.What he didn’t reveal was that he had multiple conflicts of interest including that he was being paid by lawyers assembling a class action against the manufacturers of MMR, and that he himself had submitted an application for a patent for a single measles vaccine.

via Six myths about vaccination – and why they’re wrong.

Jenny McCarthy, Anti-Vaccination Movement to Blame for Whooping Cough

Maybe… just maybe… ex-Playboy Playmates aren’t the ideal source for medical information.

There’s a reason that we associate the whooping cough with the Dickensian: It is. The illness has, since the introduction of a pertussis vaccine in 1940, has been conquered in the developed world. For two or three generations, we’ve come to think of it as an ailment suffered in sub-Saharan Africa or in Brontë novels. And for two or three generations, it was.

Until, that is, the anti-vaccination movement really got going in the last few years. Led by discredited doctors and, incredibly, a former Playmate, the movement has frightened new parents with claptrap about autism, Alzheimer’s, aluminum, and formaldehyde. The movement that was once a fringe freak show has become a menace, with foot soldiers whose main weapon is their self-righteousness. For them, vaccinating their children is merely a consumer choice, like joining an organic food co-op or sending their kids to a Montessori school or drinking coconut water.

via Jenny McCarthy, Anti-Vaccination Movement to Blame for Whooping Cough | New Republic.

Stranger in Awe of Single Mom’s Parenting Pays for Her Family’s Meal

It’s not easy being a single mother, let alone a single mother going through a messy divorce while trying to take care of four-year-old daughter with bullying tendencies, a six-year-old son with Asperger’s and ADHD, and a college student who was forced to take a year off from school.

Yet, somehow, one Raleigh mom manages to stick to the family’s tradition of going out to a different restaurant every Friday night.

via Stranger in Awe of Single Mom’s Parenting Pays for Her Family’s Meal.

U.S. measles cases in 2013 may be most in 17 years –

This year is on track to be the worst for measles in more than a decade, according to new numbers released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And people who refuse to vaccinate their children are behind the increasing number of outbreaks, health officials say.

via U.S. measles cases in 2013 may be most in 17 years –

Sequester Hits Special Education

Are you seeing the effects of Federal education cuts in your district this year?

Across the country, advocates for children with disabilities are grappling with the impact of sequestration, the automatic budget cuts that kicked in when Congress failed to reach an agreement to reduce the federal budget. Although the cuts took effect March 1, the impact did not reach schools until the start of the current school year because of the way many education programs are funded.

via Sequester Hits Special Education | State-by-State – NCLD.