Health and Medical News and Resources

General interest items edited by Janice Flahiff

[News Article] Large New Study Confirms That Childhood Vaccines Are Perfectly Safe

Large New Study Confirms That Childhood Vaccines Are Perfectly Safe | ThinkProgress.

From the 1 July 2014 Think Progress article

BY TARA CULP-RESSLER

vaccine

CREDIT: SHUTTERSTOCK

The vaccines that children receive when they’re young are quite safe, and the vast majority of them don’t lead to serious side effects, according to asweeping new review of 67 recent scientific studies on childhood vaccinations. The analysis, published on Tuesday in the journal Pediatrics, also found no link between vaccines and autism — effectively debunking a common myth that dissuades some parents from inoculating their children.

The new report is specifically intended to ease parents’ concerns about vaccines, as persistent misconceptions about vaccination have recently spurred a rise in infectious diseases. In order to reassure people who may be worried that their kids’ shots aren’t safe, the federal governmentcommissioned the RAND Corporation to review everything that scientists know about the 11 vaccines recommended for children under the age of six.

Like any medical intervention, vaccines are not without their potential risks. In some rare cases, certain shots can increase kids’ risk of fevers, seizures, and gastrointestinal problems. But the RAND researchers found that those adverse reactions are incredibly unlikely.

……

 

Advertisements

July 8, 2014 - Posted by | health care | , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. what about the objection raised in the book Reducing Autism Poisoning Impacts written by Adeerus Ghayan. He presents a case-study proposing the argument that vaccines in combination with processed foods including sweets cause many of the autistic traits in children. And if they are stopped altogether autistic children start getting better.

    Comment by Robert | July 9, 2014 | Reply

    • Have not seen any reviews on this book.
      On a similar note, came across studies (via PubMed … http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/) about the relationship between diet and autistic disorders.
      Mixed bag….

      This is the search I used….”Autistic Disorder/diet therapy”[Majr]. Used the “Review” filter. w

      Clin Ther. 2013 May;35(5):578-83. doi: 10.1016/j.clinthera.2013.04.011.
      The relationship of autism and gluten.
      Buie T.
      Author information

      Abstract
      BACKGROUND:
      Autism is now a common condition with a prevalence of 1 in 88 children. There is no known etiology. Speculation about possible treatments for autism or autism spectrum disorders (ASD) has included the use of various dietary interventions, including a gluten-free diet.
      OBJECTIVE:
      The goal of this article was to review the literature available evaluating the use of gluten-free diets in patients with autism to determine if diet should be instituted as a treatment.
      METHODS:
      A literature review was performed, identifying previously published studies in which a gluten-free diet was instituted as an autism treatment. These studies were not limited to randomized controlled trials because only 1 article was available that used a double-blind crossover design. Most publish reports were unblinded, observational studies.
      RESULTS:
      In the only double-blind, crossover study, no benefit of a gluten-free diet was identified. Several other studies did report benefit from gluten-free diet. Controlling for observer bias and what may have represented unrelated progress over time in these studies is not possible. There are many barriers to evaluating treatment benefits for patients with autism. Gluten sensitivity may present in a variety of ways, including gastrointestinal and neurologic symptoms. Although making a diagnosis of celiac disease is easier with new serology and genetic testing, a large number of gluten-sensitive patients do not have celiac disease. Testing to confirm non-celiac gluten sensitivity is not available.
      CONCLUSIONS:
      A variety of symptoms may be present with gluten sensitivity. Currently, there is insufficient evidence to support instituting a gluten-free diet as a treatment for autism. There may be a subgroup of patients who might benefit from a gluten-free diet, but the symptom or testing profile of these candidates remains unclear.
      Copyright © 2013 Elsevier HS Journals, Inc. All rights reserved.
      PMID: 23688532 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
      —–
      J Child Neurol. 2013 Aug;28(8):975-82. doi: 10.1177/0883073813488668. Epub 2013 May 10.
      Autism and dietary therapy: case report and review of the literature.
      Herbert MR1, Buckley JA.
      Author information

      Abstract
      We report the history of a child with autism and epilepsy who, after limited response to other interventions following her regression into autism, was placed on a gluten-free, casein-free diet, after which she showed marked improvement in autistic and medical symptoms. Subsequently, following pubertal onset of seizures and after failing to achieve full seizure control pharmacologically she was advanced to a ketogenic diet that was customized to continue the gluten-free, casein-free regimen. On this diet, while still continuing on anticonvulsants, she showed significant improvement in seizure activity. This gluten-free casein-free ketogenic diet used medium-chain triglycerides rather than butter and cream as its primary source of fat. Medium-chain triglycerides are known to be highly ketogenic, and this allowed the use of a lower ratio (1.5:1) leaving more calories available for consumption of vegetables with their associated health benefits. Secondary benefits included resolution of morbid obesity and improvement of cognitive and behavioral features. Over the course of several years following her initial diagnosis, the child’s Childhood Autism Rating Scale score decreased from 49 to 17, representing a change from severe autism to nonautistic, and her intelligence quotient increased 70 points. The initial electroencephalogram after seizure onset showed lengthy 3 Hz spike-wave activity; 14 months after the initiation of the diet the child was essentially seizure free and the electroencephalogram showed only occasional 1-1.5 second spike-wave activity without clinical accompaniments.
      KEYWORDS:
      autism; dietary therapy; ketogenic diet

      PMID: 23666039 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

      Ann Clin Psychiatry. 2009 Oct-Dec;21(4):237-47.
      A review of dietary interventions in autism.
      Srinivasan P.
      Author information

      Abstract
      BACKGROUND:
      Anecdotal reports and parent surveys have shown evidence that dietary interventions have had some success in ameliorating the symptoms of autism.
      METHODS:
      In this paper, key findings that prompt a dietary intervention strategy are reviewed and popular intervention diets are described.
      RESULTS:
      There is a significant body of literature pertinent to dietary interventions in autism from the perspectives of gastroenterology, immunology, and excitotoxicity. Some articles report benefits to patients on standardized rating scales.
      CONCLUSIONS:
      This article presents a survey of the literature related to dietary interventions studied in the context of autism as well as various hypotheses on the rationale for dietary interventions. Patients or caregivers increasingly are attempting such interventions. Further studies are needed to establish the efficacy of these diets, the patients who would best benefit from diets, the mechanism of action, and the role of diets in addition to other treatments.

      Comment by Janice Flahiff | July 9, 2014 | Reply

      • I read the book a couple of days ago. It talks about a Pakistani boy. May be the diet therapy has some link with genetic sub-type in Pakistan. When scientists conduct their studies they do not mention the race of their subjects. To be truly objective in the study scientists should mention children’s racial background. What if there is some genetic disposition in Pakistan which makes the autistic children recover on fresh foods. But then, this will mean that one size fit all vaccines are not “one size fit all”. Something which us Pakistani parents have been crying about for years. And not just MMR as cried about over the internet, all vaccines have effects on our children (more than 50%). Some even stop recognizing their parents for a month or so. My maid’s four year old stopped talking after forcefully being given the polio vaccine (courtesy of Europe and West). Its the second month and she is still not talking. But its not the vaccines, because they must have tested them for years on European children. And anything good enough for Europeans has to be good enough for us Asians.

        Comment by Shamshad Khan | July 15, 2014

      • Interesting. Not sure about the genetic sub-type correlation. First I’ve ever heard. Thank you for posting.I will definitely be on the lookout for studies addressing these issues.

        Comment by Janice Flahiff | July 15, 2014


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: