Alert the media (and Jenny McCarthy), here’s another study showing that mercury-based preservatives in vaccines aren’t responsible for autism. The study published in this month’s Archives of General Psychiatry found that despite removal of thimerosal the prevalence of autism was unchanged between 1995 and 2007. Hopefully this will close the door on the Big Pharma witch hunt of the 20th century that undermined both the healthy and the afflicted.
And on the subject of autism, a study recently published in the journal Pediatrics found that children with autism spectrum disorder tend to be less irritable when febrile. Interesting stuff. The study is unable to answer why this is the case although in their discussion the authors offer a number of potential mechanisms for the observed behavior. Temperature related changes in nerve conduction and the neurological effects of fever associated compounds in the body topped the list.
While not a deal breaker, it’s studies such as these that offer small, incremental additions to the puzzle that’s autism.