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Huge U.S. Child Health Study Canceled After $1.3 Billion

Source: By Alex Wayne at Bloomberg.com

Dec 15, 2014 8:47 AM PT

The U.S. government canceled one of its most ambitious health research projects, an effort to follow 100,000 children from before birth through adolescence, after spending about $1.3 billion since 2007 without it ever really getting off the ground.

Run by the National Institutes of Health, the study was to collect data on child health and development in the hope of discovering insights into autism and other maladies.

Administrative difficulties and the project’s spiraling costs alarmed NIH Director Francis Collins, who ordered an evaluation of the study after the National Academy of Sciences raised concerns in a June 16 report.

The project was authorized by Congress in 2000 yet never got past a small pilot study to test research methods. The study “as currently designed is not feasible,” Collins said in a Dec. 12 statement on the NIH’s website.

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-12-15/huge-u-s-child-health-study-canceled-after-1-3-billion.html
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon Dec 15, 2014, 03:41 PM (17 replies)

CVT: "We support Senator Feinstein’s call for legislation to ‘enshrine’ the ban into law."

Not my field, but CVT and Feinstein appear to hold views differing from yours.

Incidentally, isn't "The CENTER for VICTIMS of TORTURE" the premier NGO on torture?

http://www.cvt.org/who-we-are/history
http://www.cvt.org/news-events/press-releases
http://www.cvt.org/news-events/in-the-news

http://cvt.org/news-events/press-releases/amnesty-international-leader-next-executive-director-center-victims
http://www.cvt.org/news-events/press-releases/douglas-johnson-leave-his-position-executive-director-center-victims
...CVT’s budget has grown from $212,000 in 1987 to more than $10 million in 2011

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sat Dec 13, 2014, 02:39 PM (0 replies)

FYI & I predict that EVERYONE will draw the line somewhere eventually & acquire the label, even you.

http://www.biotech-now.org/health/2013/09/new-phrma-report-nearly-300-vaccines-currently-in-development

TRACY COOLEY | 09/11/2013
New PhRMA Report: Nearly 300 Vaccines Currently in Development


Today, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America released a report, Medicines in Development: Vaccines – A Report on the Prevention and Treatment of Disease Through Vaccines. The report shows that U.S. biopharma companies are currently developing 271 vaccines to prevent and treat numerous conditions, including infectious diseases and various forms of cancer and neurological disorders.

Vaccines have successfully prevented devastating infectious diseases such as smallpox, measles and polio. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 10 infectious diseases have been at least 90 percent eradicated in the U.S. as a result of vaccines. These innovations and subsequent immunization efforts have protected millions of children and families.

“Biopharmaceutical research companies are working with partners across the ecosystem to apply new scientific approaches to the development of both preventative and therapeutic vaccines,” said PhRMA President and CEO John J. Castellani. “The nearly 300 vaccines in the pipeline provide great hope for protecting and improving public health in the United States and across the globe.”

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Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Dec 11, 2014, 01:08 PM (1 replies)

Thank you very much for the links, but AS isn't the story - autism is. (nt)

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sun Dec 7, 2014, 01:48 PM (2 replies)

Recommended, all. Maybe buy a book or two.

http://www.tedmed.com/speakers/show?id=292941
http://myperfectlyimperfectfamily.wordpress.com

http://www.sharonkingbooks.co.uk/book.htm
http://www.autism.org.uk/news-and-events/news-from-the-nas/nas-young-ambassador-talk-to-air-this-weekend.aspx

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leeds-12984994

Sharon King's family and autism

6 April 2011

BBC VIDEO


Sharon King, from Wakefield, is the mother of three children who all have autistic disorders.

Her exceptional family, in particular her eldest daughter, were the inspiration for a children's book featuring a character with autism.

Mrs King shows how the condition affects each of them in different ways, and hopes it will help raise awareness.

BBC Look North's Shirley Henry reports.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Wed Nov 26, 2014, 01:02 AM (1 replies)

Autism was 1st documented in the medical literature 71 years ago. Tool around the video selectively.

@ 0:54

COVER PHOTO:

The Nervous Child

Quarterly Journal of Psychopathology, Psychotherapy, Mental Hygiene, and Guidance of the Child
Ernest Harms, Editor-in-Chief

Vol II, No 3
April 1943

SPECIAL ISSUE: AFFECTIVE CONTACT DISTURBANCES IN CHILDREN

Contents:

PATHOLOGY:
Autistic Disturbances of Affective Contact... by Leo Kanner... page 217


@ 2:12

"The first child diagnosed with autism was born in 1931. We discovered that her name was Vivian Murdock and that she was born in Baltimore...

Twelve years later in 1943 a psychiatrist at JHU in Baltimore named Leo Kanner wrote a report titled "Autistic Disturbances of Affective Contact" that began with these words, "Since 1938, there have come to our attention a number of children whose condition differs so markedly and uniquely from anything reported so far, that each case merits - and, I hope, will eventually receive - a detailed consideration of its fascinating peculiarities."

Elsewhere he called it "a behavior pattern not known to me or anyone else theretofore." In other words, autism as it came to be known was new and remarkable and hard to miss and no one had ever seen it before. Now in this report Leo Kanner identified 11 children he studied, all of whom were born in the 1930s, although only by first name and last initial. Working together over the past 8 years, we have now been able to uncover the real identity of 8 of these children and their families..."
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon Nov 24, 2014, 03:18 PM (1 replies)

Hardcover ranking remains unchanged.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/new-releases/books/10943/
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sun Nov 23, 2014, 05:02 PM (0 replies)

Author Malcolm Gladwell: Studio 1.0 (11/13) @8:50.

"You have a responsibility as a thinking person to constantly revisit and revise what you believe..."

VIDEO HERE: http://www.bloomberg.com/video/author-malcolm-gladwell-studio-1-0-11-13-0dfIcHZPTdSuXiAyQjh58A.html
OVERVIEW: https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20141113235140-69683898-studio-1-0-malcolm-gladwell-the-literary-provocateur


Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sun Nov 23, 2014, 03:40 PM (1 replies)

MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell: "Autism affects some 70 million people across the globe."



Wrights Discuss Vatican Conference on Andrea Mitchell
Published on Nov 20, 2014

What a staggering statistic. The latest figure I'd heard was from Dr. Tom Insel when he testified during a Congressional hearing last March that at least a million people in the United States are affected by autism, the vast majority under 18.

https://twitter.com/TACAfoundation/status/468790197870542848

TACA ‏@TACAfoundation May 20



Committee on Oversight & Government Reform had an #autism hearing... recording starts at 26 mins.
FULL VIDEO embedded in tweet.

START @ ~01:18:25

"I THINK IT'S REALLY HELPFUL TO PUT ALL OF THIS IN SOME CONTEXT, AND THE REASON WHY I KEEP HARPING ON THIS BEING THE WRONG RABBIT GOING DOWN THE WRONG HOLE IS THAT WHEN YOU COMPARE AUTISM TO AIDS, IT'S REALLY QUITE EXTRAORDINARY.

SO AS YOU SAID, CHAIRMAN MICA, $160M IS BEING SPENT IN 2012, IT'S A LITTLE BIT MORE THAN THAT, BUT THAT'S BASICALLY THE AUTISM FIGURE, AND YOU ALSO, BOTH OF YOU, CITED THE ENORMOUS PUBLIC HEALTH COST AND ECONOMIC COST.

AIDS AFFECTS ABOUT A MILLION PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES. DO YOU WANT TO GUESS WHAT THE AIDS BUDGET IS FOR RESEARCH AT THE NIH?

IT'S 3 BILLION DOLLARS.

WE'RE TALKING ABOUT 160 MILLION DOLLARS FOR A DISORDER (AUTISM) THAT AFFECTS AT LEAST AS MANY CHILDREN AS ARE AFFECTED BY, AS ARE AFFECTED WITH AIDS THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE COUNTRY."

http://www.ageofautism.com/2013/03/dr-tom-insel-on-autism-if-there-is-a-true-increase-if.html

...Then in 2010, Insel spoke for an hour and a half at the National Institutes of Health (link moved). Insel made the stunning statement, "Eighty percent of the people with a diagnosis of autism are under the age of eighteen."

In addition, Insel said, "We have responded to this as if it's a crisis. We see this as an enormous public health challenge. If you look at those numbers, the increase and recognize how many of those kids will become adults, we ...also need to be thinking about how we prepare the nation for a million people who may need significant amounts of services as they are no longer cared for by their parents or as their parents are no longer around."
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sat Nov 22, 2014, 06:18 PM (16 replies)

How Recent Is Autism? Vivian Murdock, oldest child in the first case study on autism, born 9.13.31.

How Recent Is Autism?

So recent that the late great director Mike Nichols, born 11.6.31, was just a few weeks younger than Vivian Murdock, oldest child in the first case study on autism, born 9.13.31. ASSERTION: Autism is man-made.

ASIDE: See post 11 (above) for recent Washington Post link referencing Age of Autism website.

http://www.ageofautism.com/2014/11/age-of-autism-weekly-wrap-.html#more

When Mike Nichols died Thursday, I noticed that he was born in 1931, the same year that autism began (in the person of Vivian Murdock, oldest child in Leo Kanner’s case series from 1943, whom Teresa Conrick, Mark Blaxill and I first identified on AOA – an example, come to think of it, of what financial support helps accomplish).

When I learn about other people born then, it reminds me how recent autism is – within the span of one lifetime, this catastrophe has descended upon us. The reason, we believe, is the first use of ethylmercury in commercial compounds starting then, including in vaccines as thimerosal.

So I wrote a brief note about the coincidence of birth year, as I often do (it’s still up there in the right hand corner). Then, reading his obit in the Times on Friday morning, I came across this: “Young Michael’s sense of being a stranger in a strange land was aggravated by the loss of his hair at age 4, the result of a reaction to an inoculation for whooping cough.” That’s called alopecia. He would have gotten the shot in Germany. That nice head of blond hair, it turns out, was a toupee.

Well, then. A vaccine caused him a severe reaction in 1935 or 1936. I assume that the vaccine – pertussis, later to become the worst part of the deadly and damaging DPT -- contained thimerosal. (Remember, Asperger’s was showing up in neighboring Austria then. Bayer, which used ethylmercury in pesticides, was based there.)

Here’s a counterfactual exercise. What if, instead of musing about bad parenting, Leo Kanner had realized the toxic exposure in autism, just as Mike Nichol’s doctors did in alopecia, and the Age of Autism had been stopped as soon as it started?

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Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.


BEGIN VIDEO @ MINUTE 1:10



How Mercury Triggered The Age Of Autism
Published on May 25, 2013

By Dan Olmsted, Mark Blaxill
Motion Design By Natalie Palumbo
Special Thanks to Teresa Conrick
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sat Nov 22, 2014, 11:56 AM (2 replies)
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