Infant Vaccines Produce Autism Symptoms in New Primate Study by University of Pittsburgh Scientists

Routine Safety Study That Government Scientists Refused To Do

Illustrates Vaccine Program And Mercury Health Risks Says SafeMinds







May 19, 2008, 01:00 ET from SafeMinds

    ATLANTA, May 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Findings released Friday
 showed that infant monkeys given vaccines officially recommended by the CDC
 and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) exhibited autism-like
 symptoms. Lead investigator Laura Hewitson of the University of Pittsburgh
 and colleagues presented study results at the International Meeting for
 Autism Research (IMFAR) in London. Safety studies of medicines are
 typically conducted in monkeys prior to use in humans, yet such basic
 research on the current childhood vaccination regimen has never before been
 done.
 
     The abstracts presented at IMFAR, the world's top autism science
 conference, describe biological changes and altered behavior in vaccinated
 macaques that are similar to those observed in children with autism.
 Unvaccinated animals showed no such adverse outcomes. The vaccines given
 were those recommended for U.S. infants in the 1990s, including several
 with the mercury preservative thimerosal and the Measles-Mumps-Rubella
 vaccine. Rates of autism spectrum disorder among children born in the 1990s
 surged dramatically, from about 1 in 5,000 to 1 in 150 children.
 
     "This research underscores the critical need for more investigation
 into immunizations, mercury, and the alterations seen in autistic
 children," stated Lyn Redwood, director of SafeMinds. "SafeMinds calls for
 large scale, unbiased studies that look at medical conditions associated
 with autism and the effects of vaccines given as a regimen."
 
     The group's request for research echoes that of Dr. Bernadine Healy,
 Former NIH Director, in a CBS interview earlier this week. She asserted
 that public health officials have been too quick to dismiss an
 autism-vaccine connection when the research has been insufficient. The
 government recently conceded a federal vaccine court case which agreed that
 a child regressed into autism as a result of 9 vaccines given on one day.
 
     "The full implications of this primate study await publication of the
 research in a scientific journal," noted Theresa Wrangham, president of
 SafeMinds. "But we can say that it demonstrates how the CDC evaded their
 responsibility to investigate vaccine safety questions. Vaccine safety
 oversight should be removed from the CDC and given to an independent
 agency."
 
     More information about SafeMinds (including neurodevelopmental
 disorders, autism and mercury exposure) may be found at www.safeminds.org
 
     CONTACT: Lyn Redwood
 
     404/932-1786
 
     Theresa Wrangham
 
     404/934-0777
 
 
 

SOURCE SafeMinds
    ATLANTA, May 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Findings released Friday
 showed that infant monkeys given vaccines officially recommended by the CDC
 and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) exhibited autism-like
 symptoms. Lead investigator Laura Hewitson of the University of Pittsburgh
 and colleagues presented study results at the International Meeting for
 Autism Research (IMFAR) in London. Safety studies of medicines are
 typically conducted in monkeys prior to use in humans, yet such basic
 research on the current childhood vaccination regimen has never before been
 done.
 
     The abstracts presented at IMFAR, the world's top autism science
 conference, describe biological changes and altered behavior in vaccinated
 macaques that are similar to those observed in children with autism.
 Unvaccinated animals showed no such adverse outcomes. The vaccines given
 were those recommended for U.S. infants in the 1990s, including several
 with the mercury preservative thimerosal and the Measles-Mumps-Rubella
 vaccine. Rates of autism spectrum disorder among children born in the 1990s
 surged dramatically, from about 1 in 5,000 to 1 in 150 children.
 
     "This research underscores the critical need for more investigation
 into immunizations, mercury, and the alterations seen in autistic
 children," stated Lyn Redwood, director of SafeMinds. "SafeMinds calls for
 large scale, unbiased studies that look at medical conditions associated
 with autism and the effects of vaccines given as a regimen."
 
     The group's request for research echoes that of Dr. Bernadine Healy,
 Former NIH Director, in a CBS interview earlier this week. She asserted
 that public health officials have been too quick to dismiss an
 autism-vaccine connection when the research has been insufficient. The
 government recently conceded a federal vaccine court case which agreed that
 a child regressed into autism as a result of 9 vaccines given on one day.
 
     "The full implications of this primate study await publication of the
 research in a scientific journal," noted Theresa Wrangham, president of
 SafeMinds. "But we can say that it demonstrates how the CDC evaded their
 responsibility to investigate vaccine safety questions. Vaccine safety
 oversight should be removed from the CDC and given to an independent
 agency."
 
     More information about SafeMinds (including neurodevelopmental
 disorders, autism and mercury exposure) may be found at www.safeminds.org
 
     CONTACT: Lyn Redwood
 
     404/932-1786
 
     Theresa Wrangham
 
     404/934-0777
 
 
 SOURCE SafeMinds