US court rejects vaccines-autism link

first_imgFeb 12, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – In a ruling that aligns with numerous research studies, a special federal court today rejected claims by three sets of parents that vaccines caused their children’s autism.The US Court of Federal Claims ruled against claims that autism was triggered by measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine or by MMR vaccine in combination with vaccines containing thimerosal.”After careful consideration of all the evidence, it was abundantly clear that petitioners’ theories of causation were speculative and unpersuasive,” wrote the special master (judge) in one of the three decisions.The Court of Claims weighs complaints brought by citizens under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, a federal no-fault program set up in 1986 to reduce the number of lawsuits against physicians and vaccine makers. As of May 2008, more than 12,800 cases had been filed under the program, 5,365 of those related to autism. Since 1988, the program has paid out more than $859 million to a total of 956 claimants, according to Court of Claims documents.According to court documents, today’s decisions came in three test cases based on one of three “causation theories” proposed by parents of children with autism: that MMR vaccines and thimerosal-containing vaccines can combine to cause autism. Thimerosal is a mercury-containing compound that is used as a preservative in some vaccines, including some influenza vaccines. Hearings in the three cases were held in 2007.Federal officials and public health and medical groups welcomed today’s rulings, while saying that the search for the cause of autism must continue.”Hopefully, the determination by the Special Masters will help reassure parents that vaccines do not cause autism,” the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said in a statement.The statement said HHS “continues to support research to better understand the cause of autistic disorders and develop more effective methods of treatment.”Dr. Paul E. Jarris, executive director of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, said in an e-mailed statement, “We are glad to see that the Court upheld the strong science supporting the safety of vaccines. Unfortunately, we still do not understand the true causes of autism. Parents of children with autism are struggling to find answers and provide their children with adequate care. We urge researchers to redouble their efforts to find a cause and a cure.”The American Medical Association also hailed the rulings, stating: “Autism is a heart-wrenching condition, and the upheaval felt by parents whose children suffer with autism is understandable—as is their search for answers. We need ongoing research into the causes of autism, but cannot let unfounded myths keep us from giving our children the proven protection they need against infectious diseases.”But SafeMinds, an autism advocacy group, criticized the decision, saying the deck is stacked against claimants because HHS funds vaccine safety research and is the defendant in vaccine injury cases.The group commented, “The denial of reasonable compensation to families was based on inadequate vaccine safety science available to the court. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the defendant in vaccine injury cases and is also responsible for carrying out the very vaccine safety research that should be integral to court decisions. This conflict of interest means the deck is stacked against families when they enter ‘vaccine court’ and is yet one more reason for parents to doubt the integrity of the National Immunization Program.”One of the three families involved in the cases decided today claimed that vaccines containing thimerosal can cause immune dysfunction and that MMR vaccine can cause both autism and gastrointestinal dysfunction, according to the decision document. But Special Master George Hastings wrote that the “evidence was overwhelmingly contrary to the petitioners’ contentions.”In another case, parents argued that a combination of thimerosal-containing vaccines and the measles component of the MMR vaccine caused their son to suffer a “pervasive developmental disorder,” similar to autism spectrum disorder. Special Master Denise Vowell wrote that the evidence presented was “voluminous and extraordinarily complex”—but unpersuasive.See also: Autism decision documents Court of Claims autism proceeding page of Claims backgrounder on autism proceedings 12 HHS news release read more

Ebsford Awarded Environmental Remediation Contract

first_imgEbsford Environmental has been appointed as remediation specialists to work with the Coal Authority and Environment Agency on a project to improve up to 60km of rivers in the North Pennines.Partnering with civil engineering firm JN Bentley, Ebsford will support the firm in developing and executing a safe and environmentally sensitive plan of removing sediment contaminated by metals such as lead, cadmium and zinc left behind from historic lead mining operations upstream.During a four-week period, Ebsford will deploy specialist equipment to safely remove hundreds of tonnes of sediment that has collected behind a series of sediment traps in the River Nent, at Nenthead, Cumbria.The traps were installed by Cumbria County Council around 20 years ago. Removing the sediment will help to improve the water quality in the Rivers Nent and South Tyne for local wildlife and minimize downstream movement of sediment to the Tyne estuary.The environmental impact of this government project, which is jointly funded by Defra and the North East Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Growth Fund, has been carefully considered.To minimize adverse effects from the works, and rapid changes in water levels due to flash floods, Ebsford will temporarily dam and over-pump two stretches of the river to reduce the risk of sediment being washed downstream during removal.last_img read more

Can marriage reduce poverty?

first_imgDeseret News 29 Sep 2012Since the 1960s, there has been a dramatic decline in marriages among this group of Americans, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s newly released 2011 Population Survey.Only 70 to 75 percent of African-American women can expect to get married in their lifetime, compared to 91 percent of white women, according to research by Andrew Cherlin, professor of sociology and public policy at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.One of the most commonly cited reasons for delaying marriage by women in this group is they just can’t afford it. This has led some experts to argue that declining marriages are a result of poverty. But according to Bryan Caplan, professor of economics at George Mason University, low-income couples would be better off if they just got married. Poverty isn’t the cause of declining marriage, he claims, it is the effect of forgoing matrimony. read more

2 Wilmington refineries hit by outage work on full return

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityPreliminary results from a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power investigation found that power was cut early Wednesday to two high-voltage cables that feed the Harbor Area, DWP spokeswoman Darlene Battle said. Battle said workers were attempting to temporarily switch power sources to do some form of maintenance when the outage occurred. “They were de-energizing the Wilmington receiving station, which was feeding the harbor receiving station,” Battle said. “Something happened which caused the harbor station to lose power.” Electricity was restored to most residents and businesses within five minutes, she said, but outages at the refineries lasted longer: more than an hour at the Valero plant and 19 minutes at ConocoPhillips. Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn, who represents the Harbor Area, said Friday that she will request a copy of the investigative report from the DWP. By Sandy Mazza STAFF WRITER On the third day that a power outage halted production at two Wilmington oil refineries, workers Friday continued the slow process of resuming the flow of crude oil. Officials said they expect to return to full production by Monday. “My brother’s power was out,” said Hahn, referring to former L.A. Mayor James Hahn. “My mother’s power was out, and my power was out. We all live in different areas of San Pedro. This was a big outage that affected homes, businesses and the refineries. “I want to know what went wrong and how we can prevent it in the future.” A plume of metallic dust escaped from a ConocoPhillips stack Thursday as workers tried to restart the fluid cracking catalyst unit. The metallic dust cloud posed no health threat, but the unit was immediately shut down again. Inspectors from South Coast Air Quality Management District oversaw the safe startup of that unit Friday. Officials at the Valero refinery said they expect to resume normal production today. “We’re losing about three to four days of production,” Valero spokesman Steve Faichney said. “Even if we’re back up online Saturday, it still takes 12 to 24 hours to be back online to be making full-spec material.” sandy.mazza@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Prepared by CARP Romania We organized the weekly H

first_imgPrepared by CARP RomaniaWe organized the weekly HoonDokHae meeting in our Peace Center in Bucharest on March 3rd, 2017. This week we watched the movie “Have a little faith” which is based on the book with the same name written by Mitch Albom. The movie and the book presents how the author got back in touch with his faith. On this journey, he is helped by his Rabi form childhood and a former drugs dealer that found God and became a Christian pastor.“This is a story about believing in something and the two very different men who taught me how. It took a long time to write. It took me to churches and synagogues, to the suburbs and the city, to the “us” versus “them” that divides faith around the world. And finally, it took me home, to a sanctuary filled with people, to a casket made of pine, to a pulpit that was empty.” – Mitch AlbomAfter the movie, we sit together and everybody said what was his favorite part of the movie or answered to the question “what is your glory?”, a question that appeared in movie and refers to what is valuable in your life. Many people liked from the movie that people from different faiths (Jewish and Christian, in this case) could work together. Also, many of our gest said for them is important to try to do their best and family is an important aspect of their life.We hope that our guest got inspired from this movie and they will search more and will be more open to the relationship with Heavenly Parent.Thank you so much Heavenly Parent and True Parents!last_img read more