Thimerosal in Vaccines and Autism

It’s not the vaccines that appear to be one cause of neurological disorders but Thimerosal

Growing numbers of Americans are refusing to vaccinate their children because they think vaccines are causing autism. But it’s not the vaccines that appear to be one cause of neurological disorders, it’s something else. Now, a senior CDC vaccine safety scientist has invoked the protection of the Federal Whistleblower Statute, and is claiming that the CDC knew that thimerosal was unsafe, but pressured him to publish studies claiming otherwise.

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Thimerosal in Vaccines and Autism

It’s not the vaccines that appear to be one cause of neurological disorders but Thimerosal

Growing numbers of Americans are refusing to vaccinate their children because they think vaccines are causing autism. But it’s not the vaccines that appear to be one cause of neurological disorders, it’s something else. Now, a senior CDC vaccine safety scientist has invoked the protection of the Federal Whistleblower Statute, and is claiming that the CDC knew that thimerosal was unsafe, but pressured him to publish studies claiming otherwise.

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Antimicrobial Resistance infographic

How antibiotic resistance happens and spreads

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Antimicrobial resistance is one of our most serious health threats.
Sources and more information
  • ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE THREATS IN THE UNITED STATES, 2013, cdc, PDF.
  • The FDA Just Released Scary New Data on Antibiotics And Farms, motherjones, Apr. 14, 2015.
  • All our posts tagged antibiotics.
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What are we doing to our children’s brains?

It is very clear we have to set up a different system to better protect the brains of the future

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Environmental chemicals are wreaking havoc to last a lifetime says @lizzieg1 . Image by Rasmus Fritzon.

The numbers are startling. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1.8 million more children in the U.S. were diagnosed with developmental disabilities between 2006 and 2008 than a decade earlier. During this time, the prevalence of autism climbed nearly 300 percent, while that of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder increased 33 percent. CDC figures also show that 10 to 15 percent of all babies born in the U.S. have some type of neurobehavorial development disorder. Still more are affected by neurological disorders that don’t rise to the level of clinical diagnosis. “

  • Chemicals and the Brain
  • Precise Choreography
  • Something in the Air
  • Widespread Exposure
  • The Stress Factor
  • What to Do?

Read: What are we doing to our childrens brains,
by Elizabeth Grossman, on ensia, February 16, 2015.
and from the same author: Banned in Europe, safe in the U.S., ensia., June 9, 2014.

More references
  • Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Children: National Health Interview Survey, 2009, cdc.
  • Children’s Exposure to Mercury Compounds, who, 2010.
  • National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals, cdc, 2009 and 2015.

Preventing Cervical Cancer Infographic

Prevent Cervical Cancer with the Right Test at the Right Time

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Prevent Cervical Cancer with the Right Test at the Right Time.
Watch @DES_Journal diaporama and infographics album on Flickr. Image via @CDC_Cancer.

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400% Increase in Death from #DrugOverdoses in Women…

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Each Day, 46 People die from an Overdose of Prescription Painkillers in the US

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Where You Live Makes a Difference

Prescription Painkiller Overdoses in the US 2014
Use prescription painkillers only as directed by a health care provider – Get help for substance abuse problems if needed (1-800-662-HELP) – @CDC_eHealth

Health issues that cause people pain don’t vary much from place to place—not enough to explain why, in 2012, health care providers in the highest-prescribing state wrote almost 3 times as many opioid painkiller prescriptions – opioid or narcotic pain relievers, including drugs such as Vicodin (hydrocodone), OxyContin (oxycodone), Opana (oxymorphone), and methadone – per person as those in the lowest prescribing state in the US. Or why there are twice as many painkiller prescriptions per person in the US as in Canada. Data suggest that where health care providers practice influences how they prescribe. Higher prescribing of painkillers is associated with more overdose deaths. More can be done at every level to prevent overprescribing while ensuring patients’ access to safe, effective pain treatment. Changes at the state level show particular promise.

Sources
  • Prescription Painkiller Overdoses in the USCDCopioid-prescribing, July 2014 – PDF.
  • Vital Signs: Overdoses of Prescription Opioid Pain Relievers — United States, 1999–2008CDCmm6043a4.htm, November 4, 2011.

About 18 Women die every Day of a Prescription PainKiller Overdose in the US

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Prescription Painkiller Overdoses,
A growing epidemic, especially among women

Prescription Painkiller Overdoses in the US 2013
Use prescription painkillers only as directed by a health care provider – Get help for substance abuse problems if needed (1-800-662-HELP) – @CDC_eHealth

About 18 women die every day of a prescription painkiller overdose in the US, more than 6,600 deaths in 2010. Prescription painkiller overdoses – opioid or narcotic pain relievers, including drugs such as Vicodin (hydrocodone), OxyContin (oxycodone), Opana (oxymorphone), and methadone – are an under-recognized and growing problem for women.

Although men are still more likely to die of prescription painkiller overdoses (more than 10,000 deaths in 2010), the gap between men and women is closing. Deaths from prescription painkiller overdose among women have risen more sharply than among men; since 1999 the percentage increase in deaths was more than 400% among women compared to 265% in men. This rise relates closely to increased prescribing of these drugs during the past decade. Health care providers can help improve the way painkillers are prescribed while making sure women have access to safe, effective pain treatment.

Sources
  • Prescription Painkiller Overdoses in the USCDCprescriptionpainkilleroverdoses, July 2013 – PDF.
  • Vital Signs: Overdoses of Prescription Opioid Pain Relievers — United States, 1999–2008CDCmm6043a4.htm, November 4, 2011.

Six Times as Many People Died of Methadone Overdoses in 2009 than a Decade Before…

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Prescription Painkiller Overdoses in the US 2012
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Prescription painkiller overdoses – opioid or narcotic pain relievers, including drugs such as Vicodin (hydrocodone), OxyContin (oxycodone), Opana (oxymorphone), and methadone – were responsible for more than 15,500 deaths in 2009. While all prescription painkillers have contributed to an increase in overdose deaths over the last decade, methadone has played a central role in the epidemic. More than 30% of prescription painkiller deaths involve methadone, even though only 2% of painkiller prescriptions are for this drug. Six times as many people died of methadone overdoses in 2009 than a decade before.

Methadone has been used safely and effectively to treat drug addiction for decades. It has been prescribed increasingly as a painkiller because it is a generic drug that can provide long-lasting pain relief. But as methadone’s use for pain has increased, so has nonmedical use of the drug and the number of overdoses.

Sources
  • Prescription Painkiller Overdoses in the USCDC,methadoneoverdoses, July 2012 – PDF.
  • Vital Signs: Overdoses of Prescription Opioid Pain Relievers — United States, 1999–2008CDCmm6043a4.htm, November 4, 2011

Overdose Deaths from Prescription PainKillers have SkyRocketed during the Past Decade in the US

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Prescription Painkiller Overdoses in the US 2011
Use prescription painkillers only as directed by a health care provider – Get help for substance abuse problems if needed (1-800-662-HELP) – @CDC_eHealth

Deaths from prescription painkillers – opioid or narcotic pain relievers, including drugs such as Vicodin (hydrocodone), OxyContin (oxycodone), Opana (oxymorphone), and methadone – have reached epidemic levels in the past decade. The number of overdose deaths is now greater than those of deaths from heroin and cocaine combined.

A big part of the problem is nonmedical use of prescription painkillers—using drugs without a prescription, or using drugs just for the “high” they cause. In 2010, about 12 million Americans (age 12 or older) reported nonmedical use of prescription painkillers in the past year.

Enough prescription painkillers were prescribed in 2010 to medicate every American adult around-the-clock for a month. Although most of these pills were prescribed for a medical purpose, many ended up in the hands of people who misused or abused them.

Improving the way prescription painkillers are prescribed can reduce the number of people who misuse, abuse or overdose from these powerful drugs, while making sure patients have access to safe, effective treatment.

Sources
  • Prescription Painkiller Overdoses in the US, CDC, painkilleroverdoses, November 2011 – PDF.
  • Vital Signs: Overdoses of Prescription Opioid Pain Relievers — United States, 1999–2008, CDC, mm6043a4.htm, November 4, 2011