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Toxins and bad medical drugs, including vaccinations, are often the leading suspects of autism disorders.
However, it is important to note that the studies that are cited come almost exclusively from 1 research group and use the same dose at the same stage of development for the same number of repeated doses. If there is any error in the dose or timing or duration of exposure that was chosen to mimic terbutaline as a tocolytic therapy, it is shared by all the articles that were cited.
"Vaccines did not save humanity and never will."
"Vaccines have never been proven truly safe except for perhaps the parameters of immediate death or some specific adverse events within up to 4 weeks."
"Smallpox was not eradicated by vaccines as many doctors readily say it was. They say this out of conditioning rather than out of understanding the history or science."
"Polio virus was not responsible for the paralysis in the first part of the 20th century. Polio vaccine research, development, testing and distribution has committed atrocities upon primates and humanity. Bill Gates is not a humanitarian."
"Vaccines are dangerous and should never be injected into anyone for any reason. They are not the answer to infectious diseases. There are many more sustainable and benevolent solutions than vaccines."
"Medical authorities should not have the final word on how doctors treat individual patients in the privacy of their own offices and should not be able to dictate injections into our private hospital patients."
Even if you drink diet soda — instead of the sugar variety — you could still have a much higher risk of vascular events compared to those who don’t drink soda, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2011.
During an average follow-up of 9.3 years, 559 vascular events occurred (including ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, which is caused by rupture of a weakened blood vessel). Researchers accounted for participants’ age, sex, race or ethnicity, smoking status, exercise, alcohol consumption and daily caloric intake. And even after researchers also accounted for patients’ metabolic syndrome, peripheral vascular disease and heart disease history, the increased risk persisted at a rate 48 percent higher.
These findings were presented at a medical conference. They should be considered preliminary as they have not yet undergone the "peer review" process, in which outside experts scrutinize the data prior to publication in a medical journal.
I learned on the Today Show today that hockey is going to kill Jack & diet soda is going to kill me. (Carbon monoxide & vascular events) FML
“This is pretty scary,” said Denise Gainey, a 49-year-old administrative assistant from Amelia, Va. Worried that she might have inherited a higher risk of heart
disease, Gainey wants to be careful. “I guess I’ll just be drinking a lot more water,” she said.
A study just presented at the American Stroke Assn.’s International Stroke Conference reported a link between the amount of diet soda someone drinks and the risk of having a stroke or heart attack.
- Can diet soda boost your stroke risk? Researchers find a 61% increased risk among those who drink daily (US News and World Report). I note that the much ballyhooed 61% drops to 48% with controlling for factors like metabolic syndrome. There is no mention of the caveats or the lack of peer review.
- Study: Diet soda drinkers at increased risk for stroke (Fox News). I am completely grossed out by the fact that if you hover over "school of medicine"in the piece (if you get that linked; it changes with each reload), you get an ad for a plastic surgeon. Eww. Anyway, the link is to a limited report highlighting only the screaming numbers with no context.
- Diet soda: Fewer calories, greater stroke risk (From an ABC affiliate running the ABC version of the piece). I don't think they meant the headline to imply that the absence of calories in diet soda causes a greater stroke risk, do you? That said, early on the piece reads, "This study has major flaws and should not change anyone's diet soda consumption," said ABC News Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser."
- Study: Diet soda may increase the risk of stroke (From AOL Health). They blow the lede in this one, referring to keeping weight down. The study didn't control for that. Oops.
- Diet soda tied to stroke risk but reasons unclear (Seattle Times). The piece starts with, "It's far from definitive proof." At least. My favorite from this piece is, "A simple solution, health experts say, is to drink water instead."
It is possible that because ﬁfth and sixth graders generally have more independence and less adult supervision over their time use and food choices than third graders, maternal employment precipitates poorer food choices and more sedentary activity. Children’s lesser supervision at older ages may be related to the diminished likelihood of being in an after-school program and a greater likelihood of being in self-care (Johnson, 2005). The ways in which the link between maternal employment and child health may be moderated by child age warrants more research attention.
Results from the RE models, which compare outcomes across different children, did not reveal any significant associations between mothers’ employment, or nonstandard employment, and their children’s BMI. Looking at the within-child FE regression models (our preferred models), which related within-child changes in mothers’ employment experiences to changes in that child’s BMI over time, we see in Model 1 that an additional period of maternal employment over the child’s lifetime was associated with a 10% of a standard deviation increase in children’s BMI (d = 0.10; 0.02/0.204). The fact that such an association was found in the FE models, but not the RE models, may be due to the different nature of such models; specifically, RE models compared across different children whose mothers had different employment experiences, while the FE models related an individual child’s accumulation of maternal employment to changes in that same child’s BMI. There were no significant associations between maternal employment status at a given time point (Model 2) and BMI, and also no associations (at conventional levels of significance) between maternal nonstandard work and child BMI (Models 3 and 4).
Researchers said that for every 10 hours a week a mother works, the weight of their children increases by on average one and a half per cent.
Children whose mothers work are six times more likely to be overweight, research shows.
They believe that a diet of fatty ready meals and snacks eaten unsupervised after school is causing them to pile on the pounds.They are often left to prepare their own dinners which may consist of a high-calorie ready-meal left out in the fridge, as opposed to a family dinner cooked from scratch.
As if working mothers don't have enough to feel guilty about, a new study suggests that the more time they spend working, the heavier their children become.
Children whose mothers work continuously over their lifetime are more likely to have a higher body mass index (BMI) than those whose moms work less, according to a new study, but they're not necessarily worse off in terms of their overall health.
So does that mean Mom should stay at home and not work? Not at all, says Taryn Morrissey, a developmental psychologist at American University and lead author of the study appearing in the journal Child Development.
For one thing, the difference was small, Morrissey says. For every five months or so a mother was employed while her child was growing up, a kid of average height would gain about a pound more than otherwise expected.
- The more mom works, the heavier her kids get (HealthDay)
- How long moms work linked to slight increase in kids' weight (NPR blogs, nice nuanced headline)
- Working moms to blame for kids' obesity problems? (The Boston Globe Website--this headline sucks)
- Kids put on pounds when moms work (MSBNC, blunt and needs nuance)
- Children's body mass index rises the longer mom works (The Baltimore Sun)
- Latchkey kids more likely to be obese, report finds (The Telegraph: completely misleading, canceling out their triumph of a calm-toned lede)
- Study: Moms' work schedule is making kids fat (Fox: WINNER for most egregiously misleading garbage of a headline)
- Children with working mothers are six times more likely to be fat (The Daily Mail: WINNER (tie) for the headline; WINNER (also) for most idiotic images and cutlines)
- Had to come back to add this whopper for WINNER, worst headline and opening grafs: Study links working moms to fat kids (Parentdish.com):
All you working mothers can quit feeling guilty about leaving your children as you head to the office.
The kids fat and happy. Well, fat anyway.
Researchers say the more years you work outside the home, the more likely your children will sit in front of the TV and say, "Gosh, I miss Mommy. Pass the Cheetos."
Today's big vaccine news is a study out of Finland with findings of increased rates of narcolepsy among children who had received Pandemrix, Glaxo-Smith-Klein's H1N1 vaccine. Reuters, describing the research as "yet to be confirmed," reported that the study found that children receiving the vaccine were nine times more likely to develop narcolepsy than children who had not. Note that this H1N1 vax was used only when H1N1 was declared pandemic in 2009. It is not the combination flu shot being used this year.
- Finnish study links GSK flu shot to narcolepsy (Reuters; headline writer assumes we all know what GSK is, neglects to specify which flu shot.)
- Flu-narcolepsy link dismissed (UK Press Association; true, in the report, the link is dismissed)
- Swine flu jab: narcolepsy link investigated (The Telegraph; why are people lapsing back into "swine flu" speak?)
- Further study needed on possible link between flu shot and narcolepsy (UN News; "flu shot" could be more specific, but otherwise, like this headline)
- Finland: Link between swine flu shot, narcolepsy (AP; headline writer lapses into old-timey "swine flu" speak)
- Pandremrix (sic) leads to sleep disorder in children (blares TopNews, the "news you can use," which I will now use to make fun of TopNews, which gets WINNER (tie) of MISLEADING HEADLINE OF THE DAY)
- Swine flu vaccine likely causes child narcolepsy: study (from AFP, whatever that is. What I do know is that (a) it's not called swine flu, and (b) there is nothing here that talks causation. Nothing. For that reason, I designate this headline as WINNER (tie) of MISLEADING HEADLINE OF THE DAY)
In one analysis of 127 children six months to one year after surgery, the average body mass index of the kids increased by about 7 percent. In another analysis of 249 children, 50 to 75 percent of kids had weight gain after surgery. While most weight gain happened in the first year after surgery, scientists don't know definitively whether it levels off after that.
Getting tonsils out tied to kids' weight gain
Researchers wonder if common surgery plays role in child obesity epidemic
- Children often gain weight after getting tonsils removed (WTMA-"the Low Country's Big Talker", using a reasonable headline)
- Kids gain extra pounds after tonsil surgery (Reuters, with a headline that doesn't reflect anything I've read so far; are they "extra"?)
- Kids who have tonsils removed more likely to gain weight (AOL; in this one, the study author is quoted as suggesting that parents might "overfeed the child when recovering from chronic illness"--not possible in the two weeks following this surgery, as eating is very difficult for them, and they are far more likely to experience initial weight loss following the surgery)
- Removing tonsils linked to weight gain (from KETK, "news you won't see anywhere else"; hope that's true because this one sensationalizes the "7% increase in BMI," without a context for what the initial BMI was)
- Children may pack on pounds after tonsillectomy (Newsday; once again, why wouldn't children do that?)
- woo, and I mean WOO, here's one of my faves: from NaturalNews.com: Tonsillectomies cause kids to gain excess weight. This appears to be a fab opportunity for NN to suggest that people not let their children have tonsillectomies because, on top of its being a "huge money maker" and something that doctors are "often quick to urge" (my son had 12 strep infections before being referred for one), now we have to worry about fat! And...there's a picture of a fat kid, just to bring that point home.
- A reasonable story from WebMD, including a caveat from an expert not associated with the study. She points out that just about everyone born before WWII had their tonsils out, and obesity just wasn't a problem then.
- Tonsil removal, childhood obesity link (Herald Sun)
- Children who have tonsils out 'more likely to become obese' (courtesy of The Telegraph. This piece literally concludes that children who have a tonsillectomy are "at increased risk of becoming overweight." This and the dek indicate a "quote" from someone, but that quote is not reflected in the article)
- Tonsil removal 'linked to childhood obesity' (from The Mirror. This one's so egregious that only its first two sentences discuss the study at all, while the remainder quotes a bunch of information about childhood obesity, with no context for the study being described. People, this is how the vaccine-autism misinformation flood got started.)