One Shot Vaccine for Measles, Mumps and Rubella Feared to Cause Autism and Bowel Disease

by Jon Henshaw

A popular vaccine — often called MMR for measles, mumps and rubella — has been found to have a link to autism and bowel disease. Although the initial research was heavily scrutinized by other researchers and pharmaceuticals, new research is making those critics take a second look. Sally Beck of the Daily Mail reports:

The study appears to confirm the findings of British doctor Andrew Wakefield, who caused a storm in 1998 by suggesting a possible link.

Now a team from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina are examining 275 children with regressive autism and bowel disease - and of the 82 tested so far, 70 prove positive for the measles virus.

Last night the team’s leader, Dr Stephen Walker, said: ‘Of the handful of results we have in so far, all are vaccine strain and none are wild measles.

‘This research proves that in the gastrointestinal tract of a number of children who have been diagnosed with regressive autism, there is evidence of measles virus.

‘What it means is that Dr Wake-field’s implication is it may be coming study is correct. That study from the MMR vaccine. If that’s didn’t draw any conclusions about the case, and this live virus is specifically what it means to find residing in the gastrointestinal measles virus in the gut, but the tract of some children, and then they have GI inflammation and other problems, it may be related to MMR.’

Read the full story: Scientists fear MMR link to autism

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This entry was posted on Tuesday, May 30th, 2006 at 8:09 am and is filed under Parenting, Health, Babies. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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