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The Checkup Archive: Vaccinations

Why flu vaccine may cause narcolepsy

Scientists think they have found a clue to why there may be an increased risk for the sleeping disorder narcolepsy among some people who got the H1N1 flu vaccine: The cases appear to have occurred among those carrying a gene that increases the risk for the rare disorder, which causes...

By Rob Stein  | February 8, 2011; 9:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Influenza, Parenting, Sleep, Vaccinations  
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Pregnancies spaced closely together result in higher autism risk

A paper in the new issue of Pediatrics finds that when siblings are born 12 or fewer months apart, the second child's risk of autism is tripled compared to that of children born a year or more after their older sibling.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 10, 2011; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Autism, Family Health, Infant health, Infectious Disease, Kids' health, Neurological disorders, Parenting, Pregnancy, Reproductive Health, Vaccinations, Vaccines, Women's Health  
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Autism/vaccine link: Another nail in the coffin

The research that launched an enduring but apparently erroneous belief that autism is caused by a common childhood vaccination has been debunked, disclaimed -- and now debunked again.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 6, 2011; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
Categories:  Autism, Chronic Conditions, Family Health, Kids' health, Neurological disorders, Parenting, Vaccinations, Vaccines  
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Another study discounts autism/thimerosal link

Something seems to have shifted in the world of autism. There was a time when a study finding no link between the mercury-based preservative thimerosal (used in the MMR, or measles/mumps/rubella, vaccine) and autism would have raised an uproar from activists who insist such a link exists. But when the journal Pediatrics published on Monday a study that found no increased risk of autism among babies who'd been exposed prenatally or in the first 20 months of life to ethylmercury from vaccines, it was met with a general shrug.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | September 16, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Autism, Vaccinations, Vaccines  
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H1N1 reveals weaknesses, report concludes

The swine flu pandemic may turn out to be less severe than many had feared, but the H1N1 virus has revealed disturbing weaknesses in the nation's defenses against public health emergencies, according to a new report. The report, released Tuesday by the Trust for America's Health, a private non-profit think...

By Rob Stein  | December 16, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Food Safety and Recalls, General Health, Health Policy, Hospitals, Influenza, Vaccinations  
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H1N1 vaccine: One big confusing mess

There are plenty of reasons to get upset about the H1N1 influenza situation. Over-optimistic projections of vaccine supply have given way to acknowledgements that by the time the vaccine is widely available, this wave of H1N1 infection may well be over. There have been scary reports about otherwise-healthy kids and...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | November 9, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Chronic Conditions, Family Health, Influenza, Neurological disorders, Vaccinations  
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