Autism, MMR Vaccine, Measles Linked By Courts

Autism and the Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccine are being linked by US court decisions.

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, autism and marijuana are an interesting combination, with tests on mice showing "dramatic behavioral improvements in maze tests measuring anxiety and open-space acceptance."

Back in 1996, Dr. Andrew Wakefield released a paper declaring stomach disorders, autism, and MMR vaccines to be linked. Years later, lawsuits related to autism and the MMR vaccine led to pharmaceutical companies paying out "massive monetary awards, totaling in the millions, to the victims in an attempt to compensate them for damages."

A published December 13, 2012 court ruling on the alleged MMR vaccine, autism connection claims MMR vaccines caused a "severe and debilitating injury to his brain, diagnosed as Autism Spectrum Disorder ('ASD')."' Another recent court case in the Untied States released similar findings.

Dr. Wakefield said these court cases confirms his beliefs about MMR vaccines and autism:

"There can be very little doubt that vaccines can and do cause autism. In these children, the evidence for an adverse reaction involving brain injury following the MMR that progresses to an autism diagnosis is compelling. It's now a question of the body count. The parents' story was right all along. Governments must stop playing with words while children continue to be damaged."
But other scientists feel that Dr. Wakefield's anti-vaccination campaign should be blamed for a recent measles outbreak since people in Wales didn't vaccinate their children because of MMR vaccine fears over autism. Some doctors claim "vaccine objectors" put others at risk, and it's claimed Dr. Wakefield's work was discredited. A 2004 review of epidemiological studies by the US Institute of Medicine found no evidence MMR caused autism. Meanwhile, the number of measles cases in the United States has more than doubled since 2011.

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