Friday, August 21, 2009

Remaining Omnibus decisions upheld.

The latest Consumer Health Digest has some great news about the Autism Omnibus. I'm just gonna quote the whole thing:

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims has affirmed the Special Master's decisions that the families of Colten Snyder and Michelle Cedillo had presented no credible evidence that vaccination had caused him to develop autism. The decision is part of the Autism Omnibus Proceeding in which more than 5,000 families who claim that vaccines caused their children to become autistic are seeking compensation under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). In February 2009, Special Masters ruled in these cases and one other selected to test how similar cases should be handled. The decisions completely debunked the alleged vaccine/autism connection and implied that the doctors who promote them are acting unethically. Autism-Watch has posted key findings at

and links to the hearing transcripts and decisions at


Sunday, August 9, 2009

Science-Based Medicine 101

Val Jones from the always-excellent Science-Based Medicine blog posts about how to judge the credibility of a medical study. This is good information for everyone, especially for parents of autistic children. There's a lot of garbage out there. Dr. Jones will help you weed it out.


Saturday, August 8, 2009

Positivity is the Ultimate Rebellion

Two of my favorite bloggers have written similar posts both inspired by an annoying Age of Autism rant (that I won't link to for the same reason that Emily didn't). Also, their reactions are great!

Emily's post on Anger Management exemplifies good parenting and a good attitude and everyone should read it.

Hammie's discourse about Shiny Happy Mummies does the same thing and has a link to a student who wants to study the positive perceptions of parents of children with autism.

The two bloggers above are among my role-models. They tell it like it is, the good and the bad and you know what? It's mostly good.

The Truth Behind 5 'Real' Monsters

Again with the reposting from This time they show us how humor can be used in the service of skepticism with a report on The Truth Behind 5 ‘Real Monsters’ That Fooled the Internet


The Secret

From's If Sarasm Ruled the World feature.