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    The Rate of Autism

    There’s a new study out in JAMA (free full text here) on the incidence of autism in the US population. Before getting to what the article actually says, it’s worth seeing what the media are saying it says. The New York Times headlines it “Study Shows Increase in Autism”, and Yahoo runs it as “Study… Read More
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    Clearance Sale

    While I’m on the subject, I’ll mention some details that will be familiar to my fellow medicinal chemists. The body has a lot of mechanisms to deal with foreign substances. We assume that all our drugs are going to be handled by them, one way or another, and we just try to keep the stuff… Read More
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    Thimerosal – A Chemical Point

    I haven’t posted on this issue recently (although I’m working on a column for TechCentral Station,) but Dr. Manhattan has been writing some good pieces on it (check the comments sections for more.) There’s one thing I’d like to add, as an organic chemist. A persistant statement that I see about thimerosal is that it’s… Read More
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    Thimerosal – a Chemical Point

    I haven’t posted on this issue recently (although I’m working on a column for TechCentral Station,) but Dr. Manhattan has been writing some good pieces on it (check the comments sections for more.) There’s one thing I’d like to add, as an organic chemist. A persistant statement that I see about thimerosal is that it’s… Read More
  • Autism

    Clearance Sale

    While I’m on the subject, I’ll mention some details that will be familiar to my fellow medicinal chemists. The body has a lot of mechanisms to deal with foreign substances. We assume that all our drugs are going to be handled by them, one way or another, and we just try to keep the stuff… Read More
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    A Quick Tour Through the Mudhole

    Before leaving this subject (for now,) I thought I’d take a look at some of the sites I mentioned that pop up when you do a Google search for thimerosal. I hope you all will pardon me for not directly linking these people. I’m not particularly interested in sending them any traffic. From a law… Read More
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    More on Autism (And Mercury)

    After reading my post below, I thought I should clarify a couple of things. I realize that some who believe in a thimerosal-autism link probably don’t argue for a specific brain lesion effect (which spent yesterday’s post argues against.) Rather, the general effects of organomercury toxicity could be the cause. I don’t think that… Read More
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    More on Autism and Mercury

    After reading my post below, I thought I should clarify a couple of things. I realize that some who believe in a thimerosal-autism link probably don’t argue for a specific brain lesion effect (which spent yesterday’s post argues against.) Rather, the general effects of organomercury toxicity could be the cause. I don’t think that… Read More
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    A Quick Tour Through the Mudhole

    Before leaving this subject (for now,) I thought I’d take a look at some of the sites I mentioned that pop up when you do a Google search for thimerosal. I hope you all will pardon me for not directly linking these people. I’m not particularly interested in sending them any traffic. From a law… Read More
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    Neurotoxins

    One reason that I have doubts about thimerosal as a cause of autism goes back to mechanism of action. Are there any specific compounds that are know to cause specific neurological problems? (There are plenty that cause more diffuse symptoms, often motor-related, such as tardive dyskinesia.) Well, there’s one prominent example: MPTP, known to… Read More