What Causes Autism? Flu Shot During Pregnancy Not Linked To Diagnosis In Children, New Study Finds

International Business Times

Receiving a flu shot while pregnant will not put a child at risk of later being diagnosed with autism. A new study published Tuesday in JAMA Pediatrics concluded that there is no link that finds the children of women who catch the flu while pregnant or receive a flu shot during pregnancy are later diagnosed with autism. The study pulled medical records from 196,929 children all born at the same Northern California hospital, Kaiser Permanente facilities, between 2000 and 2010. Of those, 3,101 were diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, NPR reported. Although there was no direct link found in mothers who had the flu while pregnant and their child being diagnosed with autism, there was a slight increased risk for mothers who received a flu vaccine during their first trimester.


Robert De Niro: Anti-vaccination doc pulled from Tribeca Film Fest

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A controversial documentary that claims to link autism to vaccines has been pulled from the Tribeca Film Festival after festival cofounder Robert De Niro took heat for engineering the movie's world premiere. The actor, who initially said the New York festival would premiere Vaxxed: From Conspiracy to Cover-up in April to provide "the opportunity for a conversation around the issue," expressed concerns about the film's content in a statement Saturday: The Festival doesn't seek to avoid or shy away from controversy. However, we have concerns with certain things in this film that we feel prevent us from presenting it in the Festival program. We have decided to remove it from our schedule." De Niro has a child with autism and initially pushed for the film to be screened at the festival, a step he says he had never taken in the 15 years since the event was founded.


What to expect in 2014

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An artist's impression of the European Space Agency's Rosetta probe, which aims to be the first to land on a comet. Several research groups, including a team led by geneticist Erika Sasaki and stem-cell biologist Hideyuki Okano at Keio University in Tokyo, hope to create transgenic primates with immune-system deficiencies or brain disorders. This could raise ethical concerns, but might bring us closer to therapies that are relevant to humans (mice can be poor models for such disorders). The work will probably make use of a gene-editing method called CRISPR, which saw rapid take-up last year. The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft could become the first mission to land a probe on a comet.


California doctor saves life of fellow colleague with kidney donation

FOX News

But Dr. Colleen Coleman did so by going under the knife to help an ailing colleague who desperately needed a kidney. Coleman donated to Dr. Brian Dunn, an anesthesiologist she works with at Hoag Hospital Newport Beach whose kidneys failed from chemotherapy he received as a teenager to treat a stomach tumor. Coleman came through after one donor withdrew her offer and Dunn's doctor advised him against accepting a kidney from a patient with Lou Gehrig's disease. "I thought, it's not going to happen," Dunn told The Orange County Register. He had received a kidney from his mother when he was 25, but donated kidneys don't last forever.


Doctor donates kidney to save ailing colleague

The Japan Times

NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA – It's not unusual for a surgeon to save another doctor's life. But Dr. Colleen Coleman did so by going under the knife to help an ailing colleague who desperately needed a kidney. Coleman donated to Dr. Brian Dunn, an anesthesiologist she works with at Hoag Hospital Newport Beach whose kidneys failed from chemotherapy he received as a teenager to treat a stomach tumor. Coleman came through after one donor withdrew her offer and Dunn's doctor advised him against accepting a kidney from a patient with Lou Gehrig's disease. "I thought, it's not going to happen," Dunn told The Orange County Register (bit.ly/2mzIzpQ)