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Vaccine Study in New England Journal of Medicine Wrong in Concluding Mercury Exposures are Harmless, States SafeMinds
Date:9/26/2007

ears were not controlled. An analysis of combined prenatal and postnatal mercury exposures was lacking. Newborns weighing 5 lbs 8 ounces or less (9% of births) were excluded even though these infants may be more vulnerable to mercury's effects.

The conclusions should have referenced these and other limitations, as well as confirming thimerosal-associated impairments found in other studies, and as a result, called for further investigation. "Children in the U.S. and worldwide are still given vaccines containing mercury. Health officials should be erring on the side of caution," said Bernard. The data set will be made available to other researchers by the CDC, and Bernard hopes other scientists will apply alternative methodologies to study this important public health issue. She has asked the NEJM to publish her dissenting comments when the study appears online at http://www.nejm.org.

SafeMinds focuses on the role of mercury in neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism. This study did not address autism. A separate CDC-sponsored study investigating thimerosal and autism is underway.


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