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No autism link, appellate panel finds

A second panel of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit today upheld a special master’s finding that there is no connection between autism and a mercury-based preservative in the measles-mumps rubella vaccine.

The first panel issued its opinion in May. Judge Pauline Newman was the only judge on both panels, but she was not the author of either opinion.

Some parents contend that their children were normal until they took the vaccine and then developed symptoms of autism. If a link could be established, the parents would be entitled to compensation under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986.

A hat tip to the Blog of the Legal Times, which has more detail and links to an article about the controversy.
By Alan Cooper

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