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Vaccines Vindicated

Posted by medliorator on February 12, 2009

A special vaccine court ruled against parents with autistic children Thursday, saying that vaccines are not to blame for their children’s neurological disorder.

The judges in the cases said the evidence was overwhelmingly contrary to the parents’ claims — and backed years of science that found no risk.

“It was abundantly clear that petitioners’ theories of causation were speculative and unpersuasive,” the court concluded in one of a trio of cases ruled on Thursday.

The ruling, which was anxiously awaited by health authorities, was a blow to families who have filed more than 5,000 claims for compensation through the government’s Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

Court Says Measles Vaccine Not to Blame for Autism [WSJ]

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USMLE Bulletin and Announcements – Information for Registrants

Posted by medliorator on February 12, 2009

2009 USMLE Bulletin contains answer to most questions and information pertinent to all test takers.  Sections include:

  • Eligibility
  • Examination Content
  • Preparing for the Test
  • Applying for the Test and Scheduling Your Test Date
  • Testing
  • Scoring and Score Reporting
  • Indeterminate Scores and Irregular Behavior
  • Communicating About USMLE

USMLE Announcements is updated only a few times each month but worth visiting before your test date.

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Teratology Fact Sheets

Posted by medliorator on February 12, 2009

The Organization of Teratology Information Specialists has compiled Fact Sheets for a variety of exposures that may impact fertility, fetal development, and lactation. Fact Sheets have been designed to print on a single double-sided page.   Many are available in Spanish.

Topics:

  • Medications
  • Herbal Products
  • Infections and Vaccines
  • Maternal Medical Conditions
  • Illicit Substances
  • Other Common Exposures

OTIS Fact Sheets [OTIS]

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