Learn how the MMR vaccine protects against measles, mumps and rubella, is not linked to autism, in this medical report.
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Allison Chow: For insidermedicine in 60, I'm Allison Chow from Queen's University. From New York, according to research in the journal Public Library of Science One, the MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella, is not linked to autism. Researchers examined biopsies for traces of measles and found no difference between the biopsies of children with or without autism. This study contradicts previous research, and the scientists continue to urge parents to have their children vaccinated. From Washington, according to the nonprofit Environmental Working Group, a fire retardant chemical has been found in the blood of children. In a small pilot study of 20 families, the researchers found that in 19 of the families the levels of PBDE, a hormone-disrupting chemical, were about three times as high in the children as in their mothers. The chemical is often used as a fire retardant in electronics, toys and furniture. And finally, from New Haven, in yet another development, Yale School of Medicine researchers have discovered a link between bisphenol A, the chemical found in sturdy plastics and problems with brain function and mood disorders in monkeys. This finding comes just as federal toxicologists confirmed that some concern remains that bisphenol A may be linked to developmental problems in children. For insidermedicine in 60, I'm Allison Chow from Queen's University.