What better time of year to release autism news that you don't want a lazy, ill informed mainstream media to cover than Christmas with everyone, including journalists, busy with family and with news dominated by stories of old St. Nick? Not one but three, count em THREE big stories related to autism disorders were released just before the Christmas news freeze. Three that were buried alive in the Christmas news freeze:
1) The CDC autism prevalence figures showing yet another major increase in autism diagnoses and subsequent IACC head Tom Insel's acknowledgment that environment is a component of autism.
2) The CDC Fourth National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals that measured 212 dangerous environmental chemicals in human bodies.
3) Announcement of recent CDC Director Julie Gerberding's New Job as Head of Merck vaccines division.
Former CDC director Dr. Julie Gerberding had stated a study comparing autism rates in existing vaccinated non vaccinated populations could and should be done. It will be interesting to see if Dr. Julie Gerberding head of Merck's vaccine division agrees.