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February 4, 2011

Bill Gates: Vaccine-autism link 'an absolute lie'

Vaccines did not cause my children's autism. They were born with it and it was more than likely genetic in our case. With my son's asthma, he could die from the flu. So we get the shots each year in addition to everything else.

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Bill Gates: Vaccine-autism link 'an absolute lie'

Davos, Switzerland (CNN) -- Microsoft founder Bill Gates sat down recently with CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta in Davos, Switzerland. The billionaire philanthropist was attending the World Economic Forum to push his mission of eradicating polio by 2012. Gates, through his foundation, also pledged $10 billion to provide vaccinations to children around the world within a decade.

Gupta: There has been a lot of scrutiny of vaccines recently -- specifically childhood vaccines. There has been a lot of news about is there a connection with autism, for example. What do you make of all that? Dr. [Andrew] Wakefield wrote a paper about this [in The Lancet in 1998] saying he thought there was a connection. And there were lower vaccination rates over a period of time as a result in Britain, then the United States. What are your thoughts?

Gates: Well, Dr. Wakefield has been shown to have used absolutely fraudulent data. He had a financial interest in some lawsuits, he created a fake paper, the journal allowed it to run. All the other studies were done, showed no connection whatsoever again and again and again. So it's an absolute lie that has killed thousands of kids. Because the mothers who heard that lie, many of them didn't have their kids take either pertussis or measles vaccine, and their children are dead today. And so the people who go and engage in those anti-vaccine efforts -- you know, they, they kill children. It's a very sad thing, because these vaccines are important.

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A New Study Links Maternal Employment to Child's Body Weight

This is a lot of bunk: Children are getting fatter because of what they feed their children, not whether or how much time their moms work. Plenty of stay at home moms frequent McDonald's, Burger King and Chuck-E-Cheese. How about praising working mothers whose children do exercise and eat properly?

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New Study Adds to Working Mother's Guilt



A New Study Links Maternal Employment to Child's Body Weight


Just today a new study twisted the scissors in a little deeper. It reported a link between the length of maternal employment and childhood obesity. For each year a mother continues to work, University of Chicago investigators found, her child's body mass index (BMI) creeps up a small but statistically significant percentage.
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