The Daily Populous

Tuesday March 5th, 2019 morning edition

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(CNN) The measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine does not increase the risk of autism and does not trigger autism in children who are at risk, according to a new study of over 650,000 children.

Researchers used a population registry to evaluate whether the MMR vaccine increased the risk of autism in children born in Denmark between 1999 and 2010.

A total of 657,461 children were followed through August 2013, with the researchers documenting diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder as well as known risk factors including age of the parents, diagnosis of autism in a sibling, preterm birth and low weight at birth.

Over 95% of the children received the MMR vaccine, and 6,517 were diagnosed with autism.

The MMR vaccine did not increase the risk of autism in children who were not considered at risk for the disorder and did not trigger it in those who were, according to the study, published Monday in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

"This idea that vaccines cause autism is still around and is still getting a lot of exposure in social media," noted Anders Hviid, lead study author and senior investigator at Statens Serum Institut in Denmark.

With anti-vaccine groups becoming more vocal and even celebrities and politicians spreading fear of vaccines, Hviid and his team wanted to provide solid scientific answers. »

Chemical pollutants in the home degrade fertility in both men and dogs, study finds

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There has been increasing concern over declining human male fertility in recent decades with studies showing a 50% global reduction in sperm quality in the past 80 years.

The researchers carried out identical experiments in both species using samples of sperm from donor men and stud dogs living in the same region of the UK.

An important area of future study is to determine how the region in which we live may effect sperm quality in both man and dog.". »

Pelosi says Democrats to introduce bill to bring back net neutrality this week

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In a letter to her Democratic colleagues, Pelosi said a bill called the Save the Internet Act will be unveiled Wednesday and will be introduced in the Senate as well.

The text of the legislation has not been released, and it’s unclear what will be included in the bill.

Democrats have railed against the Trump administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vote to repeal the net neutrality rules, which happened more than a year ago. »

Now Facebook is allowing anyone to look you up using your security phone number

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And now, as security researcher and New York Times columnist Zeynep Tufekci pointed out, Facebook is allowing anyone to look up a user by their phone number, the same phone number that was supposed to be for security purposes only.

I can no longer keep keep private the phone number that I PROVIDED ONLY FOR SECURITY to Facebook.

And remember, by default Facebook allows the whole world to find out who you are by entering your phone number. »

Jane Philpott resigns from Trudeau cabinet, cites SNC-Lavalin scandal as a factor

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In her resignation letter Philpott cites the convention of cabinet solidarity—where ministers must always be prepared to defend other ministers publicly—in saying that it has become "untenable" to continue to serve in cabinet.

Scheer said that the remaining cabinet ministers either need to force Trudeau to stand down or disassociate themselves from the scandal.

"Jane Philpott has made her decision based on information she received from cabinet; Canadians deserve to know what happened as well," Singh said in the statement. »