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Tennessee’s “Monkey Bill”–still no news

Tennessee’s so-called “Monkey Bill”, House Bill 368, which allows teachers to discuss the non-existent “scientific controversies” over evolution and global warming, has still not been vetoed or signed into law by Governor Bill Haslam.  He has been bombarded with petitions, editorials, and letters to veto the bill.  Haslam has indicated, in the past, that teaching requirements should be set by the Board of Education and not the legislature.  

Well, stay tuned.  Haslam says he will make a decision tomorrow.  

via Continued calls for “monkey bill” veto | NCSE.

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Study about causes of autism–no vaccines involved

That’s the difference between real research and the whining anti-vaccine lunatics who base their claims on nonsense and logical fallacies, which does nothing for understanding the causal factors of autism.

The Los Angeles Times reports in “Study finds link between autism and obesity during pregnancy” that data from University of California-Davis MIND Institute’s CHARGE (CHildhood Autism Risks from Genetics and the Environment) research study shows a link between risk of autism and Metabolic Conditions, such as maternal obesity and diabetes.  The study found that women who had diabetes or hypertension, or were obese had 1.61 times greater risk to have children with autism spectrum disorders than healthy women. These women with metabolic conditions (MC) also had a 2.35 greater risk to having children with developmental delays.
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