I've written here and here about the claims by some groups that thimerosal, a preservative contained in many childhood vaccines, might have a correlation to autism and related disorders. There was segment on today's Meet the Press regarding this debate. The transcript is here (scroll down to the middle). I personally find Dr. Fineberg, who defends the safety of childhood vacinations, to be more convincing - but I had already formed an opinion before watching this. Tim Russert, the moderator, makes a very interesting point:
Since thimerosal is now out of the vaccine, latest as of 2003, we will know in a few years whether or not there is a connection...I'm sure that is cold comfort for those whose kids have been and will continue to be diagnosed with these disorders in the future, but it will be interesting to see if the rates drop as precipitously as the claims from those in the anti-thimerosal camp would suggest.