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Autism Not Linked to Mercury in Vaccines, Courts Rule

Judges in three different cases last week denied requests for compensation from parents who believe their children's autism was linked to mercury in vaccines, The New York Times reported.

The judges in the three cases said thimerosal, a preservative containing mercury, does not cause autism, according to the story.

The cases were part of the Omnibus Autism Proceeding, which combines the cases of 5,000 families with autistic children seeking compensation from the federal vaccine injury fund, which comes from a 75-cent tax on every dose of vaccine. The proceedings began in 2002 in the United States Court of Federal Claims, the story said.

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