Emily Willingham writing at Forbes

12 Oct

Emily Willingham is one of the best (if not the best) science writer I know covering issues including autism. Her work covers a more broad area than just autism, but it is her autism work I’ve read most closely. She does a great job of taking the hype out of the media versions of recent research and explaining what the research really says.

Forbes has shown itself wise enough to add her to their crew.

Her bio reads:

I am a science writer and editor and former biology professor with work published at Slate, Scientific American blogs, The Scientist, and others. I focus on how science filters to consumers and how consumers make decisions about science. Frequent honorable mentions: autism, parenting, and the news media.

With her first article she jumped right in with ADHD, Fish And Mercury Exposure During Pregnancy — What’s The Connection? .

The artice doesn’t mention vaccines. But with an article on mercury, guess where the focus is for the comments.

She has a good article on the DSM-5 up as well: New DSM-5 Criteria For Autism — Who Will Be Left Behind?

By Matt Carey

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5 Responses to “Emily Willingham writing at Forbes”

  1. livsparents October 15, 2012 at 23:11 #

    Her latest article on Pesticides and Autism cuts to the heart of what angers me about ‘causationists’. They have their own pet ax to grind about the environment, and attempt to tie it to autism in order to get more coverage for their ’cause’. I am up to here with these people riding on the backs of my kids, trying to suck research funding away from legitimate projects…
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/emilywillingham/2012/10/15/are-pesticides-a-key-driver-of-the-autism-increase/

  2. Science Mom October 16, 2012 at 03:52 #

    She’s such a voice of reason and I am glad she is tackling the issue of autism aetiology and what it isn’t.

  3. Harold L Doherty October 23, 2012 at 13:11 #

    Science Mom. Yeah another “science” writer saying what, according to her, doesn’t cause autism. With so many known toxic substances influencing pre and post natal developments how do all you “scientists” separate them all and come to conclusions that point toward or away from, actual causes? Or are you good with just assuming everything is A-OK and nothing has changed, that 1 in 500, then 250, 150,110, and now 1 in 88 have always walked among us? Good thing the DSM5 is about to change the Autism Disorder definition again and further confound all autism aetiology research.

    livsparents: the “causationists” also include many parents looking for the truth who are not willing to imbibe the Neurodiveristy kool-aid. You have the right to sing Kumbaya, Hakuna Matata or Que Sera Sera. You do not have the right to tell other parents they have to sing along with you.

    • Science Mom November 26, 2012 at 16:46 #

      Thanks to Parent’s comment I see that Harold Doherty is once again an apologist of the biomeddlers and vaccines=environment groups and demonstrates considerable reading comprehension difficulty.

      Please read Dr. Willingham’s article again or at all because A.) She’s a scientist with the requisite degrees so no need for silly scare quotes (reserve that for your own pretend science journalists who have credentials for neither science nor journalism) and B.) She reasonably stated that the article being used to “prove” pesticides were responsible for causing autism was a poor one, not that pesticides or other environmental exposure couldn’t be a risk factor for autism. That is not truth Doherty, just rants and unlike you, I prefer my science served factually.

      And once again you fail to understand neurodiversity and childishly use it as a pejorative. Why you wouldn’t want your own child accepted and assisted is beyond me although I do find your type to be wallowed in self-pity and bitterness so maybe that’s enough.

  4. Parent November 25, 2012 at 22:13 #

    It’s great to see another autism parent like Emily speaking out for all of us and our children; we will not be silenced.

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