Study which Linked Measles Vaccine to Autism Turns Out to Be Fraudulent

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Here’s the bottom line…a study linking measles vaccine to autism was fabricated.  That it was a fraud is very disturbing.  The reason why this is the case, is you have parents who have children with autism who have been sold a bill of goods. They are frustrated because they were looking for answers.  Why did their child have this condition?  But even more important than that, for those children who have not had the vaccine, for those parents who have questioned it, for physician who have had that conversation with patients hundreds of thousands of times, all of this information leads to confusion.  It’s one thing if someone makes a mistake, but if it’s downright, outright fraud, you’re in a situation where it takes the entire medical system, the entire way we base our decisions about whether treatments are good or bad, and discredits it. There is a seed now planted in people’s minds that there is something wrong with these vaccines and that there’s a link with autism.  That is not something that will be erased by one report like this.  That question is ongoing.  We’re not saying it’s a bad thing to question, we are saying it’s a bad thing to question when you have misinformation.

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Study of Father’s Age and Autism

Study of Father’s Age and Autism

Autism is a particularly tough condition to treat, because we need to learn so much more about what causes it, and why it happens. A report in the Archives of General Psychology suggests genetics could play a major role. Men who become fathers in their forties or older are much more likely to have autistic children than younger dads. The study is a large one, looking at 130,000 Israeli Jews born in the 1980’s. Those fathered by older men were almost six times more likely to have autism or related disorders than those fathered by men younger than 30. Mother’s age seem to have less of an influence. Now, there are some concerns with the study; results need to be tested in a broader population. That’s because we need to see if similar findings would occur in other ethnic groups.

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Definition of Autism

Definition of Autism

We hear a great deal about autism and many people think they have a handle on what autism is, but the definition from the Autism Society of America may be the best. According to the group, autism is a severely incapacitating lifelong developmental disability that typically appears in the first three years of life. It occurs in approximately 15 out of every 10,000 births, and is four times more common in boys then in girls. Symptoms include disturbances in the rate of appearance of physical, social, and language skills.

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Definition of Autism

Definition of Autism

We hear a great deal about autism and many people think they have a handle on what autism is, but maybe the definition from the Autism Society of America is the best. According to the group, autism is a severely incapacitating lifelong developmental disability that typically appears in the first three years of life. It occurs in approximately 15 out of every 10,000 births, and is four times more common in boys then in girls. Symptoms include disturbances in the rate of appearance of physical, social, and language skills.

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