Parents of children with autism are often frustrated by not knowing the actual cause or causes of the disorder. Studies have hinted at a variety of factors that may heighten a child’s risk, but a new research review says there is still too little evidence to point to a direct link. (more…)
Posts Tagged ‘autism’
As more and more children are diagnosed with Autism, researchers are looking for the keys to unlock the mystery of what causes the disease, how to effectively treat it, and just how many children actually have it. (more…)
Join Dr. Sue and USA TODAY Twitter chat from 2-3 p.m., on Monday, Jan. 10. Follow the conversation using #vaccinechat. (more…)
A 1998 study, that linked the MMR vaccine to autism, has been found to be false. (more…)
Wow, more news just in from the British Medical Journal relating to Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s 1998 article on vaccines and autism. According to the BMJ, Dr. Wakefield’s article was “an elaborate fraud” in which he falsified information for “his landmark” study in which he claimed that the MMR (mumps, measles, rubella) vaccine caused autism. (more…)
After interviewing Alison Singer, co-founder of The Autism Science Foundation on the radio show this weekend, I thought it was imperative to re-iterate that The Lancet, a well respected British medical journal (somewhat like our JAMA), retracted the study done in 1998 by Dr. Andrew Wakefield that first suggested a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. (more…)
After reading the newest studies that were just released regarding the prevalence of autism, I thought it was important to discuss the findings. (more…)
A new study has found that children with autism do not have a higher incidence of gastrointestinal problems than other children.
However, the study does show that autistic children do have a higher rate of constipation and eating issues, such as eating the same foods over and over. But any number of factors, including medication, could cause these issues, the researchers said. The findings appear in the August 2009 issue of Pediatrics. (more…)
A new study claims that children of mothers who have autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and celiac disease have up to a three times greater risk for autism.
Although the association between autism and a maternal history of type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis had been found in earlier research, the researchers behind the new study say that theirs is the first to find a link between autism and celiac disease. People with celiac disease cannot tolerate gluten, a protein in wheat, rye and barley. (more…)
New research out suggests that at least 10 percent of children with autism can “recover” from it, most of them undergoing years of intensive behavioral therapy.
Skeptics question the study, but University of Connecticut psychology professor Deborah Fein is among those convinced it’s real. She recently presented research at an autism conference that included 20 children who, according to rigorous analysis, got a correct diagnosis but years later were no longer considered autistic. (more…)