Consider The Evidence: Med/Peds Journal Roundup

April 5, 2006

Autism NOT growing in incidence (its not caused by vaccines either)

Filed under: Uncategorized — medblog @ 12:01 am

Pediatrics 4/4 – There have been some concerns about the growing prevalence of autism in the US. Some quacks have even used it as evidence against the safety of childhood vaccines.

Hopefully an article in the latest issue of Pediatrics will help put the issue to rest. Shattuck states "Higher autism prevalence was significantly associated with corresponding declines in the prevalence of mental retardation and learning disabilities" His theory is that it is simply a matter of more children with learning disabilities are being labeled as autistic rather than classified with other  disorders. This model would predict that the number of children placed in the other catergories would have a corresponding decrease – which is exactly what Shattuck found.

And of course, he remembers to mention: "The majority of recent studies have failed to establish a connection between measles-mumps-rubella vaccination or the use of mercury-based vaccine preservative and autism." But i'm sure the fearmongers will not let mere facts deter them…


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