Category Archives: Autism Spectrum Disorders

More Autism Research Surprises

Over the last couple of years, the big news in autism is that autism presents differently in girls than in boys.  This is why it goes undetected in girls far longer, and why it takes longer for girls to be diagnosed with autism.

Additionally, autism research has shown that girls with the same genetic mutations as boys diagnosed with autism don’t always develop autism.  Understanding the role gender plays in autism will prove beneficial in treating autism in both males and females.

While there is no blood test to confirm or rule out autism, there are a number of factors considered.  Read more via this link.

At-Risk Children and the MMR Vaccine

A recently published study in the Journal of the American Medical Association on the occurrence of autism for at risk children receiving the MMR vaccine has proven that there is no increase risk for these children developing autism.

The study was conducted by a team of researchers affiliated with the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute in Philadelphia, Optum in Minnesota, and the Lewin Group in Virginia.

“[QUOTE] Participants included children continuously enrolled in the health plan from birth to at least 5 years of age during 2001-2012 who also had an older sibling continuously enrolled for at least 6 months between 1997 and 2012 [END QUOTE].”

The study’s findings proved there was no harmful association between the MMR vaccine and autism, even among children who are at a higher risk for autism due to an older sibling’s diagnosis of autism.

Vaccinations in Canada

Vaccines, or rather the subject of vaccinating versus not vaccinating, is a polarizing subject.  Sometimes the arguments get as heated as what one might expect from an acrimonious divorce.

In one case recently, a family court judge in Ontario (Canada) judged that the minor child of a divorced couple is to be vaccinated against her mother’s wishes and in accordance with the father’s wishes, on the basis of what is in the child’s best interests.

The following arguments were put forth by the custodial parent (the child’s mother) and her legal counsel:

1.  “Most diseases today are very rare or are considered mild.”
2.  “There are unmistakable links between vaccines and severe reactions, including SIFS, autism, meningitis, joint pain and fibromyalgia.”
3.  “Most diseases were due to conditions of overcrowding, lack of sanitation and poor hygiene — all of which are not a risk today.”

The non-custodial father represented himself in court.  He disagreed with the arguments put forth by the custodial parent and her legal counsel.

The judge ruled in favor of the father’s wishes that the minor child be vaccinated against childhood diseases.

The court also ordered that the mother “is not to communicate with the child in a manner that would be negative to the child receiving the vaccinations.”