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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.


Ten Autism Myths Debunked

With all the autism spectrum disorder awareness that’s gone on over the past two decades, it’s amazing that age-old myths continue to be shared as if they are factual.

This news article takes on ten of the most prevalent autism myths — from what causes autism to whether autism is responsible for violent behavior — and takes them on.

During World Autism Awareness Month, help get the word out about what is and what isn’t correct about autism spectrum disorders.


What Some Millennials Don’t Know About Autism

In spite of several studies conducted by respected and reputable medical researchers and scientists proving that vaccines do not cause autism, 1 in 5 millennials between the ages of 18 and 29 believe that vaccines cause autism.

The hypothesis put forward by Andrew Wakefield in his discredited study involving 12 children has been debunked, and even Andrew Wakefield admits that it was nothing more than a hypothesis he put forth.

It should be noted that at the time his hypothesis was put forth in 1998 as study findings, Andrew Wakefield had just patented his own measles vaccine.  The findings from the Wakefield study was retracted in 2010.


Young American adults, vaccines and autism: Poll results

The 4-1-1 On Vaccines And Autism

Social media and newspaper websites are on fire with polarized comments about measles, vaccines, autism, and the recent outbreak of measles.  The facts are that there is no causal relationship between the MMR vaccine and autism, and no study has been able to replicate the findings from Andrew Wakefield’s debunked study of 12 children … a study which Andrew Wakefield finally admitted to mainstream media as being nothing more than a hypothesis he put forth.

The whistleblower story that many anti-vaccine supporters shared in 2014 and the analysis and blogging on the subject by Brian Hooker has been debunked because of the flawed methodology used when correlating data and statistics.

So why has the measles taken off as it has?  The reason is that with more and more parents refusing to vaccinate their children for fear they may develop autism, society is no longer highly immune to the disease which endangers those for whom the measles or MMR vaccine is contraindicated:  those who are too young to be vaccinated, those who suffer from autoimmune or immune suppressed diseases, and those who are undergoing or who have recently undergone chemotherapy for cancer, to name just a few.