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  1. Electrical Brain Activity May Spot Autism Risk

    Feb. 22, 2011 -- Combining a standard noninvasive test that measures electrical activity in the brain with a high-tech computer analysis may help determine the risk of autism spectrum disorder in infants, according to a new study. In the study, a computer program that assists in evaluating brainwave

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  2. MMR Doctor ‘Planned to Make Millions,’ Journal Claims

    Jan. 11, 2011 -- Andrew Wakefield, MD, the disgraced doctor who claimed there was a link between the MMR vaccine and autism and bowel disease, planned to make a vast amount of money as a result of the health scare, according to a new report in the journal BMJ. It’s the second exposé by investigative

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  3. Back-to-Back Pregnancies May Increase Autism Risk

    Jan 10, 2011 -- Children born within one year of an older sibling may be three times more likely to be diagnosed with autism, according to a new study in the February issue of Pediatrics. The study calls attention to interpregnancy interval (IPI), the duration between pregnancies, as a potential ris

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  4. BMJ Declares Vaccine-Autism Study 'an Elaborate Fraud'

    Jan. 6, 2011 -- The medical journal BMJ has declared the 1998 Lancet study that implied a link between the MMR vaccine and autism “an elaborate fraud.” Fiona Godlee, MD, BMJ's editor in chief, says in a news release, “The MMR scare was based not on bad science but on a deliberate fraud” and that suc

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  5. Investigative Reporter: MMR-Autism Study Was Faked

    Jan. 6, 2011 - The journal BMJ has published a report that calls a 1998 study linking the MMR vaccine and autism a fraud. That study, published in the Lancet , was the work of Andrew Wakefield, MD. WebMD talked to journalist Brian Deer, whose investigative report says that Wakefield deliberately fak

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  6. Autism/MMR Vaccine Study Faked: FAQ

    Jan. 6, 2011 -- The discredited study purportedly linking the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine to autism wasn't just poor science, it was outright fraud, a leading U.K. medical journal claims. The man behind the 1998 study, Andrew Wakefield, MD, continues to defend it. But 10 of his co-authors ha

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  7. BMJ Editor: MMR-Autism Study Was a Fraud

    Jan. 6, 2011 -- The journal BMJ has called the 1998 Lancet paper that implied a link between the MMR vaccine and autism “an elaborate fraud.” WebMD talked to Fiona Godlee, MD, BMJ editor in chief, about her journal’s expose of the flawed study by Andrew Wakefield, MD. [Journalist Brian Deer’s] reali

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  8. Fast Lane to Autism: Living Near Freeways

    Dec. 17, 2010 -- Having a mother who lived within 1,000 feet of a freeway while pregnant doubles a child's odds of having autism. The finding comes from a study looking at environmental factors that might play a role in autism. University of Southern California researcher Heather E. Volk, PhD, MPH,

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  9. Early Intervention Improves Autism Symptoms

    Dec. 8, 2010 -- A six-month, group-based early intervention program with a special emphasis on social development can improve some of the core symptoms of autism spectrum disorder in children as young as 2, according to a study in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. “This and other autis

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  10. MRI Scans May Help Evaluate Asperger’s Syndrome

    Dec. 6, 2010 (Chicago) -- Researchers are a step closer to developing new treatments that are tailored to the individual needs of people with Asperger’s syndrome and other types of autism. The technique uses two advanced MRI scanning techniques to produce a detailed map of the brain’s wiring in six

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