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    1. What Works to Treat Autism?

      April 4, 2011 -- For children diagnosed with autism, hope comes in many forms -- stimulants, hormone therapy, vitamins, powerful antipsychotic medications, intensive behavioral therapies, and strict diets. It is harder, however, to find treatments that have been scientifically proven to help. Now th

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    2. Best and Worst Cities for Autism Care

      April 1, 2011 -- New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Boston are some of the top cities in the country for families raising children with autism, a new survey shows. The survey was conducted by the nonprofit advocacy group Autism Speaks. It’s the first to rank metropolitan ar

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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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