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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. MRI Scans May Help Test for Autism

    Dec. 2, 2010 -- Researchers may be getting closer to developing a test to diagnose autism spectrum disorder using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. Autism is typically diagnosed through observations, along with educational and psychological testing. The new test, named the Lange-Lainhart test

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  7. Cell Irregularity Linked to Autism in Kids

    Nov. 30, 2010 -- New research linking impaired mitochondrial function to autism appears to support the notion that the cellular irregularity plays a role in the disorder in at least a subset of patients. Known as the power plant of the cell, mitochondria are critical for converting nutrients into en

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  8. Handwriting Problems Hard to Outgrow With Autism

    Nov. 16, 2010 -- Handwriting problems may be hard for children with autism to outgrow. A new study shows the handwriting problems that often affect children with autism are likely to persist into adolescence, but there may be strategies to help them compensate. Researchers found that teenagers with

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  9. Jaundice in Newborns May Be Linked to Autism

    Oct. 11, 2010 -- As many as 60% of full-term newborns and 80% of babies born prematurely develop jaundice in their first few days of life. Now new research suggests the condition may be linked to a higher risk for autism. Babies with jaundice develop yellowish skin due to excess of the chemical bili

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  10. Cognitive Skills in Kids With Autism May Improve With Time

    Sept 15, 2010 -- Many of the behavioral signs of autism spectrum disorder ebb and flow throughout childhood, but less was known about the trajectory of cognitive skills among these children. Now, a new study shows that patterns of cognitive skills, including being able to appreciate another person's

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