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The Checkup Archive: Autism

Wakefield tried to capitalize on autism-vaccine link, report says

Andrew Wakefield, the British doctor who made now widely discredited claims about a link between autism and childhood vaccines, explored business arrangements to capitalize on the supposed association, according to a new report. In a follow-up to another report published last week in the British medical journal BMJ, investigative reporter...

By Rob Stein  | January 11, 2011; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Autism, Vaccines  
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Pregnancies spaced closely together result in higher autism risk

A paper in the new issue of Pediatrics finds that when siblings are born 12 or fewer months apart, the second child's risk of autism is tripled compared to that of children born a year or more after their older sibling.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 10, 2011; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Autism, Family Health, Infant health, Infectious Disease, Kids' health, Neurological disorders, Parenting, Pregnancy, Reproductive Health, Vaccinations, Vaccines, Women's Health  
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Autism/vaccine link: Another nail in the coffin

The research that launched an enduring but apparently erroneous belief that autism is caused by a common childhood vaccination has been debunked, disclaimed -- and now debunked again.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 6, 2011; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
Categories:  Autism, Chronic Conditions, Family Health, Kids' health, Neurological disorders, Parenting, Vaccinations, Vaccines  
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FDA cracks down on experimental autism therapy

Federal health officials are cracking down on a controversial therapy that has been promoted as an alternative for a variety of conditions, including autism, Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. The Food and Drug Administration warned eight companies Thursday that their over-the-counter products used for a procedure known as "chelation" are...

By Rob Stein  | October 14, 2010; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Autism, Cardiovascular Health, FDA, Kids' health, Popular Procedures  
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Another study discounts autism/thimerosal link

Something seems to have shifted in the world of autism. There was a time when a study finding no link between the mercury-based preservative thimerosal (used in the MMR, or measles/mumps/rubella, vaccine) and autism would have raised an uproar from activists who insist such a link exists. But when the journal Pediatrics published on Monday a study that found no increased risk of autism among babies who'd been exposed prenatally or in the first 20 months of life to ethylmercury from vaccines, it was met with a general shrug.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | September 16, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Autism, Vaccinations, Vaccines  
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Is that right? Child's autism raises parents' divorce risk?

You may have heard that parents of kids with an autism spectrum disorder -- ASD -- have an 80-percent divorce rate. That number's been tossed around a lot, adding an extra level of apprehension to the already stressful experience of a child's being diagnosed with a worrisome disorder. But it...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | May 28, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Autism, Chronic Conditions, Family Health, Is That Right?, Neurological disorders  
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