This Week's Topic:

Autism

There's no question autism rates are up and concern is high but with the prevailing study linking autism and vaccines discredited, why is there still a level of concern about vaccines?   Are autism rates really up or is there better diagnosis now?  Is there over-diagnosis?   The best writers in science weigh in.
Arthur & Autism Planet With Indy

The PBSKids show "Arthur" ran an episode featuring a new character, Carl, who has Aspergers Syndrome...

Surging Autism Diagnoses Driven By Social Influence

The surging number of autism diagnoses is driven in part by social interaction between parents...

Autism And Vaccines: Why People Still Believe The Hype

Early last month, the now-famous paper by Dr Andrew Wakefield that supposedly linked vaccines to...

The Power Of The Brain Through The Window Of Savants

Daniel Tammet is an autistic savant and author of the recent book Embracing the Wide Sky: A Tour...

Autism Epidemic? Please stop the insanity!

This study was released today, regarding the incidence of Autism in the population. According to...

Again, Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism

The evidence is in. The scientific community has reached a clear consensus that vaccines don’t...

Vaccine Wars: The Phantom Menace

It's been 9 months since I read Autism's False Prophets and participated in a discussion over at...

Vaccine/autism Link Gets Double Shot In The Arm

Parents and advocates who believe vaccines cause autism were dealt a double blow this week. On...

Autism And Schizophrenia Share Common Origin Says Researcher

Schizophrenia and autism probably share a common origin, according to Dutch researcher Annemie...

Progress In The Hunt For Autism Genes

Much of the coverage of autism in the media focuses on the arguments of advocates, scientists,...

Autism And Brain Scans: Snake Oil Or The Real Deal?

A segment on ABC’s Good Morning America May 19 caught my attention, so much so that I spent a...

Autism: Study Says Thimerosal Mercury Doesn't Have Time To Accrete In Baby Bodies

February’s issue of Pediatrics offers a study saying there is reason to rethink blaming the spike...