The size of the problem
A major review into autism
published today is the first to acknowledge the size of the problem.
The report by the Medical Research Council (MRC)
says that autism can no longer be considered a rare condition, and estimates
that it affects six young people in every 1,000. It is not clear, however, if
there has been a real increase in the number of cases or simply that changes
in the definition of autism combined with different diagnostic practices and
greater public awareness are responsible for the increase. The MRC was asked
by the Government in March to provide a clear picture of what is known about autism.
Three groups of scientists were set up to examine the evidence, assisted by
lay people involved in autism. The review reaches no conclusion about the
cause of the disorder, suggesting that it has both a genetic and an
environmental cause. The MRC team says that current evidence does not support
any link between the MMR vaccine and autism.
It says that
apparent links with gut disorders are worth further investigation and that
suggested links with vaccines, drugs, toxins, infections and diet should also
be tested so that the less likely ideas can quickly be put to one side.
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"A foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of truth."
-- Albert Einstein, letter to a friend, 1901
"I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves, and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education."
-- Thomas Jefferson, letter to William C. Jarvis, September 28, 1820
"What's the point of vaccination if it doesn't protect you from the unvaccinated?"
-- Sandy Gottstein
"Who gets to decide what the greater good is and how many will be sacrificed to it?"