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Do vaccines cause autism?

This has been a controversial dispute for a long time and it can involve a lot of personal opinion, but I will try to answer this as scientifically as possible. There hasn't been any viable evidence ...
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Do vaccines cause autism?

You have already gotten an excellent answer on the scientific evidence for the autism-vaccination link (namely, that there isn't one). I would however like to address this part of your question ...
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Do vaccines cause autism?

Perhaps the question should be asked, can vaccines prevent autism? One fact of note is that postnatal infections with the vaccine-targeted infectious agents, including measles, mumps, and rubella, ...
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What is Asperger‘s syndrome in relation to autism?

Mental health conditions are diagnosed through criteria set out in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) produced by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). The current ...
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Is it dangerous to administer valproic acid to an adult with an autism spectrum disorder?

Fetal valproate syndrome (FVS) is now a well-known risk of using valproic acid in pregnancy. It is characterised by physical and intellectual developmental problems in the fetus, primarily with ...
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Can autoantibodies found in the father affect the embryo, and how?

I think you're right to be stumped. The text you're referring to discusses Fig. 3C in the review; they note it's preliminary data but also seem to use strange/wrong descriptions, e.g. in the Fig 3 ...
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Is autism an autoimmune disease?

I answered a similar question (Is autism caused by genetics?) on Psychology & Neuroscience where the following was found, plus I have added information regarding autoimmune responses concerning ...
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In what situations can vaccination lead to autism-like symptoms?

Hannah Poling (as the quote in the question points out) doesn't have autism - she has Mitochondrial Disease, a thankfully rare genetic disorder that relates to the bodies mitochondria and can result ...
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Is there any treatment for autism?

This is really interesting, and really difficult. First, let's get Miracle Mineral Supplement out of the way. There is a lengthy article on this up on the blog "Science-based Medicine" called ...
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Why do ~80% of children with autism appear to improve when they have a fever?

I could find one letter to the editor from 2011 that posits a few mechanisms by which increased blood flow caused by the fever might make autism symptoms better: Does fever relieve autistic behavior ...
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Is there any benefit in seeking autism/Aspergers diagnosis as an adult?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) manifests in early childhood and is characterised by qualitative abnormalities in social interactions, markedly aberrant communication skills, and restricted repetitive ...
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Is there any benefit in seeking autism/Aspergers diagnosis as an adult?

Two nice answers already, but both marching into the same direction. To round off the picture, this is the advocatus diaboli: While the existence of a diagnosis in general demands its application onto ...
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Is there any benefit in seeking autism/Aspergers diagnosis as an adult?

There are many reasons as to why an individual might seek a formal diagnosis of Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome (AS). For some, it may increase self-awareness to some degree for the sake of possibly ...
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What is Asperger‘s syndrome in relation to autism?

Asperger’s syndrome is a condition that doctors refer to as high-functioning ASD autism spectrum disorder which impacts on the individual’s ability to read and communicate socially. The symptoms of ...
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What is Asperger‘s syndrome in relation to autism?

Hans Asperger, who first reported this kind of condition, used the term "autistic psychopathy" (DOI). From very beginning of discovery of this condition, people were aware that Aspergers is ...
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What are my options to get tested for Aspergers as an adult?

I just want to know if I'm on the spectrum or not. Well, the point you made about insurance is pretty accurate, you have to have an actual problem for there to be a medial reason to investigate the ...
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What are my options to get tested for Aspergers as an adult?

At the age of fifty five, I received a diagnosis of severe ADHD. ADHD has significantly affected my life, threatened my marriage, and made my professional career...challenging. I went to see a ...
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Is there any treatment for autism?

The closest thing I'm aware of as a cure for autism is Early Intensive Behavioural Therapy. The idea behind it is to train the autistic child in basic social behaviours within the timeframe that they ...

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