autism

The Journal of Epidemiology published a meta-analysis of the possible relationship between prenatal exposure to acetaminophen and subsequent attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in their offspring. You know how these “studies” work, they reviewed the literature, identified seven papers with a total of more than 132,000 “mother and child pairs,” pooled the data and reported relative risks. For ADHD, acetaminophen use resulted in a 30% increase, for ASD 24%. 

There are problems in the selection of studies on two accounts, which they explicitly report. All of the papers had a high or intermediate risk of bias, and there was a lot of heterogeneity among the studies. In short, they were often comparing apples to oranges, and because...

April is National Autism Awareness Month. One of the biggest goals of autism research is to determine its cause, and one of the best ways to achieve that is to rule out the things that do not cause it. So, let's acknowledge this month by listing all the things that do not cause autism.

Vaccines. A substantial proportion of people refuse to accept the reality that vaccines do not cause autism. This was never controversial in the scientific community. After the fraud Andrew Wakefield published his sham "study" linking vaccines to autism, the New England Journal of Medicine...

Let's start by making a very obvious statement. Perhaps the most obvious statement ever.

Car seats are safe to use.

They are so safe, it is illegal not to use them. All 50 states and the District of Columbia have child safety seat laws. These laws require children to be placed in approved child seats or booster seats when traveling in a car.  The states' rules differ at what age children can switch to using the seat belts in the car versus the booster seats. But, the overall message is clear. Car seats are safe and they must be used.

However, that didn't stop Forrest Maready from tweeting a statement earlier this week linking car seat usage to autism. Wait, what? See his tweet below.

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Barbara Demeneix, a team leader at The Paris Natural History Museum, certainly has credentials. She earned a Ph.D. in endocrinology and physiology from the University of Calgary, published two books, more than 170 papers, and received a number of awards for her work primarily focused on thyroid function.

That's why it's hard to understand, with such training and experience, how Demeneix became one of the head counselors in the "Endocrine Disruptor Camp," which all but guarantees a certain amount of nuttiness.  Once again that camp does not disappoint chemophobes and homeopaths who think any trace of any chemical does something important. This time she claims we should stop using...

Instagram set off a social media firestorm by removing a photo deemed “offensive” of a young boy with a congenital syndrome replete with facial deformities. According to Charlie Beswick— the child’s mother, this was not the first time. 

The most recent photo post (with hashtags) in question for her @ouralteredlife account here:

#ouralteredlife #...

What causes autism spectrum disorder (ASD)? We're not sure.

How many different types of ASD exist? Good question. 

How many treatments are available for ASD? Not enough. 

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is taking this lack of understanding seriously. In case anyone doubts this, the NIH put its money where its mouth is last week when the agency announced the awarding of nine research grants totaling almost $100 million, over the next five years. This is roughly ten times more than the average research grant given to a researcher. 

These grants are part of the Autism Centers of Excellence (ACE) program - created a decade ago to support research projects that aim to understand autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The Centers for Disease Control and...

Glyphosate, the active herbicide in Roundup, is pretty much always in the news, but it is even more so lately:

  • It causes cancer. (A lawsuit against Monsanto)
  • The EU says it doesn't cause cancer. 
  • It was added to California's Proposition list as a carcinogen. Except it isn't.
  • The...

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated its 'consumer update' this month, which happens to be Autism Awareness month, to bring attention to the useless autism treatments that are targeted towards parents looking to help their children.

First, the FDA is clear in stating that there is NO CURE for autism which makes any treatment claiming to be a cure one thing - a lie.  

Next, they provide sound advice to help people have a more skeptical eye when considering one of these treatments. 

Their tips for determining treatments to avoid are: 

  • Be suspicious of products that claim to treat a wide range of diseases.
  • Personal testimonials are no...

Good news. Important information on vaccines is getting through to Americans – and that's a big win for science and public health in the United States.

New data released today shows that more than eight in ten "support requiring all healthy schoolchildren to be vaccinated for measles, mumps and rubella." In addition, an overwhelming number of adults – 88 percent – "believe that the benefits of these inoculations outweigh the risks."

Results of a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center before the November elections show that 82 percent of Americans believe in the benefits of childhood vaccinations. Additionally, the survey revealed that...

If Donald Trump's anti-vaccine tweets were not enough to make the scientific and medical community nervous about the future of vaccination in this country, there is now a new reason to be concerned. Very concerned. 

It is reported that Donald Trump met this week with Robert Kennedy Jr., a vaccine denier and one of the most outspoken proponents of the false claim that vaccines cause autism. At the core of RFK Jr.'s irrational and harmful platform is the use of the preservative thimerosal in vaccines. Just two years ago, he edited the book, "Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak: The Evidence Supporting the Immediate Removal of Mercury--a Known Neurotoxin--from...