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Autism Prevalence Up 78% in the US

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A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a 78% rise in the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in United States since 2002 and a 23% increase since the last report in 2009.

The report's data show that in 2008, 1 in 88 children aged 8 years — 1 in 54 boys and 1 in 252 girls — had an ASD diagnosis by age 8, a significant jump from the current estimate of 1 in 110.

Link Between MMR Vaccine and Autism in Children Rejected

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The measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine does not cause autism in children according to the Office of Special Masters of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. The court earned the nickname “vaccine court” because it is responsible for deciding the fate of all compensation claims relating to vaccine associated injuries.

After seeing three cases apparently linking the MMR jab/thimerosal and autism, the court has ruled that that there was no relation between either the vaccine or the preservative thimerosal, which is no longer widely used in vaccines, and the condition.