Anne Jakins Posted January 19, 2004 Share Posted January 19, 2004 Rise in Autism may be a Myth – main points taken from the article by Jonathon Carr-Brown for The Sunday Times 18th January 2004 · American epidemiologists Hershel Jick and James Kaye of the Boston University school of medicine say they have proved that the rise of childhood autism is explained by a change in the way doctors diagnose behavioural disorders. · Their research is based on 280 GP surgeries with 3 million patients · They say that the data shows the rise in autism cases corresponds with a decline in the diagnoses of other developmental disorders. · They do not rule out the link between the MMR and Autism but do not hold it responsible for the large rise. · Their theory is that the children have not changed but the diagnosis has. · From 1993 to 2000 the number of children diagnosed with autism rose 25% a year while the number diagnosed with behavioural disorders fell by 25% a year. · Outside causes were ruled out by the examination of all the drugs and illnesses of 126 children diagnosed with autism and compared them to 624 healthy children. · It found no significant difference except that half the autistic children had been previously diagnosed with a behavioural disorder. · Dr Paul Shattock director of the Autism Research Unit at Sunderland University and autism pressure groups have dismissed the survey and would like a new co-ordinated study. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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