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  1. Vaccines & Autism
    Overview Index of SBM Posts Outside Resources Key Research   The ScienceBasedMedicine.org Reference Pages are reviews of topics relevant to science and medicine. Each consists of a concise overview of the topic from a scientific perspective, an index of the most relevant posts here on SBM, li…
  2. Blame and magical thinking: The consequences of the autism “biomed” movement
    That the myth that vaccines cause autism is indeed nothing more than a myth, a phantom, a delusion unsupported by science is no longer in doubt. In fact, it’s been many years now since it was last taken seriously by real scientists and physicians, as opposed to crank scientists and physicians,…
  3. The antivaccine movement and “autism biomed” versus “outgrowing” autism
    A commonly misunderstood aspect of autism and autism spectrum disorders (particularly by antivaccinationists and believers in the quackery known as “autism biomed”) is that autism is not a condition of developmental stasis. It is a condition of developmental delay. Autistic children can …
  4. Autism prevalence: Now estimated to be one in 88, and the antivaccine movement goes wild
    Editor’s Note: Some of you might have seen this before, but it’s an important (and timely) enough topic that I figure it’s worth exposing to a different audience. It’s been updated and edited to style for SBM. Enjoy. If there’s one thing that I’ve learned that I c…
  5. Autism and Prenatal Vitamins
    Science has found no evidence that vaccines cause autism; but the true cause(s) of autism have not yet been determined. So far the available evidence has pointed towards a largely genetic cause with possible interaction with environmental factors. A new study supports that interpretation. It also su…
  6. Autism Prevalence Higher than Thought
    Crossposted from NeuroLogica Blog Over the last 20 years the prevalence of autism (now part of autism spectrum disorder, ASD) has been increasing. The medical community is largely agreed that this increase is mostly due to expanding the diagnostic category and greater efforts at surveillance. There …
  7. The curious case of Poul Thorsen, fraud and embezzlement, and the Danish vaccine-autism studies
    If there’s one thing about the anti-vaccine movement, it’s all about the ad hominem attack. Failing to win on science, clinical trials, epidemiology, and other objective evidence, with few exceptions, anti-vaccine propagandists fall back on attacking the person instead of the evidence. F…
  8. Freeways, autism, and correlation versus causation
    I have a love-hate relationship with epidemiology. On the one hand, I love how epidemiology can look for correlations in huge sample sizes, sample sizes far larger than any that we could ever have access to in clinical trials, randomized or other. I love the ability of epidemiology to generate hypot…
  9. The final nail in the mercury-autism hypothesis?
    PROLOGUE: BAD LUCK AND BAD TIMING Two and a half years ago, very early in the history of this blog, I wrote one of my usual logorrheic (although I prefer the word “comprehensive”) posts entitled Mercury in vaccines as a cause of autism and autism spectrum disorders (ASDs): A failed hypot…
  10. Dedicated to Jake Crosby and Age of Autism…
    Yes, despite the best efforts of Jake Crosby, Age of Autism, and AoA commenters, I’m still standing. Stay tuned tomorrow for as much of the story as I can tell you. …
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