Autism - vaccination link challenged

A new study conducted at Columbia University looked at the relationship between a vaccine used to prevent measles, mumps and rubella and the development of autism. In 1998, a British researcher examined 12 autistic children. A possible link between the vaccination and autism was found. In the new study, researchers identified the timing of the onset of behavioural symptoms and the administration of the vaccine. Biopsies were performed on the GI tract of children with the autism diagnosis and those without. They found no differences between the groups in terms of the presence of the vaccine or signs of measles. Autism advocates praised the studies for highlighting GI problems among autistic children, but noted that the results did not rule out the role of all vaccines.

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