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Will lead toys have link to autism?

Not likely : Unless a toy has been inappropriately constructed they have not for years nor should they now have lead in them. Paint should not contain lead either. This means that the risk of exposure to lead has significantly decreased for most children in this country but the incidence of autism has increased significantly. There are serious consequences of lead exposure that are neurologic but not autism. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between genetic and environmental factors. Patients with autism may display significant delays in certain developmental areas while having normal or superior strengths in other developmental or learning domains. The severity of the disorder is highly variable ...Read more


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Can too much independent play be a sign of autism?

Can too much independent play be a sign of autism?

It depends...: Children need independent play to grow and develop the imagination. While children who have difficulty socially interacting with other children is concerning for autism, just because a child is playing alone don't worry too much. Shyness is real too. Discuss your concerns with your doctor so that he or she can assess "the big picture". ...Read more

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Does a link exist between immunizations and autism?

Does a link exist between immunizations and autism?

Fraudulent data: Several studies have disproven the link, which was originally published in 1998 by dr. Andrew wakefield. An investigation by the british medical journal (bmj) concluded that dr.Wakefield faked data and created an elaborate fraud, causing long-lasting damage to public health. In fact, the original study was eventually retracted in 2010, and dr, wakefield lost his license. ...Read more

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Can there be a link between immunizations and autism?

No: Autism is usually diagnosed by around age 2-4 years. Most children receive the bulk of their childhood vaccinations during the first 4 years of life. This is a case of guilt by association. Autism has a variety of causes but most experts do not believe it is caused or activated by vaccinations. You should always discuss risks and benefits associated with vaccinations with your child's provider. ...Read more

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Did anyone discover the link between autism and schizophrenia?

Did anyone discover the link between autism and schizophrenia?

Active research: There does seem to be an increased risk for schizophrenia in the autistic population and there are been some genetic markers identified that share some similarity in the two disorders. Having said that the majority of patients with autism will not develop schizophrenia and vice versa. As our understanding of genetics increases we will hopefully learn more about cause, treatment, and prevention. ...Read more

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My 6 month old had said "mama" a few times then stopped. Is this a sign of autism? I read any loss of language at any age is a sign.

My 6 month old had said "mama" a few times then stopped.  Is this a sign of autism?  I read any loss of language at any age is a sign.

Good question, good: Answers! a 6-mo.Old baby communicates non-verbally;e.g., lifting his/her arms to be picked up. For receptive language, begins to inhibit a behavior;e.g., when you say "no" in a low, firm voice while removing him/her from something you don't want touched. Stranger anxiety, also. The aap's healhy child app can be personalized or go to www.Aap.Org & firstsigns.Org has developmental screens. ...Read more

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My 4.5 month old has started to move his head side to side like saying "no" very often. Someone told me is a sign of autism. Is this true?

Not really: Is your child doing this as a reaction to your face? Is your child doing this when you are not looking at him? This sounds like an interaction between you and your child so I do not think this is concerning. Is your child doing any other concerning behaviors? Is he fussy and irritable a lot? No eye contact or does not seem to be interested in people including you the parents? ...Read more

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Is this new evidence that MMR may cause autism after all? Http://t.Co/pkcuulr

Is this new evidence that MMR may cause autism after all? Http://t.Co/pkcuulr

No.: No evidence at all for mmr, or any vaccine, being causative for autism. And, plenty of evidence to the contrary. (nice question from a 2 year-old, and very relevant, but now get going and get your parents to catch you up on your vaccinations. You are overdue, and mumps, measles and rubella are problematic diseases that could have serious effects). ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

Autism spectrum disorder, also called pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), is a type of condition that includes life-long impairment in the ability to communicate and to have normal social interactions. These include ...Read more