Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Has a Cause for Autism Been Found?

Yesterday I happened to be looking at the Fox News health page when I noticed the headline "Doctors Find Link Between Lyme Disease, Autism" which would certainly be significant news. Of course, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has been of prominent interest over the past decade as diagnoses have continued to increase, its alleged association with vaccines and the subsequent scientific and ethical demolition of the researcher that promoted this hypothesis. In the end Andrew Wakefield's co-authors of the paper in the Lancet that purportedly showed a link between the MMR vaccine and autism withdrew their names, the paper was retracted, and Wakefield was banned from practicing medicine in his home of England. Thus far, based on my understanding of the evidence, researchers are still looking at possible factors that lead to ASD.