WAMC Albany, NY
"The study was a collaboration with scientists at the Karolinska Institute who lead the Swedish Twin Registry, which is a population register of all twins born in Sweden. We studied twins between the ages of 9 and 12 years old, where one twin had autism and the other did not, and used medical birth records to examine birth weight in these discordant twin pairs. We found that lighter twins in discordant twin-pairs were more than twice as likely to meet criteria for autism than heavier twins. Because these twins were identical genetically, this finding is good evidence that lower birth weight can increase risk of autism."
This is nothing new. In 2011, a study from Stanford
said the same thing.
"If these children were identical twins, why aren't the rates 100 percent for boy twins and girl twins? The environment would have to explain 23 percent and 50 percent respectively."
Studies have also shown that heavier babies are more likely
to have autism. May, 2013
It seems scientists are intend on placing the blame for autism on parents, especially the mother. Numerous studies link autism to older moms, moms who marry older dads, moms who drink, moms who smoke, moms who take antidepressants, moms who don't get enough folic acid, moms who have babies too close together, and moms who live too close to freeways.
We are not far removed from putting the blame on the cold unfeeling refrigerator mom of the 1960s. Scientists will study ANYTHING except vaccines. They refuse to do a simple comparison study of fully vaccinated and never vaccinated kids to settle the most heated debated in pediatric medicine: Do vaccines cause autism? If one in every 50 never vaccinated kids also has autism, the proof would be there. Unless and until this study is done, the question remains open. Carlisle (PA) Sentinel
"As students arrive back at school this week, not all of them will be coming to the classroom with the typical, required childhood immunizations.
"If a parent does not wish to have their child vaccinated, they may ask for an exemption under one of three reasons: medical, religious beliefs or philosophical/strong moral or ethical conviction, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. If a student is exempt from the immunizations, however, the school may remove that child from class during an outbreak, the department said.
"Dr. Chad Jumper, a physician at Boiling Springs Family Medicine, said parents may approach their family doctor about the exemption. That physician must sign off on the exemption, and then the decision goes to the school.
"Jumper said while he makes sure all parents who want an exemption get all of the facts, he generally signs off on it. A large number of people seeking the exemption aren't looking to avoid one particular shot, but want to forego all of them, he said."
The doctor is upset that parents are getting info off the Internet and not from their doctors. I posted comments.