An as yet published study shows that as many as one in 58 children in Britain have autism, according to the July 8th Guardian Unlimited. The study was conducted by seven researchers at Cambridge University, six from the Autism Research Centre, under Professor Simon Baron-Cohen. Some 12,000 children at a primary school in Cambridgeshire were studied between 2001 and 2004.
Professor Baron-Cohen, director of the centre and the country’s foremost authority on the condition, said he did not believe there was any link between the three-in-one vaccination and autism. Genetics, better recognition of the condition, environmental factors such as chemicals and children’s exposure to hormones in the womb, especially testosterone, were more likely to be the cause, he commented. ‘As for MMR, at this point one can conclude that evidence does not support the idea that the MMR causes autism.’
Two researchers, Dr. Fiona Scott and Dr Carol Stott, suggest that the MMR vaccine “could be a factor in small numbers of children.”