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Apparent increase in autism in children has stopped, study shows

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 31 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:248
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    The apparent increase in the number of children with autism has levelled out after peaking in 1992, reports a UK cohort study published last week. The results show that the rise in the number of cases reported previously may have been due to greater awareness of autism and to changes in diagnostic criteria, and the plateau in the prevalence of autism provides further evidence against an association with the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccination (Archive of Diseases of Childhood 2003;88:666-70).

    The cohort study of 567 children in five districts in northeast London who were born between 1979 and 1998 and who were given a diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder showed …

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