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Is -- the CDC says one and fifty American children are now affected by the autism spectrum disorders.
That's up from earlier estimates of one an 88 so isn't something causing this for example could be.
Vaccine that's been.
Much talked about here to tackle today's medical myths about autism fox is medically team's doctor Marc Siegel.
Continued after seeing the disintegrates so let's start with that true or false vaccines.
Lead to autism.
Absolutely not vaccines cannot cause autism in fact the institute of medicine has ruled its previously on this looking at a multiple studies.
Vaccines -- and -- measles mumps rubella vaccine hasn't been associated with autism.
Vaccines that contain Mercury containing compounds -- notice the mirrors all.
Do not lead to autism a latest study that just came out of the journal pediatrics looking -- over a thousand kids.
Shows no association with even getting a lot of vaccines early in childhood and -- the I think we should move away from that and look what else in the environment may be causing.
Interstate autism causes and violence a lot of this was spearheaded at least the discussion after.
Adam lands in the Connecticut to -- situation.
It's really important that people know that that is a myth.
Kids that have autism may have trouble with socialization skills and communications and they -- get easily frustrated.
Even have meltdowns there's absolutely no association with the increased violence to others.
And that is a very dangerous -- to have out there.
Much more likely they would do harm to themselves.
Autism is contagious and what you mean by this is not like a -- you spread the germs but if other kids interact with somebody who's on the spectrum.
That you're not going to suddenly start think he -- in that way so that's false right.
That's absolutely false -- that is another dangerous -- as a matter of fact there's a study that shows that you have a 40% increase in diagnosis.
If you live near someone that has autistic spectrum disorder but that's because.
Parents -- more aware of the problem.
I think that if a child plays with another child who has autism they -- empathy they learned compassion they learn how to care for another human being and that's really important.
And so it can go both ways.
It early intervention helped so we talked a lot about that.
On this particular show so that obviously it's true not only is that true or not only do you learn the skills by role modeling but let me tell you -- shocking statistic did you know that.
If you diagnose autism earlier most researchers say around eighteen months you can start to diagnose it.
-- kindergarten age twenty to 50%.
Of autistic children are going to be able to return to normal education to general education in kindergarten.
That is amazing.
So we have to not over diagnosis but we have to diagnose it early.
Get our kids -- to treatment that have it.
And they may give back to general education.
OK doctor marks and -- thanks so much for bringing us and making us more aware of autism awareness month very important -- expert thank you.
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