Revisiting the Autism “Epidemic”

Anyone who cares about autism, and particularly the supposed spike in autism in recent years, would do well to read this very informative, cogent, and non-hysterical OpEd by Paul T....

TV causes autism? I doubt it.

...autism, and this leads them to seek out a diagnosis of autism for their kids. They have the same kids, it is just that TV makes them believe that their...

Why has autism gone up so much? Has autism gone up so much?

...devoted to the frequency of autism. Because the term autism covers such a wide spectrum of diagnoses, even pinning down the simplest questions like “how much has autism risen?” or...

TV's Relationship to Mental Retardation and Autism

...autism has a strong genetic component (see e.g., Rimland (1964) and Folstein and Rutter (1977)). So one explanation for our autism results is that at least for some children diagnosed...

An Autism Explanation That Has Nothing to Do With Watching TV

Here’s a very accessible and nicely written article by Simon Baron-Cohen, the eminent autism researcher at Cambridge University, explaining his “assortive mating” theory of the condition. It doesn’t go deep...

The Wall Street Journal on Economists and Autism (and why isn’t the Wall Street Journal free online?)

After Slate wrote about an economics paper alleging a link between TV and autism, I blogged my skepticism regarding the claim. I haven’t seen or heard anything since that time...

Autism: A Disease of the Rich?

The higher rates of diagnosed autism among the wealthy has long been thought to be a result of higher rates of diagnosis (or “diagnostic?ascertainment bias”) – i.e., wealthier families having...

Congress Increases Funding for Autism Research by 50%

Here’s the story. Our previous posts about autism can be found here and here and here....

The Data-Driven Guide to Sane Parenting (Ep. 376)

...of vaccines. Vaccines do not cause autism. We have a tremendous amount of data showing that that is not true. They do not cause autism. The kinds of things people...