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MMR autism link discredited by NHS research

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The link between MMR and autism has been further discredited by research findings that at least one in every 100 adults has a form of autism, a near identical rate to that in children

The research, which polled 4,000 households in England and asked people a series of questions on their psychiatric health, found no evidence to suggest rates of autism were increasing and rejected claims of a link between the condition and the MMR vaccine. It also found that autism was more common among men (1.8%) than women (0.2%).

The report, funded by the Department of health, looked at autistic spectrum disorders, including Asperger’s syndrome, indicating that sufferers may exhibit a wide range of problems including trouble communicating their feelings and interacting with others.

Tim Straughan, chief executive of The NHS Information Centre for Health and Social Care, said: ‘The recent report by the National Audit Office on supporting people with autism through adulthood suggests very little recognition and service provision by local authorities or the NHS for adults with autism spectrum disorder.’

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