Children & Autism
Sharp rise of autism in Rhode Island raises concerns:
Rhode Island, the smallest state in the U.S. has a disproportionately large number of children with autism per capita. Autism has increased by 1,115% between 1994 and 2002 in that state. On June 30, 1994 there were 41 children with this diagnosis. By June 2002 that number had risen to 438. Statewide there are more children with autism in the lower grades. More disturbing is the number of preschool children with the diagnosis.
F. Edward Yazbak, MD, FAAP with TL Autism Research in Falmouth, Mass., says "...the scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention keep repeating that they know what does not cause autism but so far, have not come up with a single clinical study to find out what does, or a reasonable explanation for the increase...now is the time for the "control" and "prevention of autism."
(Dr. Yazbak, a recently retired pediatrician and author of several papers on autism as well as the relationship of vaccines and certain clinical conditions in infants, children and pregnant women. He is a featured speaker at the ICA Pediatric Council International Annual Conference scheduled for November 7-9 in Squaw Valley/Lake Tahoe in California.)