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Are too many children autistic?

Are too many children autistic?

Like other physicians and families of people with autism, I puzzle over the increased number of children and adults diagnosed with autism. And most all of us have theories about why we now believe 1 in 68 children have autism spectrum disorders. People point out that “when they were children” they never knew of anyone with autism.There … Continue reading Are too many children autistic?

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Reconsidering vaccination- a book review

Reconsidering vaccination- a book review

In 1961,  my mother and I went to my school on a Sunday afternoon to receive the newly released oral polio vaccine. She along with other parents eagerly sought a way to prevent a dreaded disease that had the potential to cripple or even kill their children. In medical school I learned about diphtheria, a … Continue reading Reconsidering vaccination- a book review

6 smart facts about antibiotics

We've already looked at how antibiotic resistance develops and why it's important. Now let's consider 6 more important facts about using antibiotics appropriately. Antibiotics save lives. “The discovery of penicillin in 1928 by Alexander Fleming was one of the greatest scientific achievements of the 20th century. It’s hard to imagine a world before the development … Continue reading 6 smart facts about antibiotics