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Science Briefing

Measles vaccine not tied to autism

September 06, 2008|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

New research further debunks any link between the measles vaccine and autism, a finding that comes as the nation is experiencing a surge in measles cases fueled by children left unvaccinated.

Years of research with the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, better known as MMR, have found that it doesn't cause autism. Still, some parents' fears persist, in part due to a 1998 British study that linked the vaccine with a subgroup of autistic children who also had serious gastrointestinal problems.

In the new study, published in the online journal PLoS ONE, researchers retested that result and found no evidence that MMR played any role.

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