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Measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination and bowel problems or developmental regression in children with autism: Population study

Taylor, BW; Miller, E; Lingam, R; Andrews, N; Simmons, A; Stowe, J; (2002) Measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination and bowel problems or developmental regression in children with autism: Population study. BMJ (Clinical Research Ed.) , 324 (7334) 393 - 396. 10.1136/bmj.324.7334.393. Green open access

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Abstract

Objectives To investigate whether measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccination is associated with bowel problems and developmental regression in children with autism, looking for evidence of a "new variant" form of autism. Design Population study with case note review linked to independently recorded vaccine data. Setting Five health districts in north east London. Participants 278 children with core autism and 195 with atypical autism, mainly identified froth computerised disability registers and born between 1979 and 1998. Main outcome measures Recorded bowel problems lasting at least three months, age of reported regression of the child's development where it was a feature, and relation of these to MMR vaccination. Results The proportion of children with developmental regression (25% overall) or bowel symptoms (17%) did not change significantly (P value for trend 0.50 and 0.47, respectively) during the 20 years from 197 9, a period which included the introduction of MMR vaccination in October 1988. No significant difference was found in rates of bowel problems or regression in children who received the MMR vaccine before their parents became concerned about their development (where MMR might have caused or triggered the autism with regression or bowel problem), compared with those who received it only after such concern and those who had not received the MMR vaccine. A possible association between non-specific bowel problems and regression in children with autism was seen but this was unrelated to MMR vaccination. Conclusions These findings provide no support for an MMR associated "new variant" form of autism with developmental regression and bowel problems, and further evidence against involvement of MMR vaccine in the initiation of autism

Type:Article
Title:Measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination and bowel problems or developmental regression in children with autism: Population study
Open access status:An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI:10.1136/bmj.324.7334.393
Additional information:Journal English Article BRITISH MED JOURNAL PUBL GROUP FEB 16 524HC LONDON BRIT MED J BRITISH MED ASSOC HOUSE, TAVISTOCK SQUARE, LONDON WC1H 9JR, ENGLAND
Keywords:age, Association, autism, BORN, bowel, British, Child, children, Communities, community, Core, design, development, DEVELOPMENTAL, DEVELOPMENTAL REGRESSION, difference, Disability, Disorders, DISTRICT, English, Form, health, INITIATION, INVOLVEMENT, Measles, MED, MMR vaccine, MUMPS, NORTH, Note, October, outcome, Outcome measures, P-Value, parent, Parents, PARTICIPANTS, population, Problems, RATES, REGISTER, REGRESSION, Result, Review, RUBELLA, RUBELLA VACCINATION, Setting, support, surveillance, SYMPTOM, SYMPTOMS, Vaccination, VACCINE
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Child Health

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