Autism is a pathological condition that lasts a lifetime, which compromises social communication and induces repetitive behavior with no practical goals.
Unfortunately, to date there are no effective drugs against the symptoms of autism, while the educational interventions mediated by the parents, if guided by the professionals, and the intensive behavioral programs have shown an efficacy, even if limited. The most studied are based on applied behavioral analysis (ABA, applied behavioral analysis)
In the early 90s there was an increase in autism cases, coinciding with the mass spread of vaccinations, which are carried out in the first years of life, just when we begin to diagnose autism.
It was then demonstrated, after years of scientific studies, that these are only coincidental temporal coincidences: the apparent increase in cases of autism in developed countries is due to the fact that new diagnostic criteria have been introduced, which have made easier and more precise the diagnosis of autism. It goes without saying therefore that the cases of autism have not increased, but that the ability to detect them has instead improved. Furthermore, the spread of vaccines in the 1990s soon reached a high percentage of the population and in the following years remained almost unchanged, while the diagnosis of autism doubled in the first decade of the 21st century, until reaching a child every 68 in 8 years in the USA (CDC, 2012) and one in every 100 in Italy (ISTAT, 2016).
Andrew Wakefield, a former surgeon (later removed from the register of doctors in Great Britain), published a study of 12 children with other authors in 1998 in which he stated that the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine would have led to the onset of autism. He advised abandoning this vaccine to use a single vaccination for each disease instead, a formulation that the same doctor had recently patented. He had also received £ 500.000 from the lawyers of autistic children who were aiming to obtain compensation from the state for those who have been damaged by the vaccines.
An investigation was opened, which led to the discovery of serious ethical and scientific irregularities and the falsity of his conclusions: the co-authors withdrew their signature from the article while Wakefield never admitted the bias of his work. So Wakefield was shamed by the order of the doctors, with infamy.