08/27/2012 10:35 am ET Updated Aug 27, 2012

An Immune Disorder At The Root Of Autism

In recent years, scientists have made extraordinary advances in understanding the causes of autism, now estimated to afflict 1 in 88 children. But remarkably little of this understanding has percolated into popular awareness, which often remains fixated on vaccines.

So here’s the short of it: At least a subset of autism -- perhaps one-third, and very likely more -- looks like a type of inflammatory disease. And it begins in the womb.

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