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WPLab Inc. 

WPLab is a not-for-profit company that conducts research and education related to immune system dysfunction in high-income countries. A current focus is the interaction between the immune system and acetaminophen (paracetamol) early in life, and how that interaction affects brain development.

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Our Research

Below are some of our peer-reviewed publications

Minerva Pediatrics 2022

The safety of pediatric use of paracetamol (acetaminophen): a
narrative review of direct and indirect evidence 

Controversy if acetaminophen is safe for babies and children.

Acetaminophen Causes
Neurodevelopmental Injury in Susceptible Babies and Children: No Valid Rationale for Controversy

Acetaminophen and Autism

Extensive, formal critical review published in 2017: the acetaminophen-autism connection

Acetaminophen was never shown to be safe:

Proof that acetaminophen was never shown to be safe for brain development in babies and children. Published in the European Journal of Pediatrics in 2022.

Not a Conspiracy theory

Acetaminophen as a Cause of Autism: It sounds like a conspiracy theory, but it’s not

Long-term increases in non-social behavior

Acetaminophen causes long-term increases in non-social behavior when used in baby rats at levels assumed to be safe in baby humans: An experimental study from Duke University published in 2021.

 Real Clear Investigations

A review of evidence from 2018 published in a main-stream news outlet: Real Clear Investigations

The Link Between Autism and Acetaminophen

Acetaminophen is one of the country’s most popular over-the-counter pain relievers, but there is a concerning link to the development of autism. This page is devoted to an objective look at the connection between acetaminophen use and the recent rise of autism. Although most infants and children are probably safe when taking acetaminophen, current evidence indicates that many infants and children, especially boys, have a condition (called oxidative stress) that, when combined with acetaminophen, leads to the development of autism. Above, there are various articles and blog post links where you can view our current knowledge regarding the connection between acetaminophen and autism. 

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