Researchers mull possible autism triggers

The journal Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine has this month published a new study by Cornell University researchers that provides evidence of a rainfall-related environmental trigger for autism among genetically vulnerable children. “This analysis is an important first step towards identifying a specific environmental trigger, or triggers, for autism,” said the study’s lead author Michael Waldman.

While many autism experts believe that the disorder is triggered by the combination of an environmental trigger and a genetic predisposition, there are few clues as to what the important environmental triggers might be. “Our hope is that this study will spur those in the medical community to investigate what the specific trigger might be that is driving our findings, so that countless children can be spared an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis,” said Waldman, a professor of management and economics.

The researchers discuss several possible environmental triggers related to higher levels of rainfall, including increased rates of early childhood television and video viewing, increased rates of vitamin D deficiency, and an increased exposure to chemicals used in household cleaners that children who spend more time indoors would likely experience. The research team plans to conduct further statistical studies aimed at identifying which of these possibilities are actual triggers for the disorder.

The study – based on a statistical estimate of how many autistic children in the sample were diagnosed with autism due to the added or incremental exposure to the possible environmental triggers related to precipitation – suggest that as many as 30 percent or more of autism diagnoses may be due to an environmental trigger or triggers related to levels of precipitation where the children live.

The researchers say that their findings solidify the need for further research focused on identifying what the exact environmental trigger might be.

Related:
Autism, Asperger’s and Evolution
Uncovering Autism’s Disconnects
ADHD A Benefit In The Wild?

Source: Cornell University

, ,

Comments are closed.

mta autism patch autism awareness  picture

mta autism patch autism awareness 

$8.00



4in x 4in Puzzle Piece I Have Autism Sticker Car Truck Vehicle Bumper Decal picture

4in x 4in Puzzle Piece I Have Autism Sticker Car Truck Vehicle Bumper Decal

$6.99



5in x 3in Child in Vehicle Has Autism Vinyl Sticker picture

5in x 3in Child in Vehicle Has Autism Vinyl Sticker

$6.99



5in x 3in Child in Vehicle Has Autism Magnet picture

5in x 3in Child in Vehicle Has Autism Magnet

$9.99



Squiid Game Pop It Keyring SimpleDimple Keychain Fidget Autism Toy Kid Adult 5PC picture

Squiid Game Pop It Keyring SimpleDimple Keychain Fidget Autism Toy Kid Adult 5PC

$13.07



10 Puzzle Piece Charms Pendants Stamping Blank Autism Awareness Antiqued Silver  picture

10 Puzzle Piece Charms Pendants Stamping Blank Autism Awareness Antiqued Silver

$2.88



Autism Awareness Bexar County Sheriff State Texas TX Colorful  picture

Autism Awareness Bexar County Sheriff State Texas TX Colorful

$10.99



Magnetic Bumper Sticker - Autism Awareness (Puzzle Pieces, Autistic) - Support picture

Magnetic Bumper Sticker - Autism Awareness (Puzzle Pieces, Autistic) - Support

$6.99



10in x 3in My Child Has Autism Bumper Sticker Car Truck Vehicle Bumper Decal picture

10in x 3in My Child Has Autism Bumper Sticker Car Truck Vehicle Bumper Decal

$6.99



4in x 4in Puzzle Piece Child in Car Has Autism Vinyl Sticker Truck Vehicle Decal picture

4in x 4in Puzzle Piece Child in Car Has Autism Vinyl Sticker Truck Vehicle Decal

$6.99



Powered by WordPress. Designed by WooThemes