Environmental Factors Likely Behind California’s Alarming Autism Rate

The UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute  has released the results of its latest study: UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute study shows California’s autism increase not due to better counting, diagnosis.  The study suggests that the seven to eight fold increase of autism cases in the state of California are not due to widened diagnostic criteria or better identification of autism on the part of healthcare practitioners.

Published in the January 2009 issue of the journal Epidemiology, results from the study also suggest that research should shift from genetics to the host of chemicals and infectious microbes in the environment that are likely at the root of changes in the neurodevelopment of California’s children. Source: UC Davis

This study will hopefully lead researchers down the right path to determinining what causes autism.

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