Autism and Environment

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Alice Park, Time Magazine senior science reporter, discusses new studies that suggest not just genetic but also environmental factors play a role in autism.


Alice Park

Comments [5]

Iguanaluv from NY, NY

So really there is no new information, only more speculation. So now Autism could be the result of anti-depressants, genetics, vaccines, etc... or not.
So what else is new? Still no definitive answers? What a shame. Tired of hearing the same ol' story.

Jul. 07 2011 11:31 AM
Fuva from Harlemworld

...And even if you're not personally taking anti-depressants, isn't it in the water supply, because you're neighbors are?

Jul. 07 2011 11:17 AM
martin Gittelman from west side

There has been a massive change in diagnosis since the appearance of studies on"childhood schizophrenia" which demonstrated a correlation between perinatal complications. See Gittelman and Birch, Arch Gen Psychiat. 1967. Following this and other studies(see Pasamanick and Knobloch),these children were now termed Autistic.
Another issue was the introduction of the Education for All Handicapped Children,which guaranteed public education for Autistic and all other children. Prior to the law these kids were excluded from PS education

Jul. 07 2011 11:14 AM
Fuva from Harlemworld

The andipressant aspect is very interesting.
Hasn't anti-depressant use risen in the same period that autism has?
What's the interaction between depression and/or antidepressants and vaccines, for instance?

Jul. 07 2011 11:03 AM
yourgo from astoria

It sounds to me that all the pillpopping is a cause to this. Cut the pills when your pregnant sounds like good option.

Stop Americas addiction on corporate drugs!

Jul. 07 2011 11:02 AM

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