A 53-year-old member asked:
Disclaimer

is it true that the recent autism epidemic is a result of radiation poisoning caused by chernobyl in 1986?

2 doctor answers
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
No: Hypothetically anything is possible, but no, ionizing radiation (such as from chernobyl) and electromagnetic radiation (such as from tv's, cell phones, and microwave ovens) have not been shown to cause autism. Our society's increased exposure to emf (electromagnetic fields) from modern technology such as cell phones has occurred coincidentally at the same time as a rise in autism "diagnoses".
Answered on Dec 12, 2014
Dr. Kevin Windisch
24 years experience Pediatrics
No: We started routinely training pediatricians in developmental pediatrics and changed the definition of autism to include more patients in the early 80's. These two changes probably account for the increased rate of autism diagnoses.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
1
1 thank

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month

Related questions:

A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Windisch
24 years experience Pediatrics
Nothing: Most pediatricians don't believe that there is a true epidemic. We are seeing improved detection resulting from better education of physicians as wel ... Read More
2
2 thanks
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
42 years experience Child Psychiatry
Yes, by numbers: A recent report from the centers for disease control (cdc) estimated ASD at 1 in 88 live births, the highest estimate yet. This contrasts with estima ... Read More
2
2 thanks
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
38 years experience Family Medicine
No there is more: It is true that there is more recognition now than before, but you can't account for the increase just by more vigilant diagnosis. If you talk to old ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Satulovsky
27 years experience Psychiatry
Surprisingly: It could, for many, indirect and unexpected reasons that we can not discuss here for the lack of time. It requires some sitting and discussing it.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month