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Doctor insights on: Autism Population Density Studies

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Why would there be a huge increase in autism and retardation in the population?

Why would there be a huge increase in autism and retardation in the population?

Multifactorial: Because the presentation of autism spectrum disorders is so varied and the incidence is increasing significantly the effect of environmental factors on genetics is proving to play a big role. They are many subtle ways the environment can afffect the expression of certain genes and we are learning of new genetic variants constantly. Protect your environment to protect your genes. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

ASD are a spectrum of disorders of varying degrees that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as ...Read more


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Is autism person is mentally retarded , do they have professional lives? Are they nomrally weak in studies

No: Autism presents with a spectrum of symptoms. Some can function in society quite well. Some are quite proficient in math studies ...Read more

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If studies show vaccines don't cause autism why do celebrities like jenny mccarthy still claim it?

They're confused : Celebrities aren't experts. They have opinions just like anyone else. Their opinions are personal, and unsupported by data or research. Believe competent experts, not hollywood idiots. ...Read more

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My B12 levels were 981 ng/L (range 191 -900) a few months ago & Folate 19 ug/L (range 3.8 -20). Pregnant now & worried re: the studies linking autism.

My B12 levels were 981 ng/L (range 191 -900) a few months ago & Folate 19 ug/L (range 3.8 -20). Pregnant now & worried re: the studies linking autism.

No worries: Autism is a set of symptoms without proven causes, and will likely be found to be several different disorders with a variety of causes. Meanwhile, there will be news of "possible" links to this or to that, as each year goes by. Someday, there will be proven links and proven causes. As always, everything in moderation, meaning take prenatal vitamins but don't overdo it, and eat a variety of foods. ...Read more

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Has it been looked into if an abundance of vitamin K in the blood causes autism? I know the study was of a deficiency of the vitamin. Thank you.

Has it been looked into if an abundance of vitamin K in the blood causes autism? I know the study was of a deficiency of the vitamin.  Thank you.

How to say this...: I'm glad you asked the question here. In 2006, someone in the not-so-mainstream world of unproven " biomedical" cures for autism, like treating yeast , thought that giving vit k would be curative. Later, someone decided that vitamin k shots given to newborns since i-don't- know-when were a cause of autism , claiming they were dissolved in a base..Or an acid..Or both.. See www.Quackwatch.Com. ...Read more

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Have slim pcos and conceived my 1 year old son with clomid. Just read a study linking maternal pcos to autism in baby. Now so nervous about him! Help?

ASD many factors: Fortunately, the incidence of autism spectrum disorder is generally only 1-2 %, and although there appears to be increase in frequency, there is also more awareness which leads to increased diagnosis. The Swedish study suggested a 59% increase in women with PCOS, which brings the likelihood from 1-2% to 1.6-3.2%. Still a 97% chance your child will NOT have Autism as many women with pcos attest ...Read more

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What is autism?

What is autism?

Disconnected: Autism is a disorder characterized by qualitative impairments in communication and social interaction, with restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behaviors and interests. Abnormal development is present before the age of 3 years. [1] [2] there is a history of language delay (single-word or phrase speech delay) and 25% of children lose previously acquired language skills (regression). ...Read more

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What is autism?

What is autism?

Developmental dis. : It is a neurodevelopmental disorder that falls under the category of pervasive developmental disorders. It's affects can be severe to mild which will impact when it is first recognized and diagnosed. There are usually deficits in speech/ language, sensory integration, social interactions and cognitive processing. Early diagnosis and therapeutic intervention is key to improving outcomes. ...Read more

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What is autism?

What is autism?

Autism Spectrum DO: It is classified as pervasive developmental disorder, and includes asperger syndrome, autism, childhood disintegrative disorder & rett syndrome. It is characterized by social deficits, communication difficulties, stereotyped or repetitive behaviors or interests & sometimes cognitive delays. ...Read more

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What causes autism?

Mostly genetic.: More and more genetic links to autism and autism spectrum disorders (asd's) are being found; there's even genetic testing available for siblings of patients with asd's to see if they have it, too. Good studies have shown there's no link to vaccines. ...Read more

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Is autism transmitted?

Is autism transmitted?

Its not contagious,: if that's what you mean. There are genetic links that run in families, so in that sense there is greater likelihood of ending up with autism or something related if one or more of your biological parents have it. But, genetics is very far away from being able to predict what child will get it, given the parent's symptoms. If this is your concern, find a genetic counselor for the latest... ...Read more

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Is autism overdiagnosed?

Is autism overdiagnosed?

It can be: I have several kids in my practice that carried the ASD (autism spectrum disorder) label while young were really just late talkers and have gone on to function well. Part of the difficulty is created by the lack of a definitive test (like a broken leg on x ray) and the need schools have to label a child in some way to justify the special tutoring or instruction they receive. ...Read more

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Is autism misunderstood?

By some yes,: Autism can present so many different levels of severity. Impaired social skills, impaired communication, impaired relationships can present in different degrees in different people. From my perspective, some with partial symptoms, not enough for a formal diagnosis, still can benefit from treatment to improve. ...Read more

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What is an "autism stare"?

What is an "autism stare"?

Failure to: make eye contact. Gaze avoidance. A blank look on one's face, not visually interacting. ...Read more

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What is an "autism stare"?

Uncomfortable gaze: Kids with autism are uncomfortable with eye contact. They can learn in therapy to make eye contact and often what happens is they can develop a trained "stare" in which they are trying to make eye contact (which is terribly innately uncomfortable for them) and they end up " over doing it" so to speak. I think this is what you are referring to. ...Read more

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What are the cause of autism?

Not Yet: We know from results of massive amounts of research that immunizations are not the cause.As yet, there are many theories , but nothing remotely proven. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about autism?

Can you tell me about autism?

Autism spectrum: Autism spectrum disorders are a set of complex neurobehavioral disorders that include social impairments, communication problems, and fixed, repetitive stereotypical movements. The most severe form of disorder in this group is classical autism -- but there are also milder forms known previously as asperger's. There's much more info than 400 characters will allow: http://tinyurl.Com/6y86go. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between ...Read more