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Mrsa Caused Autism
Young adult woman with autism (oahu) diagnosed with MRSA with an abscess, second abscess 2 weeks later, 3days later upper resp infection--also mrsa?
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
No: Although it is likely that environmental exposures have contributed to the recent rise in autism, there is no credible evidence that the MMR vaccine has caused or contributed to increased autism. The study that first raised the concern has now been discredited as fraudulent. Autism is more common in babies born near superfund sites or with high levels of organophosphate pesticides. ...Read moreSee 14 more doctor answers
One of the hallmarks: Of autistic spectrum disorder is an uneven cognitive profile, doing as well if not better than same-age peers in some areas while having difficulty in others. For example, rote memory & non-verbal problem-solving can be excellent, while social communication & reciprocal social interactions are areas of difficulty. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by upper airway collapse or flaccidity. It can also be due to enlarged tonsils and adenoids. Autistic patients can suffer from osa, but osa has not be found to cause autism, although children with autism can have worsened autistic symptoms from untreated osa. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Autistic Spectrum: Disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder diagnosed by history ; clinical observation of qualitative impairments in social communication ; social reciprocity + stereotypical, repetitive, non-functional motor movements or narrow , restricted areas of interest. Genetic ; epigenetic (factors that change function, but not structure or sequence of fetal genes) are the major known causes, . ...Read more
There are many known: Causes: > 30 known syndromes, "copy repeat errors" in small bits of dna in certain genes, factors that change the function of certain fetal genes early in pregnancy, (e.g., toxins, viruses & ? Folic Acid levels). Specific atypical white matter development is seen on brain mri's in infants long before they show clinical signs of asd. The ? Is, what triggers the expression of the altered genes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Genetic: Leading theories include strong genetic predisposition as we know that autism runs in families. There are twin studies that support this from leading universities. Sometimes "chunks" of DNA are missing, or duplicated. We also know of anatomic brain differences in children on the spectrum versus "neurotypical" kids. The way their "brains are wired" is "different" we are learning. ...Read more
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Unknown: Although it unquestionably is true that autism and related disorders are much more commonly diagnosed now thany they were 20 years ago, why remains controversial. A well-established partial explanation is, we broadened the definition markedly, so many more are "eligible" for this diagnosis than used to be the case. Some believe there is a "real" increase; others do not. Causes remain unknown. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
No.: No evidence at all for mmr, or any vaccine, being causative for autism. And, plenty of evidence to the contrary. (nice question from a 2 year-old, and very relevant, but now get going and get your parents to catch you up on your vaccinations. You are overdue, and mumps, measles and rubella are problematic diseases that could have serious effects). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Unlikely : The mental impairments associated with lead toxicity are qualitatively different from the autism spectrum, so childhood exposure to these compounds while bad, would not yield autism. There is room for speculation on whether a mothers exposure to toxic substances in life could cause the genetic codon changes in her eggs that are later identified in autistic kids. ...Read more
I just turned 21 yesterday and my friend says I'll be fine but I'm worried cause I'm high functioning autism and worried about the effects on autisn?
Maturing: Turning 21 solidifies for many that you are an adult albeit a young adult. You're likely responding to a new awareness of what others your age are doing academically and socially. The process of separating from home is well underway, perhaps a sensitive area for you as friendships and interacting with others may be quite painful. Having a therapist's help may make a big difference. Best wishes. ...Read more
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Antenatal factors : Some syndromes cause autistic spectrum disorder & intellectual disability. Chromosomal microarrays find genetic errors in ~15% of kids with ASD. Maternal low folate (folic acid) levels at conception, rubella, "flu", obesity, advanced age & alcohol/drug use from 3 wks.post-conception-term are some epigenetic factors that alter function, but not structure or sequence, of fetal genes & increase risk of ASD. ...Read more
Autism's a pervasive: Developmental disorder affecting many aspects of function. It's a challenge for child & family. Anyone may regress to a lower level of function when overwhelmed but a child with autism is more easily overwhelmed by the world even with excellent family & therapeutic support. Regression indicates something is overwhelming the child. Strive to identify the cause while continuing support. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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