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Could exposure to china's lead-based paint products cause autism in children?

Could exposure to china's lead-based paint products cause autism in children?

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

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

Autism is 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 genetic and environmental factors. Patients with autism may display significant delays in certain developmental areas while having normal or superior strengths in other developmental or learning domains. The severity of the disorder is highly variable ...Read more


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When people mention environmental toxins may cause autism, what exactly are these factors?

When people mention environmental toxins may cause autism, what exactly are these factors?

Nobody really knows: Some people have a theory that toxins in the environment may be one of the causes of autism. The word toxins refers to substances that are increased in our world due to our modern, industrialized society. That means all the things that we use, or that are used to produce the goods we have, can be the toxins in our environment. There are too many chemicals or substances to count. ...Read more

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Is this new evidence that MMR may cause autism after all? Http://t.Co/pkcuulr

Is this new evidence that MMR may cause autism after all? Http://t.Co/pkcuulr

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 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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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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What can cause autism in children?

What can cause autism in children?

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

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What causes some kids with autism to regress?

What causes some kids with autism to regress?

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 more

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Please advise me. What do you think causes autism?

Please advise me. What do you think causes autism?

Autism: Truth is we do not know what causes autism. As time goes on pervasive developmental disorder is a spectrum of disorder ranging from mild to what we traditionally thought of as autistic children. The rise in incidence maybe some factor or may simple be our increasing awareness of it. ...Read more

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What is the main cause for autism and what are symptoms?

Genetics: The main cause of autism is thought to be genetic with environmental injury or toxin. Symptoms are language delay or loss, social incompetence, repetitive stylized behaviors or movements. The nimh has a great website for all things to do with ad. http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/a-parents-guide-to-autism-spectrum-disorder/what-are-the-symptoms-of-asd.shtml. ...Read more

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What is the best current explanation for autism's causes?

What is the best current explanation for autism's causes?

Some new ideas: There are some interesting findings that emerged initially when studying families with more than one affected autistic child. Chromosome micro array tests have shown minor, significant distortions of genetic info carried in the chms of these kids. The same defects have been seen in other autistic kids but not always the same locations. This would suggest events prior to or at conception/not latr. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

Autism spectrum disorder, also called pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), is a type of condition that includes life-long impairment in the ability to communicate and to have normal social interactions. These include ...Read more