Now here's a connection I haven't heard!
From CNN: Could there be a correlation between rainfall and autism rates in children? That's what a new study suggests. Lead researcher and Cornell University Professor Michael Waldman says his team found that in California, Oregon and Washington, counties with a higher annual rainfall had higher autism rates in school-age children.
Their study also showed children who lived in rainy climates before the age of 3, were more prone to developing autism. Waldman says the findings suggest that autism may not be entirely genetic, as some scientists believe. He believes possible explanations could be that when rain forces children indoors, they may be deprived of vitamin D. Other scientists are dubious about the results but say more research is needed.
The study will be published in this month's issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.
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