Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Autism Clusters

FROM NBC: Researchers at UC Davis have identified ten locations in California where the incidence of autism is higher in than surrounding areas. The research project aimed to find environmental triggers associated with autism. What they found were clusters of autism cases in areas with white, highly-educated parents.

Many cases were also found near major autism treatment centers -- suggesting that improved access to healthcare led to those clusters.
Researchers say the search for environmental triggers will continue, and that potential causes could be more widespread. For example -- researchers will begin to examine dust samples from homes to look for common chemicals that might play a role. Autism affects as many as one in 110 U.S. children.

I was so hopeful until I read the line about the autism treatment centers....

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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