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Though autism's genetic factors explain most of autism risk, they do not explain all of it. A common hypothesis is that autism is caused by the interaction of a genetic predisposition and an early environmental insult.
“This finding reinforces the suggestion that autoimmune processes are connected somehow with the cause of autism and autism spectrum disorder,” said researcher William W. Eaton, chairman of the Department of Mental Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. “This finding is on the pathway of finding the cause of autism.”
The risk of autism is associated with several prenatal risk factors, including advanced age in either parent, and diabetes, bleeding, and use of psychiatric drugs in the mother during pregnancy. Autism has been linked to birth defect agents acting during the first eight weeks from conception, though these cases are rare.
A child's risk of developing autism is associated with the age of its mother and father at birth. The biological reasons for this are unknown: possible explanations include increased risk of pregnancy complications; maternal autoimmunity;
Originally posted by Illusionsaregrander
I have an autistic cat.
Originally posted by DeepThoughtCriminal
reply to post by Jomina
Was the link between the vaccine and the onset of your son's condition proven?
You call science BS? Well, I pity you.
Originally posted by glitchinthematrix
I have to say there is something to the vaccine thing, debunked or not. Have you ever noticed how the people debunking this theory are involved with big pharma somehow?