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posted by janrinok on Friday March 28 2014, @06:42PM   Printer-friendly
from the who-cares-what-Jenny-McCarthy-thinks dept.

GungnirSniper writes:

An abstract of a study released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that the study's "2010 [Autism Spectrum Disorder] prevalence estimate of 14.7 per 1,000 (95% CI = 14.3-15.1), or one in 68 children aged 8 years, was 29% higher than the preceding estimate of 11.3 per 1,000 (95% CI = 11.0-11.7), or one in 88 children aged 8 years in 2008." Of the sites surveyed, four counties in New Jersey had the highest prevalence estimate, with 21.9 per 1,000 (95% CI = 20.4-23.6).

National Public Radio quotes CDC experts that "skyrocketing estimates don't necessarily mean that kids are more likely to have autism now than they were 10 years ago."

"It may be that we're getting better at identifying autism," says , director of the CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities.
Researchers say intervention in early childhood may help the developing brain compensate by rewiring to work around the trouble spots.

Another abstract of a "small, explorative study" from The New England Journal of Medicine describes Patches of Disorganization in the Neocortex of Children with Autism and suggests "a probable dysregulation of layer formation and layer-specific neuronal differentiation at prenatal developmental stages." CBS News demystifies the study as "brain abnormalities may begin in utero." [Ed's note: Link intermittent]

Last month, we discussed findings that suggest that delaying fatherhood may increase the risk of fathering children with disorders including Autism.

 
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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by d on Friday March 28 2014, @07:19PM

    by d (523) on Friday March 28 2014, @07:19PM (#22640)

    I bet this has ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with feeding kids with drugs when they allegedly suffer from ADHD...

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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Ethanol-fueled on Friday March 28 2014, @07:27PM

    by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Friday March 28 2014, @07:27PM (#22645) Homepage

    More likely that the mothers are taking prescription drugs (painkillers, psychotropic drugs). Bipolar 2 for example is the kind of bipolar that 90% of women are diagnosed with, and guess what, we have a pill for that! Of course it's safe to take during pregnancy, trust us.

    • (Score: 2, Insightful) by JoeMerchant on Friday March 28 2014, @07:46PM

      by JoeMerchant (3937) on Friday March 28 2014, @07:46PM (#22656)

      There's a strong genetic component that pre-dispositions to Autism, but there's probably an environmental trigger that combines with it.

      My wife wasn't taking any drugs (unless you count the pre-natal vitamins prescribed by her doctor), and we've got 2 boys, both diagnosed and clearly more severe than "Aspergers."

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      • (Score: 1, Troll) by Ethanol-fueled on Friday March 28 2014, @07:56PM

        by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Friday March 28 2014, @07:56PM (#22663) Homepage

        Not trying to pry, but for the sake of science, would you mind letting us know if the age of you and/or your wife at the time of the pregnancies was believed to be a factor?

        My own anecdotes are contradictory, my mid-40's aged teacher got pregnant and had a perfectly normal, healthy kid. My friend had in her late 30's a daughter who managed to be fine mentally but was born with only one kidney.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 28 2014, @08:51PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 28 2014, @08:51PM (#22690)
          I postulate that accumulated pollutants are causing this rise in defective on arrival babies.
        • (Score: 2) by dry on Saturday March 29 2014, @04:14AM

          by dry (223) on Saturday March 29 2014, @04:14AM (#22820) Journal

          Not the parent but my wife was 23 and I was 31 when our autistic son was born.
          She wasn't on any drugs either and I was a light pot smoker.

        • (Score: 1) by JoeMerchant on Saturday March 29 2014, @11:59PM

          by JoeMerchant (3937) on Saturday March 29 2014, @11:59PM (#22969)

          Anecdotal means nothing in the greater discussion and scientific evaluation (and, of course, everything to the individuals) - with present rates quoted at 1/42 boys born, I congratulate your two friends on falling into the "easier to mesh with society" side of the lottery. However, if it's just a lottery, we just pulled out a 1/1700 winner.

          We are older - and there may be a behavioral selection bias there (don't find mates until later, yadda yadda) The kids were born at mom's age 37 and 39.

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      • (Score: 1) by sbgen on Friday March 28 2014, @09:28PM

        by sbgen (1302) on Friday March 28 2014, @09:28PM (#22717)

        Forgive me if this is personal, what age did they get diagnosed? I am sure you are aware of the importance of early detection and intervention in this case. It is true there is a genetic component to this disorder which is likely very strongly influenced by environmental trigger/s. Unfortunately all the components seem to be some what rare in the sense each individual might have a unique set of them. That makes it difficult to hunt them down. Interaction of genetic and environment is what makes Autism a complex disorder.

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        • (Score: 1) by JoeMerchant on Sunday March 30 2014, @12:02AM

          by JoeMerchant (3937) on Sunday March 30 2014, @12:02AM (#22973)

          When they were born (early 2000s) the establishment refused to attempt diagnosis until age 3. The older boy was enrolled in special needs pre-school starting 5 days after his 3rd birthday (and it was very helpful...)

          By the time the younger was 2.5, they were starting to stretch the rules a little and we got a M.D. to do the diagnosis then.

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          • (Score: 1) by sbgen on Monday March 31 2014, @01:32PM

            by sbgen (1302) on Monday March 31 2014, @01:32PM (#23550)

            I am glad that the kids got started with the program by 3. In early 2000s the concept that diagnosing kids at 3 for autism was very new and most clinicians did not believe in it anyway. Things have rapidly changed since then. I am reading these days they test much earlier than 3 years, that paediatricians (sp.??) follow it as routine and the intervention programs have become better refined. We need more research in this area and the one referred in TFA is a small study by any standards, a progress nonetheless.

            I wish your family good luck and hope for the best outcome possible, nothing less.

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    • (Score: 0, Offtopic) by MillionthMonkey on Friday March 28 2014, @08:20PM

      by MillionthMonkey (2861) on Friday March 28 2014, @08:20PM (#22677)

      Bipolar 2 for example is the kind of bipolar that 90% of women are diagnosed with

      Wow, that's an interesting statistic with no attribution whatsoever... you should really provide a footnote to your source, whether you plucked that statistic out of a chain email or just from your own ass.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 28 2014, @08:46PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 28 2014, @08:46PM (#22689)

        Congratulations, Poindexter, you pounced on that light-hearted example of hyperbole and beat the living shit out of it. I hope you feel proud of yourself, because you won!

        • (Score: 1) by MillionthMonkey on Friday March 28 2014, @09:05PM

          by MillionthMonkey (2861) on Friday March 28 2014, @09:05PM (#22697)

          Congratulations, Poindexter, you pounced on that light-hearted example of hyperbole and beat the living shit out of it.
          My wife has bipolar 2, but her real problem is the comorbid migraine disorder. she has had a single migraine continuously for two years now, so I'm probably a bit heavy hearted. I don't think this was "light hyperbole", just shit from some asshole who mocks people for being disabled.

          • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 29 2014, @06:57AM

            by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 29 2014, @06:57AM (#22842)

            I know it is completely different but after Iraq I suffered migraines. Mine were cause by being a wee bit too close to numerous explosions. I tried everything the VA gave me to help with the migraines. Most of it worked somewhat but it wasn't until I tried pot was I able to deal with the migraines.

            Nowadays I can feel that I have a migraine (Its hard to describe exactly what I mean here) but I do not actively notice the pain anymore.

            I cannot speak to smoking pot with bi-polar though. I could see it helping or hurting. If it doesn't exacerbate her bi-polar I would recommend that she at least try smoking to see if it helps. It has helped me go from being a shut in (Light/noise sensitivity) after my discharge to going back to school and getting a damn good job.

    • (Score: 4, Interesting) by fishybell on Friday March 28 2014, @08:33PM

      by fishybell (3156) Subscriber Badge on Friday March 28 2014, @08:33PM (#22681)

      You're doctor isn't following FDA guidelines if they're prescribing lithium during pregnancy without giving specific information about the risks to the fetus. I'm quite sure the same is true for other anti-psychotics. If you're asserting that doctors are declaring anti-psychotics safe for pregnancy, I'd like a citation to back that up. I'm not saying that there isn't quite possibly a drug, or class of drugs, that cause higher incidents of autism, but I'm placing my bet on environmental factors like pollution to specific compounds or heavy metals.

  • (Score: 1) by JoeMerchant on Friday March 28 2014, @07:43PM

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Friday March 28 2014, @07:43PM (#22654)

    It has more to do with feeding moms drugs, pollutants, etc. because, as they say, most Autism starts young, very young.

    They used to not diagnose it until age 3, but that number has been coming down steadily until, as this paper says, it may begin in utero...

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