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.
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.