Autism linked with environmental factors

While the underlying causes of autism are still not fully understood, many health experts believe that genetics, environmental factors or a combination of the two are to blame. Now, a new meta-analysis has revealed that toxins in the environment may play a much more significant role in the formation of this neurodevelopmental disorder than previously thought. In a new study published in the journal PLOS Computational Biology, researchers from the University of Chicago examined medical records from more than 100 million people living in the United States. Their analysis reviewed that autism and intellectual disability (ID) rates correlated at the county level with incidences of genital malformations in newborn males.

For their research, Rzhetsky and his team analyzed data from insurance claims that covered more than a third of the U.S. population. They looked at data from individual states and more than 3,100 counties, comparing autism rates and cases of congenital malformations of the male reproductive system-such as micropenis, hypospadias, undescended testicles and more. (read more on fox news)

How Autism is treated? 

Biomedical Treatments

There are many established and new autism treatments and interventions in the domains of medicine, education and behavior. Biomedical interventions are those that focus on the physical needs of the person as a biomedical organism, addressing deficits or encouraging weaker pathways by medical or chemical means. gluten-free diet, use of supplements, gut treatments, sulfation and immune system regulation

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