A recent study through the University of California Davis has presented some interesting findings related to autism diagnosis. The research identified 10 different areas within California that had clusters of autism, which meant that the rates of autism diagnoses were higher than normal. This study focused mainly on the hot debate that the cause of autism could have to do with environmental triggers.
According to the scientists of the study, the main two factors that contributed to the diagnosis of autism were that the parents had very high education, and they also lived close to facilities for autism treatment. The researchers of the study did not show that any environmental toxins contributed to autism in the area, which mainly encompassed Southern California and the Bay Area. This study looked at more than 2.5 million births in the region through 1996 to 2000, where 10,000 children were then diagnosed with autism.
Some researchers are pointing to the evidence that more affluent and educated families may have better tools to diagnose autism in their children, especially as it is hard to provide education about autism to areas that are disadvantaged. However, there is a long-term debate that has argued that autism awareness may be the cause of more cases of autism recorded. Some researchers do believe that this increase in the diagnosis has to do with an expansion of the diagnosis, greater awareness, and a greater understanding by many communities.
Doctors are still trying to determine what the triggers to the disorder may be, especially since they believe that it could be caused by a number of issues. Some of these theories include exposure to toxins, damage from medication, damage during birth, or even vaccines during childhood, which has been proven inconclusive by the Supreme Court. This is just another finding in research related to pursuing the cause of autism.
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