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Causes of Autism

As of now, there is no agreement on the causes of autism. There is, however, a great deal of new research on the subject. Scientists are finding surprising new information about genetics, brain structure, environmental impacts and more.
  1. Autism and the Brain (3)
  2. Genetics and Autism (8)
  3. Vaccines and Autism (15)

What Is Real Autism?
What is "real autism?" There are official criteria describing each of the autism spectrum disorders, but there's still plenty of disagreement. Find out how a top expert defines autism. You may be surprised.

Can Tuberous Sclerosis Cause Autism?
Tuberous Sclerosis is a rare medical condition which can cause autism. It's untreatable, and may have accompanying symptoms.

Low Birth Weight Raise a Baby's Risk of Autism?
Does low birth rate raise a child's risk of autism? Recent studies suggest there may be a connection.

Study Links Mercury Emissions Linked to Autism Rates
A new study suggests that autism rates may be linked to environmental mercury.

What Causes Autism?
While there is no absolute answer to the question, there are many theories about the cause of autism.

Is Autism on the Rise?
Since the early 1990's, diagnoses of autism have risen dramatically. Is the increase in diagnoses due to changes in diagnostic criteria combined with reater aware of the syndrome? Or is there a real increase in the number of autistic children, due to a new enviromental toxin?

Causes of Autism: Recent Findings
What causes autism? Recent research has turned up new information about genetics, brain structure, environmental issues and more. As scientists build consensus, they are closing in on possible causes and cures for autism.

Can Wheat or Dairy Cause Autism?
Can wheat (gluten) or dairy (cassein), or a combination of both, actually cause autism? Review the evidence.

Refrigerator Mothers
It was only a few decades ago that mothers were blamed for their children's autism. Labelled "refrigerator mothers," they were told that their cold mothering syle had traumatized their infants. Read more about this debunked theory.

Alternative Perspective: Can Food Allergies Cause Autism?
Defeat Autism Now, a project of the Autism Institute, has conducted its own research into diet and autism. They have concluded that certain foods, additives and nutrients can cause or alleviate autistic symptoms. The DAN protocol is well-known among parents, but is not well-researched within the larger scientific community.

Ideopathic - What Is Idiopathic Autism?
Ideopathic - What Is Idiopathic Autism?

Alternative Perspective: Can Food Allergies Cause Autism?
Defeat Autism Now, a project of the Autism Institute, has conducted its own research into diet and autism. They have concluded that certain foods, additives and nutrients can cause or alleviate autistic symptoms. The DAN protocol is well-known among parents, but is not well-researched within the larger scientific community.

Can You Catch or Acquire Autism?
Can you "catch" autism as you'd catch the flu? Can autism be acquired or must you be born with it? Here are answers to these and other related questions.

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