It seems that the science world is on a never ending road to discoveries. These new discoveries help the world by shedding some light on unknown causes of serious illnesses. Last week we were talking about the fact that overweight women have increased risks of developing ovarian cancer. In the most recent studies, scientists discovered that one of the causes that lead to autism could be of environmental origins, more precisely the environmental toxins. These new causes of autism can trigger this serious development disability.
Autism affects the intellectual ability of an individual, the attentiveness, the motor skills and also causes sleep disorders and stomach problems. Autism is usually visible in children of 2-3 years old and the statistics are that 1 in 88 children develop autism, with an increased number of 10% every 40 years. Boys are more likely to develop autism.
Scientists are still debating the new causes of autism and also study genetics and mutations that affect the development of the brain. The other causes of autism are the parental age, the child’s conception period, if there was any oxygen deprivation during the pregnancy period. But scientists agree that the environmental toxins are the new causes of autism they are focusing on at the moment.
New Causes Of Autism are still being debated
Andrey Rzhetsky, a professor of genetic medicine at the University of Chicago, analyzed data from 100 million children from different U.S states in order to measure the autism rates and their intellectual disabilities. They also studied the genital defects of boys because scientist believe this could indicate if the parents have been exposed to any environmental toxins like lead and pesticide.
The scientists have not yet identified the exact environmental toxins that are the new causes of autism. They believe that chemicals found in plastic materials, food cans and other products may lead to the development of this illness. They also study the effects of air pollution as a cause of autism.