Autism: It’s the Environment, Not Just Doctors Diagnosing More Disease

The Autism News | English By Marla Cone | Environmental Health News | SFGate | San Francisco Chronicle California’s sevenfold increase in autism cannot be explained by changes in doctors’ diagnoses and most likely is due to environmental exposures, University of California scientists reported Thursday. The scientists who authored the new study advocate a nationwide shift in autism research to focus on an array of potential factors in the environment that babies and fetuses are exposed to, including pesticides, viruses and chemicals in household products. “It’s time to start looking for the environmental culprits responsible for the remarkable increase in the rate of autism in California,” said Irva Hertz-Picciotto, an epidemiology professor at University of California, Davis who led the study.

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Autism: It’s the Environment, Not Just Doctors Diagnosing More Disease

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