Autism: An Overview

Autism is a childhood developmental disorder that appears during the first 3 years of life, and affects the brain’s development of usual social and communication skills. Although the exact cause of autism is unknown, there appear to be multiple factors involved, including genetics, or heredity.

Other suspected contributing causes, none of which has been proven, include:Image preview

  • Diet
  • Digestive tract changes
  • Mercury poisoning
  • The body’s inability to properly use vitamins and minerals
  • Vaccine sensitivity

The number of children with autism is not known. A recent report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that autism and related disorders are more common than previously thought. However, it is unclear whether this is due to an increasing rate of the illness or an increased ability to diagnose it. Autism affects boys 3 – 4 times more often than girls, and family income, education, and lifestyle do not seem to affect the risk of developing autism.

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