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The Environmental Autism

November 26, 2014 by

Autism is a disorder that most of us have heard of and are aware of some of the behavioral issues that can accompany someone diagnosed with this disorder.  Autism is a developmental disorder that can range on a wide spectrum from Asperger’s disease to severe autism.  It’s characteristics include awkward social behavior and trouble...

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Mom and Dad: Our Role in Autism Autism is a developmental disorder that is characterized by impairment in communication and social behavior. But there is no single exact idea for what exactly autism is; it exists as a spectrum from nearly unnoticeable to extremely severe. Because of this, physicians often have a difficult time...

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How Mom and Dad Cause Autism

November 25, 2014 by

Autism, a developmental disorder that has its roots in both genetic as well as environmental factors is characterized by learning and social behavior impairments. According to recent research, the environmental factors may be more entangled with the genetic factors than was thought previously. As you might expect, the behavior and lifestyle of an expecting...

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Vaccinate Your Children

November 25, 2014 by

This week we discussed autism in our neurochemistry course.  Most of our discussions have revealed this year that the diseases and disorders in the brain are incredibly complicated.  Autism is not, in this sense, an isolated case. It has many complicated genetic causes.  Some of these genetic causes come about from mutations called de...

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Putting the Puzzle Pieces of Autism Together

  Autism spectrum disorder is the term used to describe a range of neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by communication difficulties, social impairments, and repetitive, restricted, and stereotyped behavior. The U.S. autism rate is currently 1 in 68, though it remains to be determined whether this is due to an increase in prevalence or diagnosis. The...

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A Disorder of Growing Uncertainty: Autism

Global rates of autism have been increasing, and although we have identified several genes and environmental factors with development of the disease, the ultimate cause is yet to be determined.  One might argue that this global increase in autism rates is due to increased diagnosis and classification of the disease.  While this could be...

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    Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is characterized by impairment in communication and social behavior and by repetitive behaviors.  Like most any other disease that affects someone for the majority of their life, a large portion of the cause of autism is due to genetic factors but genetics is unable to account...

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Autism is a spectral disorder that is becoming commonly diagnosed. In fact, 1 in 68 children are diagnosed as part of the spectrum. This brings up the question whether the criteria for diagnosing are becoming fine-tuned and therefore more accurate or whether people are stretching the diagnosis because parents demand an answer to why...

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Obesity is frequently demonized as a disease of laziness – one that people could avoid if they would only get off the couch and eat healthier. Recent research, however, has identified several brain-related components to this disease, possibly enough to categorize it as a brain disorder. While it is true that some individual responsibility...

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A lack of understanding has surrounded autism until recently, as the newest research has begun to shed a light on the potential causes of the disorder iconic of Sheldon Cooper from the Big Bang Theory. Autism is a spectral disorder, meaning its manifests itself in a wide variety of forms, affecting people in a...

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