Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Big List of S*%# Linked to Autism: Immigration to Sweden

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The Big List of S*%# Linked to Autism: Immigration to Sweden

A new one for the "might cause Autism" list ... IMMIGRATION. Specifically in this study, immigrating to Sweden.

"This is an intriguing discovery, in which we can see strong links between a certain kind of autism and the time of the mother's immigration to Sweden," says principal investigator Cecilia Magnusson, Associate Professor of epidemiology at Karolinska Institutet. "The study is important, as it shows that autism isn't governed only by but by too."

The study, which is published in the scientific periodical The shows that children of immigrant parents, particularly from countries of low human development, are disproportionately likely to develop autism with , a connection that appears to be related to the timing of migration rather than complications in childbirth. Children, whose mothers migrated just before or during pregnancy, ran the highest risk of all.

"At this juncture we can but speculate about the causes, but our assumption is that environmental factors impacting on the developing fetus, such as stress, new or infections, could lead to the development of autism with intellectual disability," says Dr. Magnusson.

The Big List of S*%# Linked to Autism

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