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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-06-10 03:31 PM
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Autism 'Clusters' Linked To Parents' Education
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Source: NPR

Clusters of children diagnosed with autism tend to occur in places where parents are older, more educated, and white, according to a study by researchers at the University of California, Davis.

The study found no link to local pollution or chemical exposures which some consumer groups have cited as possible causes of autism clusters.

The results suggest that areas in California with apparently high rates of autism spectrum disorders are probably just places where parents are more likely to obtain a diagnosis for their child, the researchers say.

"It doesn't necessarily mean that higher education causes autism," says Irva Hertz-Picciotto, one of the study's authors and a researcher at the UC Davis MIND Institute. "It gets you the diagnosis more frequently."

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