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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-28-09 01:33 AM
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14. FYI
"Individuals affected by autism are like snowflakes," says Professor of Health Services Michelle Rowe, Ph.D. "No two are alike."

Executive Director, The Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support

Current research is focusing on the relationship between genetic and immune responses in children with autism. "Most experts agree that there is a genetic predisposition to autism," Dr. Rowe says. "Yet, several studies have now shown that in many cases the autism, especially the regressive form, is likely triggered by some environmental factor producing an inflammatory response in the body." Family members of individuals with autism often have a history of diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, that produce an autoimmune response and cause inflammation in parts of the body.

Other studies on brain imaging have shown areas in the brain of individuals with autism that respond differently than those without autism.

"Clearly, autism is a brain disorder," she notes, "and research should focus on brain functioning of individuals with autism and how best to develop interventions that target the affected areas of the brain."
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