According to the CDC, one out of every 68 children in the U.S is born with autism. That’s a thirty percent increase from last year. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects people in varying degrees, from high-functioning folks who are verbal and often excel in areas like music, math and art, while less-functional ASD patients may harm themselves or have difficulty doing everyday tasks.
Scientists don’t fully understand what causes autism, but they are beginning to gain a better idea of its roots. Research shows that autism is tied to early brain development. In other cases, researchers identified environmental factors like a genetic predisposition to autism, which affects early brain development. The age of the parent, illness during conception and/or pregnancy, and lack of oxygen to the baby’s brain during pregnancy (or other difficulties during pregnancy) are all risk factors.
With an increased number of children affected,
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