Oct 7, 2014, NewJersey.com: Study finds link between autism and time between pregnancies
Conception timing a factor in autism? The spacing of pregnancies may play a factor in the development of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a new study suggests. Investigators discovered children who were conceived either less than one year or more than five years after the birth of their prior sibling were more likely to be diagnosed with autism than children conceived following an interval of two to five years. The research, conducted by a team at Columbia University, is published this month in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The risk of an autism diagnosis among children conceived less than 12 months following a sibling's birth was one and a half times as high as those conceived following an interval of 24-59 months. Children conceived following an interval of 60-120 months were almost 30 percent more likely to be diagnosed with autism. For intervals of more than 120 months, the risk of autism was more than 40 percent higher.
Actually this claim has been around for awhile. It makes no sense unless someone can prove that suddenly lots of mothers are having babies closely spaced. Autism is now an epidemic among our children. A once rare disorder is now so common that it affects one in every 68 children, one in every 42 boys.
Researchers have to do autism busywork like this so the public thinks that someone is doing something. When they run out of new things to link to autism, they give us the old stuff. Actually I'm waiting for a study on children born during the full moon phase.
I guess we have all the time in the world to figure out the cause. Most of the research blames the mom--we are not far removed from the days of the "refrigerator mother" being at fault for autism in a child.
Research links autism to old moms, fat moms, moms who smoke, moms who marry old dads, moms who drink, moms who take anti-depressants, moms who don't get enough folic acid, moms with bad genes and moms who live too close to freeways.
Maybe when this generation of disabled children reaches adulthood and is dependent on the taxpayers for its support and care we'll get serious about recognizing the cause.
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