Mamas on Bedrest: It’s World Autism Awareness Month!

April 3rd, 2014

World-autism-awareness-dayHello Mamas and Happy Video Wednesday!

April 2, 2014 is World Autism Awareness Day. April has been designated Autism Awareness Month. In this video blog, I review current statistics and information about Autism and what Mamas on Bedrest should know and keep in mind.

First of all, I was shocked to learn that the prevalence of Autism has risen since I last researched it. It currently affects 1 out of 68 children in the United States and affects boys 4-5 times more often than girls. The prevalence of autism in boys is 1 out of 42 boys. The prevalence in girls is 1 out of 189 girls. No matter how you look at it, autism is pervasive and becoming more so daily.

While physicians and scientists know more than ever before about autism, there is still much to learn. In particular, while it is know that autism has a genetic component and appears to cause gene mutations, most researchers and physicians agree that autism is the result of genetic mutations as well as environmental factors that influence early brain development. This caught my eye in light of my recent post on epigenetics. It seems that more and more chronic diseases in our society are either the direct result or the result at least in part of our environment. These evironmental influences are affecting us at the cellular level and causing disease.


If you would like to learn more about autism, visit

World Autism Awareness 

Autism Speaks

Autism Society

Autism Research Institute

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

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