There has been some concern that mercury may play a role in autism development. Several studies have been conducted but no clear link has been found.
A study was recently published online in PLoS One, in which researchers with the North Yorkshire and York Primary Care Trust found that even low-level mercury exposure is not likely to contribute to autism.
The team of researchers held a study of 56 children with autism spectrum disorders, and mainstream, special school and sibling controls.
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The lion’s share of services for those affected by autism is directed at early intervention and those under the age of 21. A Philadelphia College has launched an initiative to address the increasing need for services for the adult population with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).
“There is very little right now in terms of services when you reach 21” says Paul Haughton, Ph.D., chief psychologist at CORA Services “We’re focusing on children, rightfully so, but as they move into adulthood and turn 21 it’s almost like they drop off a cliff in terms of organized systematic services for them.”
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A study by a Florida State University researcher has shown that African-American children receive a diagnosis of autism later than other children, which can negatively affect their treatment.
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