While there is still no cure for autism, early intervention and treatment can be greatly improved and in some cases, completely overcome.
A new study reveals that the brains of people with this disorder share a common pattern of inflammation from an overactive immune response. In the brains of people with autism, they found genes for inflammation permanently activated in certain cells and has been the largest so far of gene expression in autism.
There are many ways of getting autism, but what Scientists and Doctors cannot figure out is whether the immune response is making things better in the short term and worse in the long term. Inflammation is not likely a root cause of autism but a result of a gene mutation.
Autism is the harshest of a range of neurological and developmental disorders classified as autism spectrum disorder or (ASD). The most universal symptom is difficulty with social interactions, such as discomfort with eye contact and trouble interpreting social cues. Researchers have identified certain genes and areas of the brain associated with the disorder, but that it is also attributed to the environment.
Here are a few quick facts about autism.
- Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder, yet most underfunded.
- Symptoms are presented in infancy. Early indicators include no babbling by age 1, no single words by 16 months, poor eye contact and more.
- Boys are more likely to have autism than girls. Autism is roughly five times more common in boys than girls. One in 42 boys, compared to 1 in 189 girls.
- Scientists are not certain what causes it. But we do know that genetic and environmental factors are contributing factors.
- It is often accompanied with another medical condition. Approximately 10% of children who have it also have another genetic metabolic or Neurologic Disorder. These include Bipolar Disorder, Fragile X syndrome and Down syndrome. Other conditions are allergies, epilepsy, sleeping disorders, and more.
- About 40% of children with autism do not speak. .and roughly a third with autism have a few words at 12 to 18 months of age and then lose them. Some speak, but not until later in childhood.
- Autism is completely individual. There are no two people with autism that are alike.
Although there is no cure, doctors and scientists say that early identification and intervention is essential for children with ASD. It is treated with therapy, education plans and medication.
Author: Blaine Pollock