Autism- What we know (and what we don't know yet)
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Since the 1980's there has been an extreme spike in diagnosed autism cases. It is unknown if there is an epidemic in autism or if there is just more awareness now.
It has been proven that the older the father is at the time of conception can increase the risk of autism.
It has also been shown that some epilepsy medication taken during pregnancy or getting the flu while pregnant also increases the risk of autism.
Girls are less likely to be diagnosed with autism. No one is sure whether this is because girls aren't at as much of a risk with autism or if it is more undetectable.
Siblings are less likely to have autism than twins, especially identical twins.
There are new ways of detecting autism in babies so the proper care and education can be provided.
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