Tuesday, October 17, 2006

TV causes autism

Cornell research:
Autism is currently estimated to affect approximately one in every 166 children, yet the cause or causes of the condition are not well understood. One of the current theories concerning the condition is that among a set of children vulnerable to developing the condition because of their underlying genetics, the condition manifests itself when such a child is exposed to a (currently unknown) environmental trigger. In this paper we empirically investigate the hypothesis that early childhood television viewing serves as such a trigger. ... These findings are consistent with early childhood television viewing being an important trigger for autism.
Or maybe autistic kids watch more TV. Or maybe TV-watching moms see an autism discussion on Oprah and then run out and get diagnoses for their kids.

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