For the record, I am automatically skeptical of any “study” that claims any one thing or things “causes” autism… especially when the source isn’t a respected and well-known news outlet.
On the other hand, it wouldn’t surprise me much if a connection between these sorts of chemicals and autism spectrum disorders is found eventually. And until then, I may opt to just live with the dandelions on my lawn…
Glyphosate is a major component of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. Glyphosate was manufactured by Monsanto and is one of the most widely used herbicides around the world. A number of scientific studies surrounding glyphosate have shed light on its effects within the human body. It’s responsible for triggering health problems like gastrointestinal disorders, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.
In a paper published Wednesday in the journal Nature, Yale psychiatry and genetics professor Matthew State and a team of researchers identified a trio of key genetic mutations found in autism. The discovery helps pinpoint the processes involved in the disorder and eventually may lead to the development of a treatment.
“It’s like a light has been turned on,” said Dr. Stephan Sanders, a pediatrician and first author of the Yale paper. “We know now that we just have to continue doing more of this. It’s wonderful, actually.”
Recent figures published by the CDC seem to indicate a higher incidence of autism spectrum disorders in New Jersey, as opposed to other areas of the country. But that might not be the case.
However, Walter Zahorodny, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, who led the New Jersey component of the research, says he believes the numbers in New Jersey are higher than elsewhere because schools and health providers in the state are better equipped to detect cases of autism than elsewhere in the country – and that the numbers show no evidence that New Jersey children are at higher risk for autism.
Part III of GCTV’s ongoing series on autism awareness. This video focuses on basic information about autism and autism spectrum disorders, potential causes, different options for therapy, and a discussion of the economy and its impact on all of the above.
Dr. Mariannne Barton, University of Connecticut
Dr. Robert Nolfo, Guilford Pediatrics
Sara Reed, ASCONN
Michelle Guerra, Parent
Video hosted and produced by Tony Fappiano, directed by Donald Baecher for Guilford Community Television.