Nov 07 2013

Early Detection of Autism

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  1. ConspicuousCarlon 07 Nov 2013 at 9:37 am

    “away from the hypothesis that vaccines are playing any role.”

    Get ready to gag yourself with a spoon… When I read about this in some article yesterday, I masochistically went to the comments to see if any cranks had anything to say. One person suggested that it was caused by inherited immunity from the mother’s vaccination. I jab you not.

  2. Gallenodon 07 Nov 2013 at 12:21 pm

    “Meanwhile evidence is mounting that autism spectrum disorder, while heterogeneous, is dominantly the result of genetic predisposition.”

    That statement generated a question for me based on something I think I’ve heard annecdotally about there being more boys diagnosed with autism than girls. Is that true and, if so, what is the ratio of boys to girls diagnosed as having something from within the autism spectrum?

    And, if there are a significanlty larger percentage of boys, does that mean there’s some likelihood that whatever genetic predisposition there may be towards autism might be based on some characteristic of the Y chromosome itself?

    I suppose I could go look for information on the Internet, but I consider most of the people I see posting here as more reliable sources, so I thought I’d ask.



  3. Todd W.on 07 Nov 2013 at 12:57 pm


    Yeah, the idea that the mother’s vaccinations are what caused the problem popped up a while ago. As time passes, that idea will become more and more difficult to test, unless the population of completely unvaccinated individuals increases. Most of the mothers whose children are being diagnosed now have probably had some vaccinations when they were a child. Their parents would have had fewer, and their grandparents would have had only a couple (or none) before they had kids. But I’ve heard that argument before to explain why, for example, Kim Stagliano’s (of Age of Autism) third daughter, who is completely unvaccinated, is still autistic.


    Boys, IIRC, have a roughly 4-times greater risk of autism than girls. But I seem to recall that 4-1 ratio not holding up across all variations of the spectrum. There is also some question as to whether differences in how genders are treated may play a role in that discrepancy. In other words, there might actually be more girls who have an ASD than are diagnosed because of how other people behave toward or view girls.

  4. Gallenodon 07 Nov 2013 at 2:23 pm


    Thank you, that’s precisely why I asked the question here instead of trying to wade through the bog that constitutes the bulk of Internet-based information about autism. :)

  5. steve12on 07 Nov 2013 at 2:45 pm

    How long before we see accusations that Dr. Pr-offit & Big Pharma have built time travel technology into vaccines?

  6. Davdoodleson 08 Nov 2013 at 12:32 am

    “One person suggested that it was caused by inherited immunity from the mother’s vaccination.”

    That’s no surprise. I’m sure its the very first thing they thought of which achieves their real aim: To preserve their wrong-headed notion that vaccines are to blame, no matter what.

    So, just special-plead, shift the goalposts, and the crazy carousel lurches off again.

    Cue the creepy Wurlitzer music.

  7. Brad Smithon 08 Nov 2013 at 1:07 am

    @steve12: Please don’t give them ideas…

  8. zorrobanditoon 18 Nov 2013 at 5:46 pm

    As for more boys being impacted by ASD than girls, I would propose the hypothesis that because females in general in our species are more relationship-oriented than males, the marginal autistics in the female population might be better prepared to minimize or deal with the condition than the males, and thus escape diagnosis.

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