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Study links autism and rain

Study links autism and rain

MichaelWaldman Professor Michael Waldman

Professor Michael Waldman is the lead author of a study published in the American Medical Association journal, Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, "Autism Prevalence and Precipitation Rates in California, Oregon, and Washington Counties" (November 2008). It is the first peer-reviewed study to positively associate the prevalence of autism to a factor related to the levels of precipitation in the areas in which children live. The study's co-authors include Associate Professor Sean Nicholson of the College of Human Ecology at Cornell and Dr. John Williams of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania. The new study refines previous research on autism conducted by this team by researchers at Cornell University indicating evidence of an environmental trigger for autism among genetically vulnerable children. "This analysis is an important first step towards identifying a specific environmental trigger, or triggers, for autism," said Waldman. "Our hope is that this study will spur those in the medical community to investigate what the specific trigger might be that is driving our findings, so that countless children can be spared an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis." This research has been covered by USA Today, Thomson Reuters, and dozens of other outlets.


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