Is Autism seeping out of the television?

By Michael Dorausch, D.C. news staff

According to some new research, early exposure to television may be increasing a child’s risk of developing autism.

Scientists have been investigating the huge increase in the number of autism cases and some are now saying the rise coincided with the growth of cable television and videos. According to the National Autistic Society, autism levels in the United Kingdom are at a record high. Various reports suggest that autism rates in United States are also higher than had ever been seen before, with a significantly noticeable increase of autistic children in the state of California.

The study was done by a group of business professors at Cornell University. Researchers utilized tools typically used in economic studies and sought to find if there was any link between the increased growth in children’s television programming, DVDs, VCRs, and computer games to the increasing prevalence of autism.

According to the research, while the evidence is not definitive, there is a suggestive link between television viewing and autism. Scientists investigated whether the early introduction of cable television in the United States had contributed to a current generation of children with autistic conditions. The research was conducted across the states of California, Oregon and Washington. Researchers readily admit that the findings are likely to upset the parents of autistic children, many of whom believe other environmental factors, including but not limited to mass vaccination and compounds found in various vaccines, are to blame.

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