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Possible cause of Autism - Oxygen Deprivation during Birth

December 22nd, 2005

Possible cause of Autism - Oxygen Deprivation during Birth

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Research conducted with rats shows that one possible cause of autism is oxygen deprivation during birth. 

Fabrizio Strata, a neuroscience researcher at the University of California, San Francisco who is co-author of the study shows a potential non-genetic occurrence of autism.  There is no data study of humans in this study, and if the oxygen deprivation is the cause of the autism, it does not lead to any easy treatment.



The study was conducted by depriving oxygen level in rat pups for as long as 10 12 minutes during birth by increasing the nitrogen in the air.  As the rats grew older they had symptoms similar to those found in autistic children.  The rats that were deprived took longer to respond to sounds and the region of the brain that handles sound were disrupted.  

Distinctive behaviors of autistic children are difficulty with social interaction, have problems with verbal and nonverbal communication, they have narrow obsessive interests and also will do repetitive activities.


The thought behind this study is the potential of oxygen deprivation during the birthing process caused by a twisted umbilical cord for instance.  The lack of oxygen could potentially be one of the causes of autism, but the study was not able to conclude that for certain.  Possible further research data on births of autistic children would help to define the potential of autism caused during the birthing process.

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By Nicole Wilson
Best Syndication Staff Writer



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