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AUTISM Clusters in the South Bay

By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, January 6th, 2010 at 10:09 am in Autism, Health & Safety.

An autistic 7-year-old relaxes at the end of an occupational therapy workout (MCT Direct) So bizarre: UC Davis researchers have found 10 clusters of autism cases in California – including three clusters, where autism rates are almost double the norm, in the Bay Area – and they’re predominantly in areas where parents are white, well-educated and a little older. The three Bay Area clusters are in Redwood City, San Carlos and Belmont; areas of Sunnyvale and Santa Clara; and Western San Francisco.

Why? It’s not because of toxic waste or pollutant issues, the Davis team said, but it may be linked to household products or lifestyle factors associated with more educated families. (Um, like, parents with graduate degrees use more air freshener?) Or, the research team director said, these families may be more likely to have their children diagnosed.

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One Response to “AUTISM Clusters in the South Bay”

  1. Deborah Merlin Says:

    There will be a autism symposium in Torrance CA on Sunday April 11th 2-5pm. Please visit website for more info.
    Is it possible to post on this site?
    Thank you,

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