Opinion: An Immune Disorder at the Root of Autism

Published: Sunday, Aug. 26 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Our Take: Moises Velasquez-Manoff's op-ed piece in Sunday's New York Times makes a strong argument that a significant portion of autism cases stems from mothers whose autoimmune systems become hyperactive during pregnancy. Regardless of whether you agree with Velasquez-Manoff's conclusions, you'll leave this article feeling refreshingly informed about emerging, research-based autism theories.

"In recent years, scientists have made extraordinary advances in understanding the causes of autism, now estimated to afflict 1 in 88 children. But remarkably little of this understanding has percolated into popular awareness, which often remains fixated on vaccines.

"So heres the short of it: At least a subset of autism — perhaps one-third, and very likely more — looks like a type of inflammatory disease. And it begins in the womb."

Read more about this possible cause of autism on The New York Times.

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