- According to recent statistics from CDC in the USA, 1 in 7 children have some sort of developmental delay. UK NHS figures indicates that 1 in 15 people in the UK have a so called a rare disorder. Meanwhile, about 1 in 68 children have been diagnosed as having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) according to estimates from the CDC Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network. ASD is almost 5 times more common among boys (1 in 42) than girls (1 in 189).
- Recent studies have indicated a very strong association between genetics and Autism. A recent study from October 2014 carried out at the world famous Great Ormond Street Hospital in London identified more than 100 genes linked with Autism.
- However, Autism is beyond genetics as there are other factors such as environment, dietary, and physiological health issues including Increased Intestinal Permeability (Leaky Gut) that can be the underlying causes of Autism.
- This work is very important as it brings us closer to interpreting genetic data from families affected by autism and using it during genetic counselling to start explaining to families why their child may have the condition and what their likelihood of having further children with ASD might be. Prof. David Skuse, Great Ormond Street Hospital.