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Exploring the possibility that unsafe fetal ultrasounds are the source of the worldwide rise in autism. A Website for Exploring the Topic Could prenatal ultrasounds be a major contributor to the increase in autism?
This website is a repository of information related to the hypothesis. Over 50 papers and articles are listed and linked on the Evidence page and are referenced throughout the website. Is prenatal ultrasound safe? The allowable intensity of prenatal ultrasound was increased 8-fold in without testing for safety then or since.
This is the entire statement: Conclusions Regarding Epidemiology for Obstetric Ultrasound http: Some studies have reported effects of exposure to diagnostic ultrasound during pregnancy, such as low birth weight, delayed speech, dyslexia, and non-right-handedness.
Other studies have not demonstrated such effects. Researcher David Blake recently completed this video presentation on ultrasound side effects and safety issues: Why prenatal ultrasound, the most obvious change in the environment of gestation, is not being investigated as a possible cause was addressed in the last minute of the forum.
It is at For a transcript of that portion, click here. What other environmental changes are suspects? The Elephant in the Room. The burden of proof should fall onto those who claim prenatal ultrasound is safe rather than those who say it is unsafe.
This website has no references to studies showing prenatal ultrasound to be safe for the fetus because prenatal ultrasound has never been proved safe. It is also possible that during certain periods of development, the brain is vulnerable to even the approved exposure levels of ultrasound.
Recent US Research September — Researchers affiliated with the University of Washington concluded in a study of autistic boys that an ultrasound scan in the first trimester correlates to more severe autism symptoms.
The first trimester was found to be a critical time. The study did not consider whether the ultrasound exposures later in a pregnancy caused the less severe autism.
Chinese Research A Chinese study published in January reports significant physical effects on the brains of lab rats as well as learning and memory effects.
Click on Key Points 8, 50 and 59 on the Evidence page for earlier studies dating back 20 years which have similar results. There is a new book with more information on research in China conducted on human fetuses scheduled for abortion that shows damage to the immune system, brain and kidneys.
Examination with ultrasound is optional and of little value in a normal pregnancy. Since prenatal ultrasound has never been proved safe and while research continues into the causes of increased autism, it would seem prudent to avoid such exposures.
Autism is most accurately known as autism spectrum disorders ASD because it encompasses a range of developmental disorders, most familiarly an impaired ability to communicate with others and a need for repetition. There are different levels of severity and combinations of symptoms in autism.
A small percentage of cases can be linked to genetic disorders, but a recent major study of twins supports earlier studies in concluding that environmental exposures during or shortly after gestation cause a majority of autism cases.
During brain development, cells form and migrate to the cerebral cortex. In many autism cases, brain scans reveal an increased number of cells and of minicolumns of cells.
Extra minicolumns and cells can affect the brainwide connectivity pattern for communication among cells, thereby altering brain function. Autopsies showed those exposed to sonograms longer than 10 minutes to have significant damage. An ultrasound device for fetal imaging emits short pulses of high frequency sound waves that reflect off the tissues of the fetus.
The return echoes are converted into images. In addition to vibration, ultrasound waves can cause heating of the tissue and bone.
UC San Diego research reported in that key genetic markers were absent in the brains of children with autism indicating that the creation in gestation of six distinct layers with specific types of brain cells had been disrupted. Inwithout testing for safety the FDA increased the allowable intensity of prenatal ultrasound 8-fold to improve images.
Today, it affects 1 in 88 U. Prenatal ultrasound is now routine for most pregnant women in developed countries.
The number of ultrasounds per U. The children of obese mothers have a higher rate of autism.Ultrasound Autism Connection? Exploring the possibility that unsafe fetal ultrasounds are the source of the worldwide rise in autism. Autism can develop at various ages.
Some infants may show early signs of autism while others may develop normally until 15 to 30 months. The Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, Revised with Follow-Up (M-CHAT-R/F) is a 2 stage screening tool for parents to assess their child's risk for autism spectrum disorder.
the Autism, PDD and Asperger Syndrome page includes answers to frequently asked questions, informational articles about advocacy, legal resources and cases, recommended books, free publications, information and support groups.
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) are a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges.
CDC is working to find out how many children have ASDs, discover the risk factors, and raise awareness of . Thank you for putting all of this together in one place.
It is interesting also to note that Julie Geberding was head of the CDC during the time () that Thompson’s paper was published prior to her move to Merck as President of Vaccines. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that is caused by differences in how the brain functions.
People with ASD may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in different ways. Recent estimates from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network found that about 1 in 68 children have been identified with ASD in communities across the United States.