Chemistry and Physics Faculty Articles

Title

Linking Autism and Epilepsy

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2016

Publication Title

Children's Health Care

ISSN

0273-9615

Volume

45

Issue/No.

1

First Page

84

Last Page

108

Peer Reviewed

1

Abstract

The prevalence of autism in society makes research on its determinants and correlates particularly important. To rigorously quantify the strength of the connection between autism and three known comorbid conditions—epilepsy, allergies, and asthma—this article employs the child development survey, a large and nationally representative dataset. We find a persistent, statistically significant link between autism and epilepsy, and smaller correlations with allergies and asthma. This data provides a high level of statistical power that allows us to draw conclusions about a possible secular increase in autism. While the etiology of autism remains unclear, our results help clarify possible causative factors.

Comments

©2016 Taylor & Francis

ORCID ID

0000-0003-4692-9539

DOI

10.1080/02739615.2014.979921

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