What is autism? Can it be cured or prevented?

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What is autism? Can it be cured or prevented?
« on: 13/11/2009 17:30:02 »
Simphiwe asked the Naked Scientists:
   
What causes autism and can it be cured?

What do you think?

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Offline Nizzle

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What is autism? Can it be cured or prevented?
« Reply #1 on: 17/11/2009 14:50:19 »
It is said to be an anomaly in the developing brain.
Autism is a psychological disorder, however, more and more genes are linked to the prevalence of autism.

Maybe it's curable if all genes involved are known and if a lot more is known about the human brain, but i do not suspect that to happen in my or your life time.
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« Reply #2 on: 17/11/2009 15:12:28 »
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Autism is a psychological disorder,

I would suggest it's a neurological disorder with some psychological manifestations.

We are yet to pin down the exact causes in the Autism Spectrum which makes curing (even treating) difficult.

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« Reply #3 on: 18/11/2009 09:49:38 »
Autism is a psychological disorder, however, more and more genes are linked to the prevalence of autism.

Yes with this i mean that it's going from psychological to neurological.
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