Autism More Common In High-Tech Cities

It may seem odd, but some new research shows that autism may be more common in cities (or areas) that...
It may seem odd, but some new research shows that autism may be more common in cities (or areas) that are more high-tech than low-tech. This research was done in the Netherlands, and researchers found that children with autism were more commonly living in Eindhoven, a region with a rich IT sector. Two other regions with fewer IT businesses also had fewer children with autism. Study researchers say that the findings could translate to other high-tech areas, such as California's Silicon Valley. According to Medscape Medical News, study coauthor, Rosa Hoekstra says, "We hypothesized that there might be a link between having a talent for IT, engineering, math, and computers and having a child with autism." Being employed in a specific occupation seems like a highly unlikely risk factor for autism to me, but at least this study presents an interesting theory in the ever growing field of autism research. Learn more about autism:

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