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The Environmental and Genetic Causes of Autism

The Environmental and Genetic Causes of Autism

Praise for “Causes”

Chapter 1. Background and Concepts 5

Chapter 2. Symptoms and Diagnosis of Autism 69

Chapter 3. Evidence of Genetic and Epigenetic Risk Components of Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorder 87

Chapter 4. Speech, Language, and Communication Phenotypes in ASD 116

Chapter 5. Genetic and Environmental Factors That Influence Social Cognitive Skills in ASD 134

Chapter 6. Cognitive Phenotypes in ASD 153

Chapter 7. Repetitive Motor Behaviors and Seizure Phenotypes 159

Chapter 8. Sensory Phenotypes and Sensory Processing Disorder 165

Chapter 9. Immunological Factors in Autism and ASD 169

Chapter 10. Gastrointestinal and Renal Phenotypes 192

Chapter 11. Neurotoxin-Induced Autoimmune-Mediated Neurological Damage in Autism 200

Chapter 12. Vaccine-Autism Studies Ignored by the CDC 217

Chapter 13. Concepts of Comorbidity in Autism and Autism Research 230

Chapter 14. Study Designs for Meaningful Future Causal Research in Autism 241

Chapter 15. Biological Pathways and Networks Views of Autism 253

Chapter 16. Toward a Multidimensional Matrix Risk Model for Autism 260

Chapter 17. The Logic of Prevention in Autism and Gene-Informed Treatment 271

Chapter 18. Injecting Objective Association and Causal Inference into Clinical Trials, Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment of ASD 292

“Causes” Acronym List


Chapter 18. Injecting Objective Association and Causal Inference into Clinical Trials, Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment of ASD

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Chapter 17. The Logic of Prevention in Autism and Gene-Informed Treatment

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Chapter 16. Toward a Multidimensional Matrix Risk Model for Autism

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Chapter 14. Study Designs for Meaningful Future Causal Research in Autism

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Chapter 13. Concepts of Comorbidity in Autism and Autism Research

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