Autism Research: Still A Long Way To Go


Autism is a serious developmental disorder, that we all know. Many of us might be at peace with the general impression that it occurs to one in hundred thousand people. If you are one of them, it's time you smelled coffee.

A few studies have found that one in every 166 children suffer from this disability. If that's what the figures are like, they are enough for each one of us to sit up and take note of the advancing menace. Experts are highly dissatisfied with the kind of research that is being conducted in this area. To them, what is being done is very little and utterly insufficient to fight the problem at the level it exists.

They cite poor publicity as the foremost reason for it. In the US the national health budget is a staggering $30 million, out of which a meagre 0.75% goes into autism research. With so many children affected, the disability need to be studied and understood better.

The current autism research concerntrates on trying to nail the reason for the autism because we still are groping in the dark about it with too many factors playing unknown parts. To sum the situation up, we are yet to clear the very hurdle that appears to be a long way as of now. Many of the experts feel that exposure to mercury has got something to do with autism while many others are also considering environmental factors.

The researchers who studied autistic children in relation with their family backgrounds found that those who had autistic siblings have higher chances of being autistic. This only suggests that genetic or environmental factors may have a bearing on one's being autistic. However, no conclusion has been reasched so far because the isolation of the factors involved could not be effectively done, which means we are yet to locate and find out which one is the master-guilty and which ones are just contributing or catalytic factors among this plethora of possible factors.

The studies and researches leave a lot to be desired. They lack funding and the government is not under enough public pressure to pump in more money than it is already doing. General awareness regarding the dangers involved in overlooking autism is the only viable answer, for without funding researches cannot gain enough momentum and without organized research the hope of finding a cure is quite a daydream.