The brains of people with autism are chemically different from those without autism, according to researchers.
A study, published in the journal Nature, showed the unique characters of the frontal and temporal lobes had disappeared.
Different genes should be active in each region, but autistic brains had the same pattern of gene expression.
The National Autistic Society said the results could be important for future treatments.
Autism spectrum disorders, including Asperger’s syndrome, are common and affect more than 500,000 people in the UK.
They are thought to be caused by a combination of genetics and the environment.
“Yet when we examined how genes and proteins interact in autistic people’s brains, we saw well-defined shared patterns. This common thread could hold the key to pinpointing the disorder’s origins.”
The scientists in the UK, US and Canada compared samples from 19 autistic brains and 17 without.
They noticed that 209 genes linked to the way brain cells work and talk to each other were working at a lower level in autistic brains while 235 genes linked to immune and inflammatory responses were expressed more strongly.
The researchers said many of these genes had already been linked to the condition.
They also noted that there was no longer a difference in the genes expressed in the frontal and temporal lobes in the brain.
Professor Daniel Geschwind said: “Instead, the frontal lobe closely resembles the temporal lobe.”
It is likely due to defective brain development, they argue.
Richard Mills, director of research at the National Autistic Society said: “We are beginning to better understand the differences between the brains of people with autism and those without.
“If replicated these findings are important for the development of interventions which may reduce the more disabling effects of autism.
“They also confirm the importance of research that can shed light on underlying mechanisms. It is critical that we continue our investment in high quality research consortia.”
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Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid.
ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.
The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t work. In study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work.
What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.
The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth.
The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome.
This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.
Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.
Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.
Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.
[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]
Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.