There is a new mobile app in town to detect autism using facial recognition
Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects children right from their birth. It is characterized by compromised social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and many types of repetitive behaviors. It is also associated with intellectual disability, complications in carrying out motor functions and also co-ordination and attention. Children with Autism also have a variety of health issues to fight like gastrointestinal diseases. But many autistic children excel in fields like math, music and art.
Detecting signs of autism at a very early age has become increasingly easy thanks to the advent of the technology and advancement in many medical fields. One such advancement has been discussed in the following write-up.
1 What causes autism?
1 in 68 American children suffer from Autism, which is a tenfold increase in last 40 years. An estimated 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls get diagnosed with Autism in the United States of America.
There is no one cause of Autism. Scientists have identified a number of gene changes, or mutations that are associated with Autism. Any of them is enough on its own to cause autism in a child. Autism has a very strong connection to genetics and since the genetics of Autism is complex, it is unclear whether ASD is explained more by rare genetic mutations or by rare interaction of multigene of common genetic variant.
Exposure to air pollution and especially heavy metals during pregnancy may increase the risk of autism.