Why more boys?

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Registered: 07-03-2006
Why more boys?
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Tue, 10-28-2008 - 8:45pm
For those who believe there is a link between vaccines and autism, is there any science that explains why so many more boys are affected than girls?
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Registered: 12-14-2000
In reply to: gpmtrixie
Tue, 10-28-2008 - 9:39pm
I don't think anyone's claiming that vaccines are the sole cause of autism, just that they are a trigger in susceptible children.
 

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Registered: 03-25-2003
In reply to: gpmtrixie
Wed, 10-29-2008 - 9:05am

Or maybe, because it's probably an X-linked chromosomal abnormality?


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Registered: 12-14-2000
In reply to: gpmtrixie
Wed, 10-29-2008 - 9:36am

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Registered: 10-18-2007
In reply to: gpmtrixie
Wed, 10-29-2008 - 9:49am

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Yeah, me too.

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In reply to: gpmtrixie
Wed, 10-29-2008 - 9:53am

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Registered: 04-28-2007
In reply to: gpmtrixie
Sun, 11-16-2008 - 11:47pm

Honestly, I think there are a great many girls who are mis-dx or not dx at all. I speak from experience as an educator, I had more boys than girls who were dx as ASD or ADHD but I had plenty of girls who would I believe have qualified as ASD or ADD if they had been evaluated. Girls on the higher end of the spectrum tend to hide their symptoms better; they are the avid readers, the quiet ones, the dreamers etc.

In my ds's class right now there are 3 girls in a class of 7, not exactly the ratio of boys to girls with ASD that is published.

Interesting about he x linked idea, if so though it should be easier to establish that link. For example many other ASD type of syndromes are x linked like fragile x, Angelmans syndrome (linked to chromosome 15 on the mother's side). Just need to see more detailed science first.

Dee