Posted May 18, 2018 12:29:19A study has found that exposure to sunlight can play a role in autism spectrum disorders, with people who have the disorder showing more symptoms and showing a lower response to treatment.
The results of the study, published in the journal Developmental Psychology, were presented at a meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in San Diego.
The study was carried out by a team from the University of Michigan and the University at Buffalo.
“The main finding of this study is that people with autism spectrum have an increased risk of experiencing sun exposure,” said lead author Dr. Michael T. Jurgens, a developmental psychologist at the University, and the Department of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine at the university.
“When we look at these patients, we see a decrease in their overall scores on a battery of clinical indicators.
This suggests that their sun exposure may have an impact on their brain development and behavior.”
The researchers compared the sun exposure of people who had autism spectrum symptoms and those who did not, and then looked at the brain development of people with the disorder and people without it.
They found that the people with ASD had more abnormalities in their frontal lobes, which are associated with cognitive function.
These findings were consistent with earlier research that had found that sun exposure is associated with increased levels of abnormal brain development in children and adolescents with ASD.
The researchers looked at a sample of nearly 3,000 people who underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans in the United States and Europe.
They also looked at data from children with ASD who were followed up for four years.
People with ASD typically have a lower brain mass compared to their peers.
They are often found with shorter stature and higher BMI.
However, the MRI scans also showed that they had less abnormalities in brain development than people without ASD.
“We know that sun-exposed people are more likely to have lower IQs, lower academic achievement, and higher rates of poor mental health, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse,” said Jurgins.
“People with autism may also be more susceptible to the negative consequences of sunlight exposure,” he added.
Researchers are now exploring the potential role that environmental factors play in autism.
They believe that the lack of exposure to sunshine may be one of the factors that contribute to the increased risk.
However, it is important to remember that there is still much that we don’t know about the link between sunlight exposure and autism.
For example, it has been estimated that between 4 and 7 percent of the population has some degree of sun exposure.