Autism Linked to Rainfall

A new study published by the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine links precipitation rates in California, Oregon, and Washington counties to an increased prevalence of cases of Autism. You can read the abstract of the article at the link above, or a summary at other news outlets.

Essentially, the authors claim that the abundance of precipitation might cause younger children to spend more time indoors, where they are more exposed to various environmental factors such as exposure to household chemicals and pollutants, lack of vitamin D from exposure to the sun, or increased television viewing.