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Study Links Autism to Epigenetic Changes in Dads’ Sperm

Findings suggest that fathers’ exposure to environmental hazards may alter gene activity in ways that predispose children to autism
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“If epigenetic changes are being passed from fathers to their children, we should be able to detect them in sperm,” says coauthor Daniele Fallin. Dr. Fallin directs the Wendy Klag Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She and her team receive Autism Speaks funding to investigate early environmental influences on autism risk. This includes research that may help identify preventive measures and targets for future treatments.

“These findings offer tantalizing clues about the way risk associated with environmental factors can be transmitted from father to child,” comments Andy Shih, Autism Speaks’ senior vice president for scientific affairs. “It adds to our growing understanding and appreciation of the complexity of gene-environment interaction in autism etiology. It also suggests possible ways to identify relevant environmental risk factors in future studies.” Dr. Shih was not directly involved in the research.



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Widow of a Vietnam veteran exposed to Agent Orange and founder of Agent Orange Legacy.

  2. Catherine Motes Reply

    Could autism in grandchildren of Vietnam veterans be caused by agent orange? I don’t know of anyone else who has it in my family. Also my son has a mitochondrial enzyme disorder and I don’t know of anyone else having this. What can I do?

    • LOVME Reply

      So sorry for delayed response. I believe that autism is caused by the male veteran’s exposure to Agent Orange. The issue is proving it, that has been one of the biggest issues we face. There is really no research, legislation was passed but nothing has been done yet. In the meantime, here is a lihk where you can find info and some answers>>>https://lovme.org/?s=important+links+for+children+of+veterans+exposed+to+agent+orange

  3. Eugene Whitley Reply

    I served in Viet Nam from Aug 1966 – Aug 1967, in US Army.
    My wife and I have one child (who has four children of her own), that was born 10 August 1968. She has had numerous medical problems throughout her life i.e. severe neuropothy, tumors on her spine and depression. None of these problems exist on either my side of the family or my wife’s side of her family. I honestly believe these problems with my daughter are a result of my exposure to Agent Orange while serving in Viet Nam.
    I am going to file form number 21-0304 and see what happens.
    Am I doing the right thing and are there other things I should be doing in an effort to get help for my daughter?
    Thank you for your help.

    • LOVME Reply

      Thank you for your comment Eugene. Yes I believe you are doing the right thing filing a claim on behalf of your daughter. I don’t know if you saw all the links we provide so I will leave it here for your to look at>>>https://lovme.org/important-links-for-children-of-veterans-exposed-to-agent-orange/. I will message you on facebook. Be sure to check your other inbox.

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