Expert comment: CDC Announcement About Autism

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   Dr. Jennifer Pinto-Martin

   Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing


* Director, Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Research and Epidemiology

* Special consultant to the National Institutes of Health research initiative on autism (2001)

* Research: investigates reasons for the increase in cases of autism and long-term effects of neo-natal brain injury in low birth-weight infants


  "It is too soon to draw conclusions about the causes of autism from these data.  These results can be affected by the quality of the data, such as whether or not researchers had access to all health and educational records."