Sunday, October 22, 2006

Rain causes autism

According to a new report, Does Television Cause Autism?

the researchers claim to have found a significant link between rates of rainfall, which is presumed to have kept children indoors, the spread of cable television networks with round-the-clock children’s programming and the level of autism diagnoses.

The researchers say their figures are so closely correlated that they “indicate that just under 40% of autism diagnoses in the three states studied (California, Oregon and Washington) is the result of television watching due to precipitation”.

They also found that 17% of the growth in autism cases in two of the states in the 1970s and 1980s might be due to television watching.

Note the scientifically-rigorous use of the word 'might'. Apparently the study is 'controversial'. Hmm, that's not the immediate description that springs to mind.

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