Study says that people who have autism & epilepsy have higher risk of dying early

April 21st, 2011 - 6:51 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, April 21 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A new study has identified that people with autism and epilepsy have higher risk of dying early when compared with people with only autism. The study was published on the 15th of April in the Journal of Child Neurology.

The researchers identified that having autism and epilepsy increases one’s chances of dying by as much as 800 percent when they are compared with those with only autism. The study was conducted using brain tissues which were donated by people with autism and epilepsy.

The tissues were donated to the Autism Speaks’ Autism Tissue Program. When the tissues were analyzed, it was found that about 39 percent of the people had both autism and epilepsy. The researchers determined that 39 percent was much higher than the rate of epilepsy in the general autism population. They reached their conclusion after they studied data from the California State Department of Developmental Services.

The trend was evident. People who were both epileptic and had autism had 800 percent chance of dying when they are compared with people who has only autism.

In a press release, the Vice President of the clinical programs at Autism Speaks, Clara Lajonchere, urged caution in the interpretation of the study.

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