Circumcision Linked To Autism In Controversial New Study

A controversial new study from Denmark shows a link between circumcision and autism, although experts differ sharply over what to make of it.

For the study, published online Jan. 8, 2015 in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, a pair of researchers looked at cases of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in more than 340,000 boys born in Denmark between 1994 and 2003. The researchers found that the overall risk of developing autism before age 10 was almost 50 percent higher for circumcised boys than uncircumcised boys.

What explains the link?

“All we can say at this point is that there is a statistical association between circumcision and autism,” study co-author Dr. Morten Frisch, a consultant at the Statens Serum Institut (State Serum Institute) and adjunct professor of sexual health epidemiology at Aalborg University in Copenhagen, told The Huffington Post in an email. “We cannot say whether it is a causal association or some spurious non-causal link for which we currently don’t have an explanation.”

Yet Frisch–who is known in Denmark as an outspoken critic of circumcision–raised the possibility of a causal link, with psychological disturbances stemming from the pain of circumcision as a potential culprit. As he —> Read More Here


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