A new report released Tuesday found that washing machines are a “key driver” for autism.
The study found that in the first nine months of 2013, the number of children in the country with autism-related symptoms, such as social withdrawal, decreased by 27% after they were switched to washing machines.
The report also found that, in addition to a decrease in autism-like symptoms, the switch to the washing machines reduced the risk of autism-linked infections.
The findings came out during the launch of the first major autism prevention program in Israel, the Israel Autism Initiative.
The findings were published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.
The paper, led by Prof. Avi Steinberg of the Ben-Gurion University Medical Center, analyzed the data of nearly 5,000 children who were hospitalized in Israel between January 1, 2013, and March 31, 2014.
The data revealed that a majority of the children with autism had been in a washing machine for at least one year.
According to the study, among children who had been exposed to washing machine-related bacteria, 68% had been affected by at least some of the following conditions: Inflammation from the environment such as dust or fumes Infections from other household or personal exposures Insect-borne illnesses Anecdotal reports of a change in behavior, including in the case of autism, that was related to the changes in the environment.
“Washing machines are often used in the home as a way of reducing the burden of household and personal exposures to bacteria, which can increase the risk for disease,” Steinberg said.
“In addition, they can also cause more environmental pollution than the household environment.”
In addition to the possible exposure to bacteria from household cleaners, children who lived in homes with washing machines also were more likely to be infected with Salmonella and other E.coli, which are linked to the development of autism.
In Israel, more than 80% of the country’s households have a washing Machine.
The new study found an increase in the number, type, and severity of the infections in households that have installed washing machines, from 9.5% to 24.7%.
The most common type of E. coli in a household is Salmonellosis, which causes diarrhea and vomiting.
“This study shows that household and residential environments are highly susceptible to the spread of Salmonelli disease, which has a long-term effect on the health of children and young people,” said Prof. Elad A. Hochberg, who led the study.
“Washing machine cleaning and the spread and development of Salioidosis are key factors that need to be considered in any preventive and treatment strategies for preventing and treating this disease.”
According to the report, in Israel there were 1,831 children with Salioids, or E. coli, in the year 2014, up from 1,062 in 2014.
In addition, in that same year, there were nearly 700,000 infections of Sali-related diseases, with an average age of 4.7 years.
The report also stated that while the number and severity levels of the diseases decreased significantly between 2014 and 2015, the rates of Salies increased, leading to an increase of about 50% in the infections of E-coli and Salmonello, from 1.1 million infections in 2014 to 1.7 million in 2015.