Thursday, August 22, 2013

Autism and Childbirth: A Link?

Autism and Childbirth: A Link?

.....Could medicine commonly given to pregnant women to speed childbirth have an effect on which children develop autism? That provocative theory has been kicking around in some medical circles for more than a decade. But even today, no one knows the answer.
A new study, though, suggests that it's a question worth answering. Kids born to women who received drugs to help start or accelerate labor, researchers found, face an elevated risk of later being diagnosed with autism or a related cognitive disorder. The increase was small, but with millions of children born each year nationwide, it could be significant.....

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