Infections During Pregnancy Linked to Autism
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Children of mothers who had a bacterial infection while in the hospital have a 58 percent higher risk of developing Autism, according to a Kaiser Permanente study.
The study examined 407 children with autism and 2,075 children without autism. Researchers found mothers who had a hospital-diagnosed bacterial infection had a higher chance of having children with autism than mothers who did not, and mothers with an infection in the second trimester had an even higher risk. It is not yet known how the two are associated.
"Our findings indicate that although most infections during pregnancy were not associated with autism in the child, there appears to be some increased risk for autism," lead study author Ousseny Zerbo, PhD, was quoted as saying. "Infections diagnosed in an inpatient setting may represent more severe infections, and these were associated with increased risk of ASD.”
For more information, go to: http://share.kaiserpermanente.org/article/hospital-diagnosed-maternal-infections-linked-to-increased-autism-risk/
SOURCE: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, December 2013
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