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Monday, August 12, 2013

Induced labor may heighten risk of autism in kids

Mothers who need drugs to instill delivery are more likely to have autistic children , a new study has found. The study, published in the current issue of the JAMA Pediatrics, suggests that several brain changes revealed in autism are likely to occur during pregnancy and delivery. Thus, pregnant women who require drugs to have their labor started or sped up are slightly more likely to have autistic children. But inducing labor per say doesn't result in autism, researchers clarified. Instead, the need to induce labor is a marker for an underlying pregnancy problem that causes autism , they added. “It's possible that infants destined to develop autism are less likely to send out the correct biochemical signals for normal progression of labor," Tara Wenger, a pediatric genetics fellow at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, who wasn't involved in the new study, said. The study For the purpose of the study, researchers at the Duke Institute of Molecular Physiology looked at birth re

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