Study: Firstborn children at greater risk of autism

Although older parents are more likely to have a child with autism, children with older siblings are less likely to be diagnosed with the disorder, according to a study from University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers involving more than 1,200 autism cases. Lead researcher Maureen Durkin, an epidemiologist, says a woman's first child can be more vulnerable to toxins built up in the mother's body or less likely to develop normal childhood infections that trigger important autoimmune responses.

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