Study links autism in children with parents' mental illness, difficult birth

05/17/2005 | Reuters Health

A new study links a parent's history of mental illness or a difficult birth with a higher risk of autism in an infant. The study of 698 Danish children with the neurological disorder found that a disproportionately high number of the children were born before the 35th week of pregnancy, had suffered low birth weights and were in breech position at birth, and the children were also more likely to have a parent who had been diagnosed with a mental disorder.

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