Hospital-diagnosed bacterial infection while pregnant linked to increased autism risk

12/25/2013 | Medical News Today

Pregnant women who were diagnosed with a bacterial infection while in the hospital had a 58% greater likelihood of having a child with autism spectrum disorder than those who were not infected, a study showed. Getting an infection diagnosis in the hospital during the second trimester was associated with a threefold higher autism risk, researchers reported in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

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