Study data on 180 full-term babies admitted to a hospital neonatal intensive care unit showed that 43% went on to have global developmental delays, 29% had cerebral palsy, 26% had epilepsy and 6.7% had autism spectrum disorder, according to McGill University researchers. They said the autism rate was far higher than for the general population and many of these children also had at least one of the other disorders. The findings were presented at the Child Neurology Society's annual meeting.

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