Combined Effects Of Maternal Obesity, Diabetes ‘Substantially’ Raise Autism Risks

(By – Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News)

While the incidence of autism spectrum disorder has increased in recent years, what’s behind it remains relatively mysterious and even controversial. But a major study could shed new light on some of the maternal health factors that may increase children’s risk of developing the condition.

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder marked by difficulties with communication and social interaction as well as repetitive or obsessive behaviors. The range and severity of symptoms can vary widely. Read more…

 

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